Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Two-Ingredient Sugar-Free Raspberry Yogurt Pie Recipe for a Phase One Dessert

This Ridiculously Easy Yogurt Pie is a Phase One Dessert.

If you're someone who's busy these days baking holiday treats or making candy let me say right up front that this Sugar-Free Raspberry Yogurt Pie is probably not going to excite you.  This recipe is for those people who write to me begging for a Phase One Dessert option, or anyone who needs to severely limit their intake of sugar at this time of year.  The recipe was sent to me by a reader named Kate, who shared it on Facebook.  Kate used lemon sugar-free jello, which sounded great but I never did find it in any of the stores by me.  Instead I used raspberry flavor, which I thought made it look slightly Christmassy, if you use your imagination.  I thought the yogurt pie was pretty good, but I liked it best layered into a parfait with whipped topping (which admittedly probably makes it less Phase One Friendly.) 

And if anyone is keeping track of such things, this is only the third Phase One Dessert I've found that I thought was good enough to post on the blog.  The other two are Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookies (from The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook) and Jelled Ricotta Pudding, which is similar to this pie.  And if there's anyone out there who is brave enough to attempt Phase One during December, I hope one of these desserts can help you get through it!

You need a large package of sugar-free jello and a 32 oz. package of plain non-fat yogurt to make this.  I used my favorite Greek yogurt, but Kate didn't specify Greek yogurt so I'm guessing regular non-fat plain yogurt will work just fine.

Mixing the jello powder with the plain yogurt is the hardest part of the recipe!  (I'm using a huge 8 cup measuring cup here.)

Microwave the jello-yogurt mixture on high for 1 1/2 minutes, then give it a good stir and microwave for another 1 minute.

Pour the heated yogurt mixture into a glass pie plate that you've sprayed with nonstick spray and put it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until firmly set.

After 3 hours, take the pie out, cut into slices, and serve (with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping if you'd like.)

And as I said, layered into a glass with whipped topping to make a parfait was my favorite way to eat this.  (The South Beach Diet Supercharged lists "whipped topping, light or fat free as being limited to 2 tablespoons for Phase One, so if you are eating this for Phase One, I'd stick with the pie.)


Two-Ingredient Sugar-Free Raspberry Yogurt Pie
(Makes 1 crustless pie, about 8 servings; recipe from a reader named Kate.)

Ingredients:
32 oz. plain non-fat yogurt (I used nonfat Fage Total Greek Yogurt)
1 pkg. (8 serving size) or 2 pkg. (4 serving size) sugar-free  raspberry Jello
(or use any flavor you like)

Instructions:
In a large microwave-proof bowl, mix together the yogurt and sugar-free jello powder until it's all combined.  Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir several times, then microwave 1 minute more.  Pour the heated yogurt mixture into a 9 inch glass or ceramic pie plate that's been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Refrigerate three hours or until set, then cut and serve, with a dollop of Sugar-Free Non-Fat Whipped topping if desired.

This will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.


South Beach Suggestions: 
Using sugar-free jello and fat-free Greek yogurt would make this pie acceptable for all phases of the South Beach Diet, which allows up to 2 cups of nonfat Greek yogurt per day.  (The South Beach Diet Supercharged lists "whipped topping, light or fat free" as being limited to 2 tablespoons per day for Phase One, so if you are eating this for Phase One, use portion control on the whipped topping.)

More Ideas with Jello or Jello Pudding:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Double Berry Jello Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Jelled Ricotta Pudding from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pudding from Rookie Cookery
Green Jello Salad from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Glitter Gelatin Torte from TriniGourmet
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)
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53 comments:

  1. Yum, I cant wait to try this! I love easy deserts thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  2. I happen to be a huge fan of sugar-free raspberry jell-o, so this looks like a winner to me. And the color? Glorious!

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  3. Well this looks delicious! My husband is diabetic and I think he'd love this.

