DOLE Challenge: Very Berry Cookie Crumble Banana Split

For TasteSpotting’s DOLE challenge, my sister and I decided to make a very berry, chocolate chip cookie crumble, banana split. Now, that’s a handful to say haha. We used the homemade whole wheat chocolate chip cookies we baked just yesterday. The challenge guidelines recommends you make a dessert that is less than 350 calories so when I looked back at past submissions, individuals used less servings of ice cream and chocolate to reduce the calorie count. Well, my sister had a bright idea to make it healthier and less calories by using greek yogurt instead of ice cream! She personally doesn’t like greek yogurt alone (whereas I do but I know other individuals may not), so we decided to use the strawberry goji fruit flavoring as well and make the banana split a berry flavored one! It’s the perfect recipe to enjoy as a breakfast or as a dessert any time of the day since it has a healthy dose of protein, carbohydrates, and delicious chocolate that you cannot feel guilty eating because its (1) homemade, (2) made with healthy carbohydrates and (3) the cookies are low-fat since they are made with no butter!! Enjoy 🙂 We encourage you to celebrate National Banana Split Day next week as well by making your own banana split recipe or enjoying ours! 

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

1 medium or large very ripe DOLE banana

3 walnut halves, broken into pieces

10 fresh blueberries

1 container of Strawberry Goji Flavored Greek Yogurt 

1 homemade whole wheat chocolate chip cookie – recipe is here

1 tbsp chocolate syrup (optional)

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Directions

1. Slice the banana in half and place on a plate or in a bowl.

2. Scoop out the greek yogurt and top the center of the two bananas with it.

3. Drizzle with the strawberry goji fruit flavoring.

4. Crumble the cookie with your hand and drizzle over the yogurt and bananas.

5. Top with the walnuts and blueberries.

bon appetit!

6. Enjoy right away. If you want, drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top as well (just be warned that that would add ~ 40 more calories depending on which syrup you use so you would just be hitting the 350 calorie mark).

banana split w/ chocolate drizzle

my sister gobbling up our creation

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Homemade 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Yogurt

I’ve been struggling with finding a protein-heavy vegan yogurt so I decided to try making my own. The ones I found in my supermarket were all Coconut Milk or Almond Milk based so I whipped out my blender and tried to make a yogurt with some ice. It only took 4 ingredients and it turned out delicious. The yogurt tasted just like chocolate frozen yogurt and with the add-ins I recommended, you will get some extra sweetness too if you need it, but the yogurt itself was already naturally sweet! It’s such an easy recipe – I’m really glad it worked out and tasted so delicious. And, on top of it, one serving of this yogurt has 23g of protein and is only 160 calories! The best part, in my mind, is that it is chocolate flavored haha. You cannot beat that. Let me know how yours comes out!

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The Recipe

Yields 2 – 4 Servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup of yogurt (for 2 servings)

1 cup almond milk

3 scoops SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

10 – 12 ice cubes

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp probiotic powder (optional)

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Directions

1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high speed for about a minute (use an ice crusher setting if your blender has one). Open the blender and make sure the texture is smoothie-like. If you think it is too watery/milky still, add more ice cubes. Don’t be afraid to add more ice to make it as thick as you want.

2. Empty the blender into a bowl and place the bowl into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before enjoying. Leave any extras in the fridge – it will last fresh for about three days.

3. Eat with any add-ins or alone! I enjoyed my yogurt by dipping strawberries into it. You can throw in some nuts, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, granola, etc.

Greek Yogurt Parfait

My brother is trying to get used to taste of Greek Yogurt so he can add some more protein to his vegetarian diet. Therefore, I made him a parfait to help him enjoy the yogurt. It had a balance of protein, sweetness, carbohydrates, and whole grains so it was a good breakfast option and could even be a great snack or dessert. I used granola, honey, and blueberries and layered yogurt in between in a normal drinking glass that I found in the kitchen.

** Update: a day later, my sister wanted to have a yogurt parfait too so I made her one with the same ingredients but added some Kellogg’s Froot Loops in between the layers! Here’s a picture (the recipe is the same, just add some Froot Loops with the granola):

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 1 8 fl oz glass

1 cup 0% fat greek yogurt

1/2 cup granola

1/2 cup blueberries, washed

1 tbsp honey

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Directions

1. Layer the parfait in the following way and enjoy with a spoon straight from the glass (be sure to split the yogurt in thirds when putting it in the glass, the blueberries in thirds, and the granola in halves):

– yogurt

– blueberries

– granola

– yogurt

– honey

– blueberries

– yogurt

– granola

– blueberries