Nutty Pistachio Yogurt Bark
Where my nutty lovers at? This one’s for you! Scooping icecream at Baskin Robbins was my very first job and about half the time I tell people that, they respond with “I love pistachio almond!” or “I love pralines and cream!” or “I love nutty coconut!” I’m with you guys! Nutty ice cream (and coffee by same token) is DA BEST. For the love of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to hype you all up with a green recipe. ‘Should I go the veggie route?’ I thought, ‘maybe a green smoothie?’ Not today, Satan. *I'm kidding, eat your veggies!* It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a healthy treat.... and I’ve had pistachios on the brain for a couple weeks now...
Boom! Pistachio Bark was Born
Looks can be deceiving: this bark is SO easy to make. A sneaky ingredient turns the yogurt it green and adds some extra antioxidants (it’s not spinach, I swear!) It’s matcha!
Matcha is a ground powder made of green tea leaves. Here’s the truth: The matcha powder is mostly for the green hue. At such a small amount, it’s tasteless in the bark and can be omitted if you prefer. But if you want that pastel green color with some antioxidants to boot, matcha is a great way to do it!
Other Health Benefits
Greek yogurt is natural probiotic that also packs 19 grams of protein per 1/2 cup! That’s some good nutrition. When choosing yogurt, I recommend buying plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt and sweetening it yourself with a natural sugar like honey, stevia, fresh fruit, or maple syrup (which was used in this recipe).
Maple syrup is an unrefined, natural sweetener that tastes delicious.
Pistachios are in my top 3 favorite nuts! They contain healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamin B6 and potassium.
Funny story, I used salted pistachios in this recipe because I accidentally scooped up the salted ones instead of unsalted at the grocery store. Best mistake ever! My husband and I chowed down on this bark and agreed “The saltiness makes it better!” Dry or salted, you can’t go wrong.
Nutty Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Bark
Nutty, salty, creamy, this bark's party in your mouth.
- 2 1/2 cups plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
Before you start, make sure your yogurt is cold. I threw my tub in the freezer for 10 minutes to ensure it wouldn’t thin too much while mixing.
- Combine all ingredients except pistachios into a food processor, blender, or a large mixing bowl.
Stir or blend ingredients on the lowest setting until the yogurt turns an even green color. Do not overblend as yogurt will become thin fast.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Optional: lightly spray wax paper with cooking oil to ensure an easy peel after freezing.
- Pour and spread yogurt as evenly as possible into a thin layer (about 1 cm thick). Garnish evenly with shelled pistachios.
Freeze bark for 20-30 minutes until solid. Remove from the freezer and use a knife to slice and break into pieces.
Frozen yogurt bark can be stored in an airtight container the FREEZER for up to a month—it won’t last that long tho.