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  4. My handicapped daughter is coming for Christmas. She is also diabetic. She will think this is pretty indeed. I think I will make a small one with 1/2 the recipe. Does it hold for a day or two leftover in the fridge do you think?

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  5. It's so pink, I might use it for my daughter's birthday party.

    This would also look cute at a baby shower!

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  6. Yes, this will keep in the fridge (I said that in the recipe.) Hope everyone enjoys it for a guilt-free treat!

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  7. I am not going to publish comments critical of the artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free Jello. Obviously, if you're concerned about such products don't use them. However, I feel everyone has the right to make their own decisions about what they eat.

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  8. This looks delicious and I really love that there's only two ingredients! Great use for Greek yogurt!

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  9. I love it! I'm making this tonight. Thank you!:-)

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  10. looks great, can you tell me if the Jello package is (2) of the 8-1/2 cup serving Net wt. 0.60 0z or just one?

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  11. Desiree, it says in the recipe: "1 pkg. (8 serving size) or 2 pkg. (4 serving size)." Some stores only have certain flavors in the small size, but two small ones = 1 big one; either will work.

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  12. It's hard to find almost anything "desserty" for phase l so I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate you sharing Kate's recipe! I love the ricotta desserts, and the bonus is so does my hubby. Happy holidays Kalyn.

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  13. Hi Kalyn, just wanted to let you know I tried the recipe and its delicious! I did change it up a little though, and used about a cup of skim ricotta and then three cups of low-fat yogurt to give it a slightly thicker consistency. I also decided to give it a crust, and I made a low-carb almond one which was recommended for things like cheesecakes and the like. All in all very yummy! ^_^

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  14. Spencer I think your version sounds great.

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  15. I love the colour. This may be suitable for my diabetic son. I don't have a microwave though so need to come up with a stove top version.

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  16. Barbara I think you could heat over very very low heat for a few minutes.

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  17. This dessert was excellent. If only Jello had a Key Lime flavor......

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  18. i'm making this for our xmas dessert and i did a small batch to taste first and OMG! love love love it!! also to make it more christmassy i added some extra food colouring to make it more red and some green colour to the whipped topping :)

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  19. I did try it with the lime jello but I preferred the raspberry. Still hoping to find lemon though!

    Love the idea of making it red and green!

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  20. I made this today for my re-phase one week and i used 1 pack raspberry and 1 pack lemon and made raspberry lemonade!! it is great!

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  21. Meagan, that does sound good!

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  22. I'm loving that everyone is liking this recepie!!! My husband and I swear it is what helps gets us through the first week! We feel like we are cheating! Was just going to make one right now, as we always "regroup" in January and I'm totally trying Meagan's idea with the raspberry lemonade! Yum!!! ~Kate~

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  23. This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I have a question....does it have the "tang" of yogurt to it? I'm wondering how "yogurty" it tastes!?? Thanks in advance for any comments!

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  24. I didn't think it tasted that yogurty (but I do like yogurt.)

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  25. I would love to post pictures of the delicious recipes that I've tried on my website (of course linking back to you). I just started SBD and lost 3.5 pounds my first week :) I'm so glad I discovered your website early on my journey with SBD. I tried the Balsamic Onion & Pot Roast and the Yogurt Pie -- both a great hit! Thanks again for everything.

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  26. Mary Crafter, I do allow people to post my photo with a link to the recipe on my site, as long as the recipe itself is not posted with the photo. Glad you are enjoying the recipes.

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  27. Hi Kalyn,
    I love your blog - you are totally getting me through the diet! I wanted to know if the yogurt can be heated in the oven instead of the microwave - I dont have a microwave. Thanks so much!

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    1. Shira, I don't really know. I suspect it might melt when it's heated that way, but let us know if you try it.

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  28. mmm just found this recipe on pinterest - looks delish and easy!

    i was wondering - have you ever tried it with jello instant pudding mix? (as opposed to fruity gelatin mix) i don't know if it would work to make a sort of cheesecake like dessert?

