pay it forward.

by Holly on December 16, 2010

in challenge,holidays,recipes

Tis’ the season for spending 20 minutes scraping ice off your car windshield, navigating four-foot high snow drifts on your mile-long walk to work and paying it forward.

Especially paying it forward.

And what better way to pay it forward than with Chobani Greek yogurt, no?

This Greek yogurt is jam-packed with protein, bone-building calcium and an amazingly creamy, thick flavor I’ve come to absolutely j’adore. Chobani was the first Greek yogurt I ever had, and since then, I haven’t been able to go back to the regular stuff. It’s just not the same.

Last week, I received an e-mail from Emily at Chobani saying I had been chosen to participate in in a blogger holiday recipe challenge.

The challenge?

Create a recipe using the yogurt, sign this oven mitt and pass it along for another blogger to use in this recipe challenge.

Sounds easy and cheery enough, right?

Right.

As soon as I received my stash of yogurt from Chobani and oven mitt from Brandi, I was ready to get to work. The only problem was my apartment was severely lacking in groceries. With my paltry stash of food, you would possibly think I am currently going through some karmic spiritual fast or protesting food in defense of some kind of horrible social wrongdoing.

Not true, not true.

I’m just poor and don’t want to buy more groceries before I leave for Minnesota on Saturday.

Luckily, four simple ingredients came to my rescue – cinnamon, peanut butter chips, frozen bananas and Greek yogurt.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops

1 1/2 bananas, frozen + cut into 1-inch slices
1 (6 oz.) container 0% Chobani plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter chips (or 2 T peanut butter)
1 t ground cinnamon
drizzle of agave syrup

In a food processor or Vita-Mix, blend the bananas until they reach an ice cream-like consistency. This should take between 3 – 4 minutes. Add in the rest of your ingredients, and blend well.

In a popsicle mold or small paper Dixie cups, pour the mixture.

Place a popsicle stick or spoon in each cup, and place in the freezer for at least 3 – 4 hours.

Makes 2 large popsicles or 4 small popsicles

These pops are yummy, fun to eat and a lovely balance of healthy fats + protein.

To be sure of this, I had one for a snack tonight.

I plan on eating the other one for breakfast tomorrow morning.

If I could send you one in the mail without it melting and ruining a completely delicious froyo pop, I would. But I can’t. Because it will melt, and I will feel sad for the uneaten melty pop.

As for the blogger I choose to pass this mitt along to…that would be Janetha. She is one of the most caring, giving and hilariously awesome people I know. I had the privilege of meeting her at the Foodbuzz Festival last month, and I am pretty sure we would be the best of friends if we lived in the same city.

Plus, I know my homegirl loves her Greek yogurt (Marshall too!).

Make sure to check in with Chobani after the New Year – you’ll get to see all the recipes and visit each blog to explore even more delicious creations and healthy inspirations. One lucky fan will even win a special prize pack of their very own, including the signed blogger oven mitt!

What are some of your favorite healthy holiday recipes? Sharing is caring!

{ 21 comments }

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

The part you wrote about Janetha was super sweet!

Love your homemade popsicles!

Holiday recipes? They ain’t all healthy, but I have my 12 Days/Recipes of Xmas up right now. I termed 2 of the 12 “healthy” and that’s kind of a stretch :)

janetha December 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

made me cry. just a lil. <3

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

aw yum!!! these are adorable and i love how easy they are to make!!

Lauren December 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

I am doing this challenge right now too!! Gosh, I almost sent mine to Janetha too but now Im glad I didn’t. This is such a cool challenge, so glad you were a part! ;)

Love you hun

Erica December 17, 2010 at 6:03 am

That is so fun! The pop sounds delicious. I saw Brandi’s recipe for the pumpkin dip and I am making it for a party this weekend. Can’t wait. And no one more deserving than the fabulous Janetha :)

Matt December 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

That sounds awesome!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 17, 2010 at 6:27 am

I LOVE that photo of you and Janetha – adorable! And maybe if I make your yogurt pops I will stop eating pints of Ben & Jerry’s every night.

Heh. A girl can hope!

Sami December 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

you and j are two of my favorites for sure. together, i’ll bet you’re an unstoppable duo ;) hopefully someday i’ll get to meet the both of you! i couldn’t have chosen a better person to pass the chobs along to myself. love your idea for froyo pops! these look yummy. i’ll bet it would be good with chocolate chips instead of pb, too! maybe some dried cherries frozen in, too! or raspberrry yogurt & chocolate chips? :)

xo.

rebecca lustig December 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

those ingredients definitely come to great use– love the idea of th pops!

brandi December 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

What a fun recipe!!! The funniest thing? My choices were you or Janetha for the mitt :) So happy you’re sending it on to her!

Rachel (tea and chocolate) December 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

Great idea to make pops! I may have to try this despite it being freezing outside.

Mallory December 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

between the last post with glorious chocolatey-peanut buttery oats and now this one, i’m pretty sure my coworkers have some serious concerns about me… you know, THAT girl who just looks longingly at her computer screen sighing.
whatevs, i’m over it.
and need to recreate your recipes… SOON!

Marci December 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

That is genius! Looks so delish. And I am loving your photos in the light box. I love all the ingredients you used, especially Chobani.

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover December 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Loved this challenge, Holly!
I wish I lived in the US… and I wish I knew how to cook (and make recipes from the scratch)!
;)

emily (a nutritionist eats) December 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

What a great idea by Chobani! Love it! Your pops sound amazing!

Katie December 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I love your pops, lady! Ari might be convinced to break his no-yogurt rule for these little guys.

Eden December 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

How creative! I once stuck a yogurt in the freezer to chill it fast but it ended up frozen solid. should stuck a stick in it! I am dying to get the mitt at some point. Also I’m not as creative so you, so in my case, I’m paying it backwards.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

What an awesome challenge! I totally love the sound of these peanutty ice pops. :D

Runeatrepeat December 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

Whew! Looks cold out there – stay warm!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

that is such a cute idea to have a blogger mitt passaround! I love it!

Those yogurt pops sound awesome.

elise December 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

yummy! i love mixing greek yogurt with salsa and adding it to mexican dishes because its like a healthier sour cream sauce with a little bit o spice.

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