Cool off on hot summer days with these chocolate crunch frozen yogurt bars! They're made with a creamy frozen greek yogurt that's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and SunButter and then further dipped in crispy and crunchy dark chocolate to create a luscious shell. It's a healthier take on the classic and the perfect sweet treat the whole family will love!
These homemade popsicles satisfy the desire for ice cream turn it into a "healthier" treat. The frozen yogurt is incredible on its own with its creamy and nutty flavor but then I wanted to step it up a notch and add a crunchy chocolate shell. Each bite is a mouthful of chocolate frozen treat goodness, you will never know it's made with healthier ingredients.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Greek yogurt - This is the base of the frozen yogurt. The greek style provides a thicker creamier consistency that's perfect for popsicles and ice cream. I even use it in my frozen chocolate greek yogurt. Use a plain greek yogurt and opt for anything from 0%-full fat depending how creamy you want the yogurt. Use a dairy-free greek-style yogurt to make this recipe dairy free and vegan.
- SunButter - Mixed into the yogurt to add some natural flavor that resembles cookie dough. It thickens up the yogurt so it's even creamier and, the best part, makes these frozen yogurt bars completely NUT FREE!
- Maple syrup - This is how we naturally sweeten the yogurt. Substitute with honey or agave if needed.
- Dark chocolate - Melted down to create the chocolate shell around the frozen yogurt bars. Make sure to use a dairy free chocolate if needed.
- Brown rice crisps - A handful is mixed into the melted chocolate to add some crunch to the popsicles. You can also use rice krispies, crushed pretzels, or chopped up nuts or seeds.
How to Make Frozen Yogurt Bars
These frozen treats are so simple to make. You need a large bowl, a popsicle mold, a sauce pan to melt the chocolate, and a tall cup to dip the popsicles in.
Step 1 : Prepare the frozen yogurt. First mix together the greek yogurt, SunButter, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, and sea salt with a whisk until well combined. Continue to mix until the SunButter has blended into the yogurt and no large clumps remain.
Pour the yogurt mixture into the popsicle molds half way up. This leaves enough room for the stick once the bars have frozen. Press popsicle sticks into the center of each popsicle and transfer the container to the freezer to set for at least 8 hours.
Step 2 : Melt the chocolate. In a saucepan melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil over medium low heat until the chocolate is thin and silky. Stir continuously so the chocolate doesn't burn. Remove the saucepan from the element and stir in the brown rice crisps until coated.
Step 3 : Dip the popsicles in the chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate into a wide glass. Dip each frozen popsicle into the melted chocolate until the bottom of the popsicle is submerged. Let the chocolate drip off the popsicle and lip it right side up once the chocolate has stopped running off. You will notice the chocolate has partially set already over the popsicle!
Lay each chocolate coated frozen yogurt bar on a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer them back to the freezer to set for another 20 minutes. This ensures the chocolate shell has solidified.
How to Store
Once the chocolate shell has set, place each popsicle in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer until ready to enjoy! They will keep for up to a month.
- Add some chocolate chips to the yogurt mixture to make a chocolate chip frozen treat.
- Use chopped up pretzels instead of brown rice crisps to add some saltiness to the popsicles.
- Mix some fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas or fresh berries into the yogurt for some added fruitiness.
- Use a higher fat yogurt for extra creamy texture. You can use 0% fat yogurt, just know that your frozen yogurt won't be as creamy.
- Only fill the popsicles up half way with the yogurt mixture. This will leave enough room for the stick once it's frozen. If you fill the popsicles molds up all the way you will only have about an inch of stick to hold onto.
- Don't forget to add some coconut oil to the melted chocolate to thin it out. When it comes to dipping the popsicles in chocolate, a thin coat is always best.
- Make sure the frozen yogurt bars are really cold and hard before dipping them in the melted chocolate. This prevents a big melted chocolate mess and allows the chocolate to set almost immediately.
- When dipping the popsicle in the chocolate, let it hang upside down over the cup so the excess chocolate can run off. Flip the popsicle right side up once the chocolate has stopped running off the top and has semi-set already on the popsicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, 3 oz Dixie cups work well for frozen yogurt bars. You can fill these up all the way and then place plastic wrap over the top and insert a popsicle stick into the top and freeze.
If you simply place a carton of yogurt in the freezer it may become icy. Mixing in something else into the yogurt to help soak up any excess water like SunButter will make the frozen yogurt creamy without being icy.
Higher fat yogurt freezes the best as its water content is lower than low fat yogurt. Greek yogurt is naturally thicker so it also freezes well.
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Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
- In a bowl, mix together the greek yogurt, SunButter, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt with a whisk until well combined. The SunButter should be incorporated into the yogurt and create a light tan color.
- Fill up some popsicle molds half way with the yogurt mixture. Place the lid on top of the mold and insert popsicle sticks into the center of each popsicle. Transfer the mold to the freezer so the popsicles can set for at least 8 hours.
- Once the popsicles are frozen, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted and is thin and silky smooth. Remove the pan from the element and stir in the brown rice crisps until coated.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a wide glass container. Submerge each frozen yogurt bar into the glass of chocolate. Hold the popsicle upside down above the glass while the excess chocolate drips off. The chocolate should be semi-set at this point. Place the popsicles on a baking sheet lined with parchment parchment paper and repeat with remaining popsicles. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for another 10 - 15 minutes so the chocolate can set further before enjoying!