This frozen yogurt bark is unbelievably simple, and such a treat! My kids have been choosing pieces of this new “dessert” instead of their popsicles as an after dinner treat, so you know it must be good! It takes less than five minutes to prepare, and you can add anything you like to make it your own.
You know that I love stories, so here’s a little story about how this recipe came about.
I had a moment recently. It was ugly and involved tears, but it was a much needed reckoning that I needed to get serious about losing the stubborn baby weight that has hung around since I had Jackson, oh, seven years ago.
I was rifling through my closet, looking for something nice to wear, getting more and more frustrated. All the contents of my dresser came out, was tried on, and then dumped in a pile. Nope, none of it was going to work.
Close to tears, I called Tom into the bedroom. “Babe, can you help me reach the clothes on the top shelf, please?”
Tom walked in warily, eyeing the mountains of shirts and dresses strewn about. He’s no fool.
“All this stuff is too small, from before I had kids,” I pointed and then spun around, “and all of this is too big.”
He stepped around my piles and pointed to another drawer, “How about this stuff?”
“That doesn’t fit either,” I wailed.
That’s been my story for years now. If there’s such a thing, I think I’m in body limbo. My 30s have seen three sizes: before kids, right after kids, and now. Don’t get me wrong, I have birthed three children, nursed them for years, and eaten their leftover mac and cheese lunches for almost as long. I give my body grace for working so hard, but it’s time to pick a size and let that be the new me.
I want to feel strong and healthy again. I want to run after my silverbacks without huffing and puffing. I also want to turn my nose up at their leftovers, but I’m realistic here.
All this to say, I asked my super fit mom friend, Megan, for some help. Megan has three kids herself, so I knew that whatever workouts and meals she juggles with her family would work for me, too. Plus, I just want to look just like her. (In a non-creepy way, promise). You’ll see what I mean when you see her Instagram.
On and off for the last year I have been joining her fitness groups on Facebook. She puts out clean eating meal plans that I love and fitness tips and inspiration, so after I had my mini breakdown I buckled down and joined her clean eating challenge with some serious goals. I’m on day five of workouts that I might not live through, and every muscle in my body is sore, but I’m determined to find the new me that’s going to stick around. (I was on Snapchat this morning while the whole fam was working out (ahem, resting in between sets) – find me! @norahpritchard)
Megan shared the Greek Yogurt Bark recipe in that clean eating group and I went nuts for it as soon as I tried it. You will, too. There are endless ways to make this healthy treat. Different nuts and fruits, you could use different flavored yogurt. The options are endless.
I fooled around with a couple different flavors, vanilla and chocolate, and I think I’m going to mix some strawberry jam in the next batch! Let me know your favorite flavor combinations when you make it!
- 2 cups yogurt (I used Greek yogurt and whole milk vanilla yogurt – both delicious)
- 2 Tbsp. honey or to taste (I only use it for the Greek yogurt)
- 1 cup strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
- 1 cup blueberries, washed
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- To make the chocolate banana bark, I added 4 Tbsp. of cocoa powder to the yogurt and then topped with sliced bananas and a sprinkle of mini dark chocolate chips. It’s amazing at satisfying a sweet tooth after dinner!
Mix the yogurt and honey (if using) in a bowl. Spread mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet into a layer a little less than a ½ inch thick. Then top with whatever you like – berries and nuts, a little jam, even melted peanut butter would taste amazing, I bet. Freeze for about two hours and then break into chunks.
Cheers to healthy treats! Do you know this body limbo I’m talking about, friends? Have you had a moment of reckoning when you decided to find yourself as an adult? Tell me about it. I’d love to connect.