Cocoa Banana Yogurt with Coconut

Cocoa Banana Yogurt with Coconut

Rich, creamy and chocolatey, this Cocoa Banana Yogurt is delicious for breakfast or dessert! Sweetened with honey and banana, this bowl of creamy yogurt has no processed sugars.

Cocoa Banana Yogurt with Coconut

My husband and I have been working really really hard to reduce our sugar intake. Let's not go crazy here, that doesn't mean I'm cutting out ALL sugar. I still need cookies and chocolate every so often.

But, we're trying to cut sugar where sugar can be cut. For us, that means yogurt with less sugar or jazzing up our own bowls of plain yogurt with things like honey, homemade granola, natural peanut butter and fruit. 

It has also meant drinking plain, no sugar added soy milk with our coffee.

I don't recommend it.

But, that one simple change is saving us at least 20-25 grams of sugar a day (5-6 teaspoons of sugar). Add that up for the week, the month, THE YEAR...

Guys, that's a lot of sugar. 

Actually, it's approximately 1,820-2,184 teaspoons of sugar.

Yes, I KNOW. That was my feeling too. So, I decided I had to choose- sweetened milk or cookies and ice cream. The winner was obvious.

But, let's not dwell on that. It's too sad. After all, we all know too much of a good thing is never a good thing. So, my solution has been to come up with snacks or treats that still taste sugar packed, but really aren't (at least, not as much).

This cocoa banana yogurt was a pleasant surprise. I will add, however, that the banana adds a lot of natural sweetness and should not be skipped. If you don't have bananas, try a different fruit like strawberries or frozen berries. I added the peanut butter because chocolate + peanut butter + banana are a match made in heaven, but it's totally up to you. Any other nut or seed butter would also taste great!

Cocoa Banana Yogurt with Coconut

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
Cocoa powder, to taste
Honey or maple syrup, to taste
1 banana, sliced
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Cocoa nibs
Shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the yogurt with the cocoa powder and honey. Start with 1-2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of honey. Combine and taste, adding additional cocoa powder for a more chocolaty taste and more honey to sweeten it up.

  2. Top with sliced banana, peanut butter, cocoa nibs and shredded coconut.

  3. Other fun toppings include chopped strawberries, nuts and seeds.

Enjoy!

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