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Greek Yogurt Protein Bark is a simple, quick, and delicious dish that you can enjoy for snacks or breakfasts. It is a fantastic meal prep snack that you can store in the freezer to keep on hand for when hunger strikes. Summer is all about cool, refreshing recipes and yogurt bark definitely fits the bill. Greek yogurt bark is also super versatile – you start with a plain base and you can turn it into as many different flavour combinations as your heart desires. I’ve got THREE different combos for you in this post: honey berry, peanut butter chocolate, and lemon blueberry.
Recipe and photos by Julia Hop Hing BSc
Flavor Variations of Greek Yogurt Protein Bark
Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium. It is much higher in protein compared to regular yogurt. Protein’s role is to help support and build important parts of the body, such as bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin. It also supports a healthy immune system. The high protein content in Greek yogurt is helpful for those with low bone density (such as people living with paralysis), for maintaining muscle mass (which is especially important as we age), and for pressure wound healing.
The high calcium content of Greek yogurt is great in supporting bone health. Disabled people are at increased risk for osteoporosis, particularly those with conditions such as spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. Children with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida also have more fragile bones. People who use wheelchairs and don’t spend a lot of time doing weight-bearing activity are also at higher risk. The bottom line is that high calcium foods are critical for all the above conditions and Greek yogurt fits the bill.
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Although this recipe has recipes for 3 variations, there are ingredient combos you can use, such as:
- Cereal yogurt bark
- Almonds, cranberries, and chia seeds
- Blueberry, coconut, almond
- Pineapple and coconut (throw in chia seeds for a fiber boost)
- Chocolate banana (mix in cocoa powder with the yogurt base and top with sliced bananas)
- Chocolate chip granola
- Tropical coconut (top with mixed frozen tropical fruit and shredded coconut)
- Peanut butter strawberry (blend frozen strawberries with yogurt base to give it a beautiful pink colour and top with drizzled peanut butter)
- Matcha white chocolate
- Peanut butter pretzel (or peanut butter, chocolate, pretzel)
This Greek Yogurt Protein Bark is…
- High in protein (especially if you add chia seeds – these Inari Organic Black Whole Chia Seeds are perfect!)
- High in calcium
- A filling, nutritionally balanced breakfast or snack
- Easy and quick to make
- Great for meal prep
- Stores well in the freezer (make sure to use freezer safe containers like Minimal’s Food Storage Containers!)
- 3-6 ingredients
- Varied – the number of flavor combinations is endless
Here are some things that you might need for this recipe…
Greek Yogurt Protein Bark
GREEK YOGURT BASE (this serves as the base for all 3 variations)
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (Feel free to sub regular yogurt if you don't have Greek yogurt)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR VARIATIONS
Honey Berry Greek Yogurt Bark
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen) (Note: you can also use frozen mixed berries)
- 2 tbsp honey or nut butter of choice to drizzle on top
- 1-2 tbsp chia seeds (optional – for a fiber boost)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark
- 2-3 tbsp melted chocolate chips
- 2-3 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter; you can melt it in the microwave if it is too thick)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries (for a topping)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (optional – for more of a chocolate flavor)
Blueberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Bark
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Mix the Greek yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup together in a bowl until fully combined.
- Prepare your toppings (ie. chop the fruit, etc.).
- Spread the yogurt base evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread it thinly if you want it to mimic the texture of chocolate bark. Spread a thick layer if you prefer a thicker texture.
- Top with your toppings! Top with fruit, drizzle on the peanut butter, honey, or chocolate.
- Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Once it hardens, cut into squares or break up into uneven sized pieces like you would when making chocolate bark.
- Store in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to eat them, I suggest taking out a few pieces and letting it defrost for a few minutes so it’s easier to bite into.
Looking for more delicious breakfast or snacks? Make sure to check out my Protein Chia Pudding – 3 Ways and Protein Overnight Oats: Three Ways recipes!Let me know and send me a picture on Instagram if you try any of these out!
Jackie is a Toronto-based Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Health Science (MHSc) in Nutrition Communications, whose mission is to empower and support people with disabilities to manage their condition, prevent complications, and live active lifestyles through nutrition. Jackie runs a virtual private practice and consulting business and runs her blog which has simple recipes and health information for the disability community.