In this healthy mocha chocolate ice cream pie recipe, crumbled chocolate cookies make an easy and tasty crust for the chocolate-coffee filling made with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt topped with chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
2 cups coarsely crumbled chocolate snap cookies (see Tip)
3 tablespoons canola oil
¾ cup heavy cream
⅓ cup sugar
1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffee powder
¼ cup chocolate-covered espresso beans, chopped
To prepare the crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
Process cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Add oil and process until well combined. Using your fingertips or the back of a spoon, press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until just set, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To make the filling: Whip cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until starting to thicken. Add sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in yogurt.
Combine water, cocoa powder and espresso (or coffee) powder in a small bowl; stir until the powders are dissolved. Gently fold the cocoa-espresso mixture into the yogurt-cream mixture.
Spread the flavored yogurt-cream mixture into the cooled crust. Top with chocolate-covered espresso beans. Freeze until very firm, at least 5 hours. To serve, let the pie stand at room temperature until softened slightly, about 15 minutes, before slicing.
Make Ahead Tip: Once frozen, wrap airtight and freeze for up to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving.
Equipment: 9-inch pie pan (not deep dish)
For a healthier cookie crust, choose cookie brands without any partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats). We like Mi-Del ginger and chocolate snaps. Look for them in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets and at natural-foods stores.
Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.
289 calories;18 g fat(6 g sat); 1 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 20 g sugars; 18 g added sugars; 331 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 68 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 125 mg sodium; 78 mg potassium