The recipe I am sharing today was thrown together real quick after a failure on my attempt to make PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Popsicles in my Zoku popsicle maker. It was an error in my part because I accidentally over filled the popsicle maker… so they were completely stuck in it and wouldn’t remove 🙁 No worries though, because A) I promise I will re-do and share some super delicious, healthy popsicle recipes soon and B) This yogurt parfait is equally as scrumptious! Besides, the PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait has basically the same ingredients as the popsicles I had in mind, but in parfait form!!
So what is PB2? If you haven’t tried it before, it’s basically powdered peanut butter. I saw it at Costco a few months ago for a really good deal and thought I’d give it a try (like $5-6 for 16 oz). The concept of it intrigued me. The packaging says its made from “superior quality peanuts that are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil”. It suggests to add some to yogurt, shakes or vegetable stir fry for some extra with 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. You can also just add 1 tbsp. of water to 2 tbsp. PB2 to create instant peanut butter.
Jif creamy peanut butter has about 16 g fat per 2 tbsp. and this PB2 has 1.5 g fat per 2 tbsp. Crazy!!
Well besides throwing it into smoothies ( whicch turns out great!!), I haven’t quite experimented with it yet. The Recipe ReDux theme for April inspired me to play around with it a little more. The theme is “Spring Cleaning”, where we were challenged to go through our pantries, find an ingredient thats been hanging out for awhile and create something with it. I’m so glad I was inspired to create this yummy and super easy treat with it. I can’t wait to try out more ideas with my PB2.
To make PB2 Banana Greek yogurt, its as simple as mixing together 2 tbsp of PB2 with 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt and a mashed banana. To take it a few steps further, I made it into a lovely parfait which could be eaten as a snack, dessert or even breakfast! I layered the yogurt mixture with melted dark chocolate, no-added salt peanuts and crushed graham crackers.
Feel free to layer it whatever ingredients you prefer. I happen to love this combination. Hence my post on Chunky Monkey Cookies. I bet this yogurt is even good with some strawberries…it’d be like a PB & J parfait.
Hope you try out PB2 and make this healthier, high protein treat! If you already do use it, please share some of your other ideas! I imagine the possibilities are endless! Oatmeal, baked goods, dips, thai dishes.
- 1 banana
- 1 c. vanilla greek yogurt (or plain if you prefer)
- 2 tbsp. PB2
- No added salt peanut, amount per your preference
- 1 graham crackers
- Dark chocolate chips, amount per your preference
- Completely smash a banana with a fork in a small bowl.
- Add 1 cup of greek yogurt and 2 tbsp. of PB2. Stir well to combine.
- Crush 1 graham cracker. I put it in a zip lock and smashed it well until it was crumbly.
- Take some dark chocolate chips and melt in a microwave safe bowl until just melted and stir to smooth out.
- In a large single serve bowl, first layer half of each the Greek yogurt mixture, peanuts, chocolate and graham crackers. Repeat this layer and end with the graham crackers and a few extra nuts on top.
- Feel free to layer it whatever ingredients you prefer. I bet this yogurt is even good with some strawberries…it’d be like a PB & J parfait 🙂