Chocolate Yogurt: A Poor Man’s Banana Split

Gentle Readers, lean in close, it’s confession time. The Practical Cook adores a banana split. In her misspent youth, she would devour an entire one by herself. After all, it’s practically a fruit salad with the bananas, walnuts, and cherries. Well, perhaps that is a touch hyperbolic. Fast forward a few years, and an entire banana split would spell sugar crash, complete with headache.

Trader Joe's Low-Fat Chocolate Yogurt Topped with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

Trader Joe's Low-Fat Chocolate Yogurt Topped with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

Enter Chocolate Yogurt. Yes, it’s a bit of a sugar bomb compared to unflavored plain yogurt, which you can certainly chocolate up yourself (and I sometimes do, a topic for another day), but it’s portion controlled and convenient at 3 pm, when all good people crave chocolate. (Okay, fine, I crave chocolate then, who’s with me??)

One dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe's.

One dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe's.

For the purposes of this test, I ate Trader Joe’s Low-Fat Chocolate Yogurt, as The Practical Cook does not believe in fat-free yogurt, in two ways. First, with a few walnut pieces and half of a banana, sliced, second with a single, finely chopped dark chocolate peanut butter cup, also courtesy of Trader Joe’s (note to self, stop shopping there when hungry, it’s like a freaking chocolate emporium).

I really enjoyed the balance of sweet and crunchy in the first combination. With little imagination, I was back at Topsail Island or perhaps the Mayberry Ice Cream Shop. Bliss. I might even add a maraschino cherry next time. The second version was more reminiscent of a Blizzard than a sundae, and is dessert-worthy. Simple, easy, and portable.

What are your thoughts on Chocolate Yogurt? Comment below, or confess your snack secrets. I won’t tell.

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