Ever see a food hack on Tiktok that you just have to try? I usually don't, either. But then I saw a viral food hack of a peanut butter chocolate yogurt cup concoction and it looked so darn good that I had to try it.
In the diet- and weight loss-obsessed world that is TikTok, this is billed as a high-protein treat that'll satisfy your sweet tooth without the "guilt." I'm not one for feeling ashamed of what I eat, so I made this solely because it looks amazing. Whether you're enticed by anything resembling a peanut butter cup like me or it helps you stick to your macros, you're going to want to make this again and again.
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It's not a complicated recipe by any means, but I did learn a few things while doing it. Here's what I did:
- Microwave a spoonful of peanut butter and stir it into a cup of vanilla Siggi's yogurt.
- Melt a little bit of dark chocolate in the microwave (I just chopped a bit of a dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe's). Pour it over the yogurt and swirl or spread it into an even layer.
- Sprinkle some roughly chopped peanuts and a little sea salt on top.
- Stick in the freezer for 10 minutes, then go to town on that thing!
That little bit of freezer time is key, because it sets the chocolate layer up for what is the best part of this whole thing: Smashing it into pieces with your spoon, just like breaking the shell of a crème brûlée. You'll get that same visceral pleasure you get breaking through the top caramel shell into a creamy, decadent custard underneath. This one's just way cheaper and easier, and you don't have to go to a French restaurant for it.
With the crunch from the peanuts, the extra richness from the peanut butter, and the hint of salt, there's a lot going on in one little cup of yogurt. I'd make this as a simple dessert or just as a work-from-home lunch — it does have all that protein, after all.
Don't be afraid to experiment with yogurt flavors, either. A strawberry cup caught my eye, and it turned out that my peanut butter and jelly-like creation was even better than the one made with vanilla yogurt. The fruit's tartness really helped cut through the richness, and the peanut butter popped more than in the vanilla. I highly recommend trying it with your favorite berry yogurt. Or coffee yogurt ... or coconut yogurt, with almonds on top. You get the idea.
When you try this for yourself (I know you will), here are a few tips.
- Resist the urge to put too much chocolate on top. I know it's delicious! But if it's too thick, you won't be able to crack through it easily.
- Make a few of these at a time. They're pretty easy, but with all the melting, it makes too many dishes. It's just as easy to make four of these assembly-line-style as it is one. Just keep them in the fridge until you want to eat them. As long as the layer of chocolate goes to the edge of the cup, they won't dry out.
- Don't skimp on the salt — unless you're using salted peanuts.
- You could turn these into a fancy make-ahead dessert (or brunch treat) for guests by making them in glass cups, like the ones you get Costco desserts in. Just buy a large container of yogurt and make them in the individual cups. It'll be a hit, I promise.
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