Chocolate Plum Frozen Yogurt Float

Enjoy the health benefits of dried plums in this refreshing  frozen yogurt float.

chocolate plum frozen yogurt float

 Disclosure : I received free samples of California Dried Plums mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I have always championed the idea of protecting bone health. It’s one of the reasons why I mix strength training with my running routine and  consume  3 servings of dairy everyday.  Now I have another weapon against bone loss; California dried plums, aka prunes.
Yeah, I know, I was surprised too! But emerging research shows eating 100 grams of dried plums daily for one year (2 servings or about 8-10 prunes)  was associated with an increase in bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal  women, due in part to suppressing the rate of bone turnover. The most recent study found that consuming one serving of dried plums daily (4-5 prunes, the equivalent of 100 calories) may be just as effective in preventing bone loss in older, osteopenic postmenopausal women.
Dried plums are naturally low in fat and sodium and they’re cholesterol free!  It’s easy to take advantage of their health benefits by nibbling on a handful or incorporating them  into  meals or snacks. Here are some ideas to get you started enjoying the benefits of dried plums everyday:

• Use dried plums to add moisture to meat entrees and baked goods and improve the texture and taste of stuffings, sauces and marinades.

• Toss or add chopped dried plums to oatmeal, on top of your favorite salad or Greek yogurt.

• Reduce the butter or oil in baked goods by substituing the same amount of   prune purée. (Remember to also reduce the sugar in the recipe by almost half because prunes are naturally sweet.)

Last week I made Chocolate Tea Bread with Benefits using prune purée instead of butter. The results exceeded my expectations! This week the weather has warmed up, and I was craving something refreshing after the ho-hum task of pruning (no pun intended) back azaleas.  Then this happened…

Chocolate Plum Frozen Yogurt Float
I created a  redux of the good ol’ ice cream soda. Frozen fat free vanilla yogurt replaces ice cream, sparkling water replaces soda and a natural chocolate plum purée replaces chocolate syrup.  Enjoy the  summer chilling out with this refreshing beverage that not only supports bone health, but also provides fluid  to rehydrate; carbohydrates to  replenish glycogen stores and protein to tide you over to the next meal.
No bones about it, dried plums are  the answer to adding flavor and sneaking in more nutrition to meals and snacks.  Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to discover more recipes taking advantage of the versatility of   California dried plums.
 
Chocolate Plum Frozen Yogurt Float (serves 4)

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

    for the *chocolate plum sauce

    • 18 California dried plums
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa

    for the soda

    • 12-16  tablespoons *chocolate plum sauce
    • 8 tablespoons skim milk
    • 12  scoops fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt (about 2 cups)
    • chilled sparkling water
    • 4 Tablespoons whipped cream
    • 4 Tablespoon chopped pistachios

    Instructions

    for the dried plum sauce

    1. Add dried plums and water to a saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes or until dried plums are tender.

    2. Remove dried fruit  (reserving cooking liquid) and add to food processor along with cocoa. Process until smooth adding additional cooking liquid one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved. (I used about 3 tablespoons of reserved cooking liquid).

    for the frozen yogurt float

    1. Place 2 Tablespoons of  chocolate plum puree  in the bottom of each glass.

    2. Pour in 2 tablespoons of  milk and 1/4 cup sparkling water for each serving.

    3. Add 3 scoops of  frozen yogurt to each glass and top with  another 1-2 tablespoons chocolate plum puree.

    4. Fill glasses with sparkling water. Finish with whipped cream and chopped pistachios. Serve immediately.

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