Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie with Hazelnut Crust
- 2 cups hazelnuts
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp stevia
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk 2%
- pinch salt
- 1 Tbsp stevia or sweetener of choice
- 10 oz chocolate dark
- 2 cups Greek yogurt plain, made with whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a food processor, add hazelnuts and pulse until hazelnuts are broken up into little pieces, almost like coarse sand.
- Add salt, stevia, butter, and egg and pulse until the mixture comes together. Press down into pie plate and bake for 15 minutes until pie crust is golden.
- Meanwhile, heat milk, salt, and Stevia over medium-low heat, until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add dark chocolate, and mix well until all the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool slightly.
- Place Greek yogurt in a bowl. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla and mix well until combined. Pour into pie crust and allow to chill overnight. Top with sugar-free whipped topping and enjoy.
Look at this beautiful Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie dessert recipe. Who doesn’t love a chocolate pie for the holidays? Or… just another weekday? And the best part of this dessert is that we crafted it to be low sugar and high protein, with 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. How did we manage that? Welcome to the mystical, magical world of cooking with Greek yogurt!
How is Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie healthier than regular pie? Greek yogurt is different from regular yogurt because it is strained more extensively to create a thicker, creamer consistency with a higher concentration of protein and lower sugar. Taking into consideration the sugar content is so essential for conditions such as diabetes, kidney failure, neurological diseases, weight loss, and overall health. So, when we make a dessert like this one we make it our priority to select high protein, low sugar Greek yogurt which don’t take away from the flavor of the desserts.
Why Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium which helps to build and maintain bone strength in order to prevent conditions like osteoporosis that can have life long complications. It’s also one of the best sources of probiotics, or good bacteria, which balance out bad bacteria to treat gastrointestinal disorders. Probiotics have been shown prevent diarrhea, constipation, help with IBS, and IBD. Probiotics also promote heart health, boost the immune system, and reduce severity of allergies. Mental disorders have also shown improvements in health through the gut-brain relationship, where the gut sends signals to the brain in order to communicate.
We love to use Greek yogurt in baking, as it provides extra protein in your bagels, muffins, waffles, and pizza dough. You can also use Greek yogurt as a swap for mayo in salad dressings, for sour cream, soup bases which call for heavy cream, in tacos, or dips. The best part is while Greek yogurt provides a great source of calcium and probiotics for your kiddos, if you forget to tell them, they most likely won’t even notice!
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Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.