Do you crave frozen treats but want something other than ice-cream?
As the weather gets warmer, I can’t help but start craving my favorite frozen treats. I’ve learned, that not every frozen treat must be ice-cream. These frozen fruit bites that have become a family favorite in my household.
They are a creamy, decadent mixture of cream cheese and yogurt, layered on a vanilla wafer cookie and topped with sweet pieces of fruit. Delish!
It’s like a bite sized cheesecake –but a lot easier to make. It calls for Neufchatel cream cheese –commonly sold as “light” cream cheese.
I vividly remember that the first time I made these fruit bites, a couple of years ago, it was the first time I had ever made a recipe that called for Neufchatel cream cheese. Because I had never heard of it before, I did some research on the difference between it and regular cream cheese. My findings were interesting.
I found that Neufchatel actually originated in France and is one of the oldest cheeses. It is made with cow’s milk, and if left to ripen, it will develop a soft, bloomy rind. In an attempt to replicate Neufchatel, an American came up with his own version, which ended up resembling cream cheese more so than Neufchatel.
The French version uses only milk, while the American version uses milk and cream. Side by side, the two taste very similar. The main difference is their fat content. Neufchatel is lower in fat than regular cream cheese. Just a little food history for you. I think it is fun to learn about the origins of the food we eat and see how it has changed over time.
The frozen fruit bites are already pretty low carbohydrate, but I also wanted to share a similar recipe with you that is virtually carbohydrate free, that I will often make my son, who is a type-1 diabetic. We call them frozen cloud bites.
Both options are a breeze to assemble and they taste great!
Frozen Cloud Bites & Fruit Bites
**we know Truvia or Splenda are not “real” food options but this recipe is designed for Diabetics to come out with zero carbohydrates. Any other time, we do not recommend such an artificial products. If you do not have diabetes, you can use regular sugar.
- Yield: Makes 24 clouds.
- Cuisine: Treats
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2-3/4 cup granular Truvia or Splenda*
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, or other flavoring
Frozen Fruit Bites
- 12 vanilla wafer cookies
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Sliced kiwi, strawberries, or whole blueberries
- Beat all ingredients together, with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Drop by bite-size spoonfuls onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.
- Store in the freezer and eat frozen.
Frozen Fruit Bites
- Place liners in a mini-cupcake pan.
- Place a vanilla wafer cookie, flat side up, in the bottom of each well.
- In medium-sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice, and honey until smooth.
- Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon on top of each wafer cookie.
- Top the mixture with pieces of sliced fruit.
- Cover the mini-cupcake pan with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer until the fruit bites are firm (about 1 to 1 ½ hours).
- Remove the tray from the freezer for 15 to 25 minutes before serving.
Carbohydrate Breakdown for Fruit Bites:
1 frozen fruit bite= 5 carbohydrates
Carbohydrate Breakdown for Clouds:
1 “cloud”= 0 carbohydrates