Friday, February 08, 2013

Recipe for Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave and Shaved Dark Chocolate

Greek Yogurt with Agave Nectar
Greek Yogurt with Hazelnut Agave Nectar and Shaved Dark Chocolate is a very diet-friendly dessert idea that any chocolate lover would enjoy!

(For Friday Favorites I spotlight recipes from the past that you might have missed, and for anyone who might be planning a diet-friendly Valentine's Day Dinner, this Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave Nectar and Shaved Dark Chocolate that I first made in 2009 would be perfect.  Best of all, it couldn't be easier.)

Valentine's Day is coming up, and no doubt some of you are planning a romantic dinner and maybe looking for low-glycemic dessert ideas. I recently posted Flourless and (almost) Sugar Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate, and they'd be great for a casual Valentine's day treat. But if you'd like a more sophisticated dessert option, I highly recommend this combination of Greek Yogurt, Hazelnut Agave Nectar, and shaved dark chocolate. I tested this the last two nights (in the name of blog research) and all I can say is wow!

Not only does it taste amazing, this dessert is so simple to make you hardly need a recipe. Finding the ingredients may actually be the hardest part. I'm partial to Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt, but if you can't find it, here is how to make your own Greek-style yogurt. I used my new favorite Hazelnut Agave Nectar, but regular amber agave would also be good. For the dark chocolate, look for the one with low sugar. I found Endangered Species All Natural Extreme Dark Chocolate at Whole Foods with only 5 grams of sugar. Even if the dark chocolate you use has more sugar, it only takes the tiniest amount of shaved chocolate to make this, so enjoy!


Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave and Shaved Dark Chocolate
(Makes 2 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients:
10 oz. plain Greek yogurt, lowfat or fat free (I use Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt, which is fat free but tastes amazing)
2 T Hazelnut Flavored Agave Nectar (or use regular amber agave)
4 tsp. shaved dark chocolate (look for dark chocolate with the lowest amount of sugar you can find)

Instructions:
Use a cheese grater or microplane grater to shave 4 tsp. dark chocolate into a small bowl. (I actually liked the result using the large side of a regular cheese grater best.) Divide Greek yogurt into two bowls. Drizzle 1 T Hazelnut Flavored Agave Nectar over each bowl of yogurt. Sprinkle 2 tsp. shaved dark chocolate over the top and serve.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This recipe would phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet if made with low fat or fat free Greek yogurt and dark chocolate that's low in sugar.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Desserts with Greek Yogurt and/or Agave Nectar:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Greek Yogurt with Agave Nectar and Pecans from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Peach with Eucalyptus Honey Yogurt and Roasted Almonds from What's For Lunch Honey
Greek Yogurt Parfait from Two Fat Als
Chai Spiced Yogurt from 80 Breakfasts
Grilled Peaches with Balsamic and Granola from The Perfect Pantry
Mango Yogurt Ice with Agave Nectar from Cooking from A to Z
Raw Milk Ice Cream with Agave Nectar from Local Forage
(I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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40 comments:

  1. Hazelnut Flavored Agave Nectar . . . really that sounds interesting. Greek Yogurt is great with just about anything. And chocolate, that should just about put it over the top.

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  2. Tanna, it definitely did it for me (two nights in a row, he he he. Must do that blog research!)

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  3. Hmm, Greek yogurt with chocolate? What a combination, I have to try that now!!

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  4. I am looking forward to trying out the hazelnut agave - also wondering what the process is like for creating the infusion? It's easy to grasp olive oil, but the agave is a bit sticky and a lot thicker - you've totally got me thinking!!

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  5. Kalyn, these look soooooo good! :) I love healthy recipes that still feel like an indulgence. Thank you so much for all your fabulous recipes and ideas

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  6. What an incredible dessert! I love hazelnut everything!!

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  7. I bookmarked this from title alone!!

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  8. Oooooh.. that's a keeper. You've inspired me to search it out in my town & I'm off to the store. Thanks!

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  9. That looks good! I enjoy serving greek yogurt with honey and walnuts.

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  10. I've just discovered this blog, and wanted to give a double thumbs up! As a recent returnee to the South Beach way of eating (and one who gets bored very easily with the same old, same old), I'm finding this to be an excellent resource for mixing things up on the menu. Thanks!

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  11. Love it!!! I have greek yogurt a couple times of day everyday!!

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  12. I saw a recipe elsewhere on this site for making your own yogurt. If you want to try it yourself, it's ridiculously easy. You get rich tasting yogurt with none of those peculiar ingredients you find in some brands and it costs a fraction of what you'll pay at the grocery store. Four cups milk, one-half cup dried milk and a six ounce carton of good quality yogurt for a starter makes five cups.

    The recipe on this site called for using your oven. I splurged ($20 with a coupon) on a Salton Yogurt Maker. I get everything assembled after breakfast, plug her in and like magic ten hours later there's yogurt waiting to be popped into the fridge to cool.

