As the temperature rises, we all scream for ice cream. But some occasions merit a more elegant presentation than bowls of ice cream or sorbet provide.
This recipe offers a refreshing, attractive and low-fat frozen dessert.
The chocolate and coffee flavors in the frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream provide a rich, mellow finish to any summer meal.
Wheat germ used in the crust and as a topping gives the dessert a contrasting texture that complements the creamy whipped topping and frozen layers.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top to finish off this simple, cool treat.
Mocha Frost Dessert
11/4 cups wheat germ, any flavor
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus additional for garnish
1 egg white
2 teaspoons water
1 pint (2 cups) fat-free or low-fat coffee frozen yogurt or ice cream, slightly softened
1 pint (2 cups) fat-free or low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt or ice cream, slightly softened
Fat-free whipped topping (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In small bowl, combine wheat germ, brown sugar and 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Measure out 11/4 cups wheat germ mixture; reserve remaining.
In medium bowl, beat together egg white and water with fork until frothy. Stir in 11/4 cups wheat germ mixture, mixing until dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Press onto bottom of 8-inch square baking pan. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Spread coffee frozen yogurt over cooled crust. Freeze 30 minutes or until top feels firm to the touch. Spoon chocolate frozen yogurt over coffee frozen yogurt, spreading to edges of pan. Sprinkle with reserved wheat germ mixture, gently pressing into yogurt.
Cover and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
To serve, cut into 8 rectangles. Top with whipped topping, if desired, and cinnamon.
Note: Low-fat or fat-free coffee with fudge or chocolate swirl frozen yogurt or ice cream may be substituted for the coffee frozen yogurt.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 160 calories, 8g protein, 1.5g fat (0g saturated fat), 30g carbohydrates, 2g fiber.