I confess, I have a serious sweet tooth. Every day, especially after dinner, I need to have at least a small nibble on something sweet. Unfortunately, sometimes I can’t stop at a nibble. I try to find treats that will satisfy my craving but not expand my hips. You might remember the low calorie brownie cheesecake bars I wrote about a while back. Any dessert under 100 calories sounds good to me.
While I was casually scrolling through Pinterestone one day, I came upon this enticing pin:
Later that week, the family was invited to a weekend barbecue and I offered to take something sweet. That was the perfect opportunity to give these a shot. I usually try to avoid taking an untested recipe to a party but, I decided to live on the wild side and go for it.
- 12 reduced fat vanilla wafers
- 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 8 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced thin (I only needed 3 whole strawberries)
- 8 oz blueberries
I pulled up the pin on my phone while I was in the grocery store and was linked directly to Gina’s recipe. The recipe calls for 60z of fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, Gina said she used the Chobani brand. At The store, I found that the other brands were all 5.3oz so I had to get the Chobani. This is what the container looks like.
I did make one change to the recipe, the vanilla wafers. The reduced fat ones were $2 more a box than the regular kind! I figured I could indulge in a couple of more calories to save some money. Hey, what can I say, I’m a mom on a budget.
The recipe went together very easily. And I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes. The recipe said to bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is almost set. As they say, all ovens are a little different, at 20 min the center was completely set for me. If you try these, check them around 15-18 minutes.
The recipe made enough batter for 13 cupcakes. Well, it would only be proper to take an even dozen to the party right? What to do with the extra one?
Come to mama…
Let me tell you, it was tough to stop at one bite to take that picture. But for you guys, I can be strong. It was as tasty as it looks!
The only draw back was the cookie bottom sticking to the paper liner. The cupcake has to be eaten out of the liner. That worked out well at the barbecue, no need for extra plates.
I calculated the difference between reduced fat and the regular vanilla wafers and there is only a difference of 1.25 calories between each cookie. The Skinnytaste recipe calculates each cupcake to have 98 calories. With my substitution, it went up to 99.25 calories. I think I made the right choice to save 2 bucks.
Next time, I might try the recipe with a with the strawberry or peach flavored yogurt. Maybe I’ll find even more ideas for low calorie fillings on Pinterest.
If you want to save a little $ when giving this a try, go to www.chobani.com for a coupon. At the time of this post there is a .30 coupon off a 6oz container. Every little bit counts right?
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