    In my research I found two kinds of yogurt makers: those that have individual serving containers and those that have one multi-cup container. If there's one thing I don't need it's more pesky bits of plastic getting lost in the cupboards but you might find that kind suits you better if you have small yogurt-eaters around the house.

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  13. Glad people are liking this.

    Anonymous, if you want to duplicate this recipe with homemade yogurt, you'd still need to go through the step of straining the yogurt to remove the liquid, which is the instructions that are at the link I shared. Regular homemade yogurt is not going to be the same as Greek yogurt unless you strain it.

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  14. Awesome dessert!! This looks so simple and yummy. Why wait for Valentine's Day to enjoy it??? :)

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  15. Hi Kalyn,

    I love Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave and Shaved Dark Chocolate...yummy! The recipe is great. And i like the fact that when i'm having a hard time finding some ingredients you've got an alternative way on how to make it on my own. Thanks Kalyn.

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  16. Hazelnut Agave Nectar sounds delicious! I'll have to look for that.

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  17. I definitely haven't been waiting for Valentine's Day myself; had some of this again for the third time.

    Llyn, I do try to be aware of the fact that not everyone will have special ingredients, thanks for noticing!

    Shari, love the hazelnut agave!

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  18. Kalyn, this dessert looks so appetizing. It caught my eye on Photograzing and I had to drop by and see what you were up to. It sounds delicious and perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  19. Yogurt is so rife in the Greek cuisine - used for desserts, condiment, marinade, snack or breakfast! I should try this agave...why not reduce sugar, right?

    Thank you for the link to the homemade yogurt recipe. It's courtesy of my mom and it's a good one.

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  20. I absolutely love Fage...this sounds amazing- thanks Kalyn!

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  21. Kalyn,

    Before this past summer I had never tried Greek yogurt. I was in Greece for a couple of weeks and fell in love with the yogurt and had it with honey almost every morning at breakfast.

    When I returned home, I was on a mission to find Greek yogurts. My local grocery store stocks several brands but I am partial to the Fage brand even though it is a little more expensive. Every time I eat it I have memories of my trip to Greece. Now I can't wait to try your recipe.

    Debbie

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  22. Debbie, would you believe I went to Greece and never had Greek yogurt even once. That was 10 years ago, and now I'm dying to go back so I can have it there. I agree, the Fage brand is the best I've had.

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  23. I was wondering if you had fage fat free yogurt with cinnamon and pecans and splenda .... does it classify as phase 1? I really need to know because this is finally a dessert i LOVE and found I can PERHAPS have it on phase one =)

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  24. The latest South Beach Diet book lists Nonfat Greek Yogurt for phase one, so that sounds like it would be okay to me.

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  25. Hey Kayln,

    This dessert looks amazing. I've been to Greece, yet never tried their dessert. I'll have to make it soon. Thanks!

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  26. Hi Kalyn,

    There's new research on agave that is not good news for dieters, or health-wise. You might want to search it out on www.mercola.com. Dr. Mercola is an M.D. who is a strong proponent of low-glycemic weight loss. He also posts news about "natural" or "health" foods that don't make it to the mainstream.

    Thought you would want to know.

    Your avid fan,

    Donna Callahan

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  27. One of my VERY favorite desserts is Fage non-fat plain yogurt with almond extract, stevia natural no-calorie sweetener, with coarsely chopped almonds. Adding grated dark chocolate to make a mini-almond joy experience would be amazing! Thanks for the idea!

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  28. Hi Donna,
    I'm aware of the writing by Dr. Mercola about agave nectar, but I don't believe all brands of agave nectar are unsafe. Obviously I wouldn't use it if I didn't think it was safe, but in the low amounts I consume I'm not concerned about the brand I use. You may want to read Is Agave Nectar Safe and Agave Myth Buster for more information.

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  29. Thanks for your reply, Kalyn. I am always interested in knowing truth, and having a fuller understanding about new information. I am reading the links you posted. Appreciate it!

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  30. Donna, you're welcome. I do think there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, and I always try to read all sides of an issue before I decide.

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  31. Kalyn, this looks and sounds delicious! Great combination of flavors. I have a hard time getting my husband to eat yogurt and this may just do the trick! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. This looks delicious. Similar to Chobani's new espresso-chocolate bite yogurt (except for the sweetener). I would definitely add a little espresso to this, as coffee and chocolate are a dream combination for me.

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  33. okay, the fact that I've never tried hazelnut agave is startling!! I adore hazelnut anything but have yet to try that! Thanks for the tip and great recipe idea!

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  34. Becky I don't know how hard it is to find, but it's delicious!

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  35. Proof that a great dessert need not be complicated, fattening, or baked! I love this idea.

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  36. Lydia, for something that's so simple, it's really so good!

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  37. Looks very much delicious and must be very tasty to eat.You can also replace Greek yogurt with normal yogurt.

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  38. Personally I would not use regular yogurt in this.

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  39. Well, now I will be on a serious mission to get hazelnut agave nectar. I love hazelnuts and this dessert has everything going for it!

    Valentine's is over, but life goes on! ;-)

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