Here’s a recipe that happened because another one didn’t. I’m starting to get pretty good at not letting food go to waste when my plans don’t work out. Which is a good thing, since wasting food is a huge pet peeve of mine. I bought a box of Nilla Wafers not too long ago because I’ve been dying to make a cake that’s a twist on a classic dessert (no spoilers here since I still want to make it). I planned on making this cake for a coworker’s birthday, but then luck would have it, I found out she didn’t like one of the main ingredients, so I switched to plan B. That left me with a box of Nilla Wafers. If I opened them, mindless snacking would surely ensue. I’m not going to pretend that still didn’t happen. 😉 Right there on the side of the box was a recipe for Nilla Wafer Yogurt Freeze. Three ingredients and no harder than waiting for them to freeze. Sold!
So how’s it taste?
So good! I just whipped them together and thought, “Ok these will be decent for a low calorie snack.” Really had no expectations. Oh yum! I made two flavors, one key lime and one strawberry. Both were really good and so refreshing, but the strawberry had me going “OMG these are incredible!” I think it’s because the strawberry yogurt I used had chunks of real strawberry. These treats would be great with any fruity flavor of yogurt. I think they’d be super tasty with some frozen fruit sprinkled in there, too. You can really have fun with this dessert!
What I like best is that they are fairly large in size and only 59 calories per serving! Of course this depends on what yogurt you use. I used fat-free yogurts that were around 100 calories for 6 ounces, and I used fat-free whipped topping. The whipped topping makes them so creamy, almost like ice cream. As they get older, the Nilla Wafers get softer and it’s like eating an ice cream sandwich! Perfect little cool bites when you’re craving something sweet!
Nilla Wafer Yogurt Freeze
makes 12 servings
per serving*: 59 calories, 0.5g fat, 12.1g carbs, 0.0g fiber, 1.6g protein
*nutrition information will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use
24 reduced fat Nilla Wafers
1 1/2 cups yogurt (I used fat free strawberry & key lime), divided per flavor
1 1/2 cups whipped topping, thawed (I used fat free Cool Whip), divided per flavor
1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Place one Nilla Wafer in each muffin cup.
2. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and whipped topping. (3/4 cup yogurt with 3/4 cup whipped topping makes 6 servings, if you want to do more than one flavor. 3/4 cup yogurt is about 6 oz.)
3. Cover each muffin cup with yogurt mixture (about 1/4 cup yogurt mixture per muffin cup). Top with remaining Nilla wafers.
4. Freeze for 1 hour or until firm. You may need to use a knife to "pop" the frozen cups out of the muffin tin and let them sit at room temperature for a minute or two until the paper is easy to peel off. Remove them all from the tin and store in the freezer in a gallon-sized freezer bag.