I've decided that no fat Greek yogurt is one of the best inventions ever. You can use it to create the most magnificent treats and not lose anything in the substitution.
This shake, for example, is stupendous. You do not miss the ice cream at all. It is still creamy, rich, and very thick thanks, in part, to the Greek yogurt.
I haven't had a milkshake or a caramel frappe in months and months and months because I am watching what I eat and trying to cut out a lot of the sweets. That being said, I am aware that a little indulgence once in a while is good for the soul.
When you can indulge in something phenomenal that also just happens to be not all that detrimental to your dietary intake then the stars align and all is right in the universe.
This shake, for example, brings harmony and unity.
Don't believe me?
Skinny Caramel Macchiato Shake
1/2 cup no fat Greek yogurt, plain, frozen
1/2 cup cappuccino, frozen
2 packs Sugar Twin Stevia
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 1/2 Tbsp Smuckers Fat Free Caramel Ice Cream Topping (or similar)
1 Tbsp Cool Whip, light
1/2 Tbsp Smuckers Fat Free Caramel Ice Cream Topping (or similar)
Place frozen Greek yogurt, frozen cappuccino, Stevia, milk, and first amount of caramel ice cream topping into a blender (food processor should work in a pinch).
Process until smooth.
Add ice cubes (I used about 2 handfuls of ice) and process until desired thickness is reached.
Pour into large glass and garnish with the Cool Whip and remaining caramel ice cream topping.
The nutritional count for this amazingness - for the shake AND the toppings - (according to Myfitnesspal) is: 286 calories, 52 carbs, 2 fat, and 17 protein.
I know the carbs are still kind of high BUT compared to a "regular" caramel milkshake it is way less. From what I can find online a "regular" caramel milkshake is about 550 or more calories, 72 to 82 carbs, 20 or so fat, and 10 or so protein. (That is an average of several different recipes I found on different sites.)
Oh - by the way - I simply froze a regular cappuccino bought in a coffee shop in ice cube trays to get the "frozen cappuccino" called for in my recipe. I estimated 1/2 cup because I used 4 fairly large ice cubes. You can use more or less as you prefer.
I can't decide if this is my favorite or if our Mounds Cheesecake Milkshake is my favorite.
I guess it depends on my mood. Caramel is this one, chocolate is the other.
I do know that both are incredibly decadent and you would never know they are "skinny".
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