Trader Joe’s is a place that always has a surprise hidden somewhere in the store, but a healthy dessert?. From my house I can walk there, so I probably know a little too much about the store. The funny thing is, some of my neighbors know more. So when I am talking about hidden surprises I am not talking about Larry the Lobster that kids get to go find which oddly I have never seen. Rather I am taking about the treats that change on a regular basis. People who hang out in my neighborhood are probably expecting me to talk about some great wine find, but that isn’t the case.
I have to back up a bit and give you some background first. If you follow my blog, you know that some time ago while trying to lose weight, I found that my skin looked much better when I gave up carbs. As I hit my weight goals, I started adding carbs back slowly and my skin broke out again. It turns out I had a minor reaction to gluten. I stopped eating gluten and my skin stayed clear. I am eating carbs again, just not gluten.
My little “desert” started with Trader Joes Gluten Free Ginger Snaps. By themselves they are pretty good. I like them a little better than the triple ginger snaps which where my previous favorite. The problem is being a pilot, the gluten free ginger snaps were good, but I knew there was something better. The next obvious step was adding ice cream, but instead for some reason, I added the dark chocolate. One square of the 72% dark chocolate between two ginger snaps turned out to be pretty good. Like an unmelted smore without the marshmallow.
Of course that wasn’t enough. The next step was the Trader Joes 0% fat Greek Frozen Yogurt. Then I added the Trader Joes Chocolate desert made with Coconut milk.
Finally I put it all together, and came up with this dessert. It takes a little shopping to get all of this, but it is well worth the effort. I recommend using a small bowl to keep from making a super-sized healthy dessert that isn’t so healthy. I use very small dessert bowls to make this.
Ingredients needed (All Trader Joe’s branded items)
Roasted Coconut Chips (found with the nuts and trail mix at most locations)
Gluten Free Ginger Snaps
0% Greek yogurt
Chocolate Dessert made with Coconut milk (The strawberry is good too)
72% dark chocolate bar
Real Maple Syrup.
Grab a small bowl, a spoon and get ready to enjoy.
Cover the bottom of the bowl with a thin layer of the Roasted Coconut Chips. Break apart to gluten free ginger snaps (the triple ginger cookies will work good too) into little pieces. Next add intertwining layers of the Vanilla Yogurt and the Chocolate Coconut Milk Dessert. Using a spoon to make flat layers works better than using a scoop.
Break one square of the 72% chocolate bar into very small pieces and sprinkle across the top. Cut one or two pieces of dried pineapple into small pieces and sprinkle on top as well. Finally drizzle a light string of Maple Syrup to finish it off.
Let me know what you think.