The Athletes Table: Whipped Greek Yogurt with Stone Fruit
Ed. Note—Move out of the way chocolate milk, you're nothing but a sad melted milkshake. Make room for a REAL post workout dessert. Chef Aaron Vinten of The Athletes Table presents to you this Whipped Greek Yogurt with Stone Fruit bonanza. Grab it the next time your sweet tooth calls out to you, and know that you're satisfying your cravings in a positive way, with protein, calcium, probiotics, and real fruit.
Chocolate milk is pretty much dessert, right? It's sweet, chocolatey, and often heralded by many athletes as the “perfect” post recovery drink. Now “perfect” is a subjective term, but chocolate milk does contain what sports nutritionists and scientists tell us is the perfect 4:1 ratio of proteins and carbs required to optimize post workout recovery for endurance athletes. Simple, effective and all you have to do is just pour, stir, drink, recover, and nap. You should head over to builtwthchocolatemilk.com for more info as it relates to athletes and chocolate milk.
Chocolate milk is great recovery tool to have in your arsenal, but that's not why I'm here. I'm thinking about a legitimate post workout dessert? One that you can sink your teeth into and eat. One that's full of proteins, carbs, fiber, vitamins and minerals from real whole foods. Oh, I dunno…maybe something just like this recipe for Whipped Greek Yogurt with Grilled Stone Fruit! It’s loaded with creamy proteins from Fage 5% greek yogurt to rebuild sore and aching muscles and a good dose of carbs from fruit and honey to reload those glycogen stores. We even topped it off with some roasted pistachios and dark chocolate and hid a graham cracker underneath it all. You're welcome. Now let’s get COOKING! You're gonna love it.
STEP 1: PRINT THE RECIPE
Head to The Athletes Table to print this EASY recipe card and follow along with all the pictures!
STEP 2: GATHER THE INGREDIENTS
Gather all your ingredients and tools in front of you. In addition to the ingredients listed above in the recipe card, you should also grab a sharp knife, cutting board, two mixing bowls, a large whisk, and a hand or stand mixer. Also, be sure to pre-heat your grill on HIGH for 15 minutes prior to grilling the fruit.
It is important to choose fruit that is actually ripe. Purchase it well ahead of time and allow the stone fruit to ripen on your countertop if needed. Many times fruit purchased from a regular chain grocery store is picked prematurely so that they don't spoil and bruise during the picking and shipping process. Of course, you can alway purchase fresh and ripe fruit at your local farmers market. For the yogurt, we selected a high fat content 5% Fage Greek yogurt mainly for its flavor. It is a dessert right?!?!
STEP 3: CHOP THE TOPPINGS
With all of our ingredients out and ready to go, start to break down the pistachios and dark chocolate first. Let's get those out of the way. We picked up some roasted & salted Wonderful Pistachios. They are so delicious and a great contrast to the HU Dark Chocolate. Chop the pistachios into very small pieces with a knife, and then use a Swiss peeler to create chocolate shavings from the chocolate. Set aside.
Did you preheat the grill yet? If not, turn the baby up to HIGH and let it preheat for 10-15 minutes so that its super hot. What is a stone fruit you ask? A stone fruit is any fruit with a “stone,” or pit, at its center. Common examples of stone fruits are peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines and plums. They pretty much make up my favorite fruits.
Prepare the stone fruit by slicing the fruit into either four or eight sections for grilling. Smaller fruits like plums you might slice into quarters and larger peaches into eighths. If you want to include some cherries, just slice those half. The idea is to keep the fruit large enough to avoid falling through the grill grates, while exposing as much surface area to the heat as possible. You can slice the fruit into small bite size pieces after grilling if desired. Season with a pinch of salt and honey and toss to coat evenly.
STEP 4: GET GRILLING
With the grill preheated, place the fruit directly on the grill for one to two minutes per side. You aren’t really looking to “cook” the fruit, but to slightly soften and char it a bit. It's a great addition of flavor that you can’t achieve any other way. Remove the fruit from the grill when done cooking and place into the refrigerator to cool off.
If your local farmers market or grocery store is no longer carrying stone fruits you can substitute grilled apples, pears, figs, and dash of pumpkin pie spice!
STEP 5: GET WHIPPED
While the fruit is cooling, prepare the whipped greek yogurt. Add one cup of heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl. You can use a bowl and whisk, electric hand mixer or KitchenAid style stand mixer. Whichever you prefer or is easier for you.
Mix on medium high until the the cream starts to take on the traditional whipped cream look. Add in the honey, vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Mix to incorporate. Next, add in the greek yogurt one large spoonful at a time. Mix and repeat until the the yogurt is gone.
STEP 6: BUILD YOUR BOWL
To build your dessert, bring all your prepared ingredients in front of you.
On the bottom of the bowl, place a piece of graham cracker as a base. this will give you a bit of crunch as your eat the dessert. Next, place two to three large spoonfuls of whipped greek yogurt on the cracker to cover it up. Next, place three to four pieces of grilled fruit on top and finish with some chopped pistachios, shaved chocolate, a drizzle of honey, and a bit of fresh mint.
STEP 7: EAT!
Yup, it’s true. It’s official. The post workout dessert has arrived and it’s gonna knock your socks off. This recipe for Whipped Greek Yogurt with Grilled Stone Fruit is full of rich creamy proteins from Fage 5% Greek yogurt, carbs from fresh stone fruits and wildflower honey. Finally, the dessert is topped off with a bit of crushed pistachio and shaved dark chocolate to light up your taste buds. It's everything you'll need to recover post workout and it will also put a big delicious smile on your face!