It’s a constant struggle to find ways to get my kids to snack healthier. Not only do they get bored easily, they always ask for candy or ice cream first. The funny thing is that we rarely have candy in the house and we usually only allow ice cream once a week. Yet every day they get home from school and ask for both.
But I have to admit that I can’t really blame them. Candy and ice cream tastes good! But on the average day we need something better. Something that tastes great but has more wholesome ingredients that make us all both happy and healthy.
Which is why I love going to Walmart and seeing this:
Yoplait® yogurt. There are over 125 flavors of Yoplait yogurt so it’s a great way to have healthier snack options for my kids in their favorite flavors. On our last trip to Walmart we actually discovered a new-to-us Yoplait product called Plenti. Plenti is a hearty Greek Yogurt filled with yummy, wholesome stuff like whole grain oats, flax and pumpkin seeds.
It also has real fruit in it too!
The taste and texture of Yoplait Plenti is amazing, but even with this deliciousness, I need to provide some variety or eventually my kids will revolt and begin asking for the candy and ice cream again. Which is why I accepted Yoplait’s challenge to 1-Up Your Cup!
One of our most favorite ways to enjoy yogurt a little differently is to freeze it. It softens up quickly when removed from the freezer which gives it a texture very similar to ice cream, but better because yogurt actually has better-for-you ingredients. You can freeze it as-is, open it up and put a stick in it to make a yogurt pop, spoon it into ice cube trays, or even take it to the next step and do what I did – create a more wholesome version of one of our favorite candy treats!
I created frozen yogurt and peanut butter “cups” quickly and easily with some cupcake liners and a muffin pan. You really won’t believe how easy they are to make! One cup of yogurt makes 6 of these delicious little treats.
What you need:
- 1 Yoplait Yogurt cup (approx. 5.5 ounces each)
- 6 tsp-8 tsp creamy, natural peanut butter
- 6 cupcake liners
- 1 muffin pan
- Line the muffin pan with the cupcake liners.
- Drop 1 tsp or so of peanut butter into each liner and spread it across the bottom of the liner.
- Spoon the yogurt into each liner dividing it as evenly as possible between the 6.
- Freeze for at least an hour until solid.
- Remove from freezer and peel the cupcake liners off the frozen treats and refreeze until ready to eat. Enjoy frozen or they get messy!
If you aren’t a fan of peanut butter or have a peanut allergy you can make these without the peanut butter just use 2 containers of yogurt for every 6 cupcake liners.
These are surprisingly good. When you freeze the yogurt the flavor really seems to get stronger and sweeter just like eating candy! The shape reminds me of my all-time favorite candy which definitely satisfied my emotional health as well. It helps me feel like I am indulging even though I am enjoying a more wholesome treat.
My kids thought so too. They call it “yogurt candy” – I call that a win!
For more delicious ways to 1-Up Your Cup visit this Yoplait Pinterest Board.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.