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  29. This was great. I made half the recipe using 3 6-oz containers of yogurt as that is what I had on hand and one box of the 4-serving sugar-free Jello. So quick and easy. We all loved it. Made it as a parfait this time but plan to make a lemon pie next. Thank you! (I pinned it, of course)

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  30. This is my second time doing the south beach diet and this time is a whole lot easier and tastier thanks to you Kalyn. I have told all my friend about your blog!! This looks so good. Just sent my husband to the store to get ingredients. Thank you again so very much, for all the recipes!!!

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  31. Good luck on South Beach, and I'm so glad my blog has been helpful!

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  32. Totally helpful thanks Kalyn!

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  33. I love this recipe, but am one of those people for whom dessert is not dessert unless it is chocolate. I made a version of this that treats it like a ricotta creme, but is essentially the same as this fabulous (and fat free) dessert. I keep the 32 oz greek yogurt and treat it just the same as the recipe, but instead of the fruity jello box, I use two packages knox unflavored gelatin, two tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and about 12 splenda packets. It is like a chocolate mouse pie! I sometimes put in instant coffee, vanilla, mint extract, etc. I've even mixed in peanut butter. Yum. Thanks Kalyn!

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  34. I think I have to try this version with chocolate!

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  35. Has anyone tried this frozen? I like Yoplait Whips frozen (not low-carb of course) so was wondering if it may be similar. I have tried a similar recipe to this before and liked it but may have to try the chocolate version! I recently stumbled upon your site and am excited to try many of your recipes, coming from using many from another low-carb site that was a little more bland.

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  36. Erin I haven't tried it frozen, but I'd be curious to hear how it works. Can't see why it wouldn't be good.

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  37. This recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for submitting it to RecipeLionBlog.com for This Month's Healthy Bite. Check out your post and other Cool Whip Recipes at
    http://blog.recipelion.com/tmhb-cool-whip-recipes/
    Thanks again Kalyn!

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  38. Kalyn this is another phenomenal treat! I dont currently have a microwave so i had to make this via the old fashioned stove. I think that MAY have effected my texture a LITTLE but it was still awesome and i wanted to share with others what i did to it. I know it might sound off at first but i saved my serving of Peanut butter and topped this with it. Think about it its pb and j...and it was outrageous!! xoxox ty again for another treasure :)

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  39. I made this the other night. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I really do look forward to eating it as a "treat". A little whipped cream makes it feel like I'm indulging!

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  40. Hi! Quick question, can you heat this up on stove top instead of a microwave??

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  41. I haven't done it that way, so I'm not sure how it will work. I'd love to hear if you try it.

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  42. I must be in the minority. I made this as stated for my family and mother-in-law tonight. I thought it was sour and had the consistency of a Pink Pearl eraser. Sorry, but I will pass making this again. Years ago, my Mom gave me a similar recipe; the yogurt used matched the flavor of the jello, and it was delicious. Since this was a little more lo cal, I thought I would try this. Ouch.

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  43. Everyone has their own taste, that's for sure. Your mom's recipe sounds interesting.

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  44. I made this with lime jello, a teaspoon of vanilla, and lime zest. A little whipped cream and I satisfied my key lime pie craving! Also, Kalyn, your recipes have really helped me and my wife stick to our SBD goals. Thank you so much!

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  45. Shannon, so glad the recipes have been helpful!

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  46. I bought a 4 1/2 serving box of jello instead of the 8 serving box and this recipe still came out awesome!! So quick and easy to make. This is a real keeper! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Val, fun to hear that. I like the idea of more yogurt and less jello.

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  48. I wish there were other sf jello options. They all have aspartame that I refuse to eat..I wonder if you could make your own with Knox gelatin an flavorings of choice? Has anyone tried that?

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    1. I haven't tried that but I think it might work.

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