Bariatric Dessert: Strawberry Pretzel Salad
A reduced calorie version of a summer classic dessert
Growing up, this was one of my family’s favorite summertime dishes. Great for cookouts and barbecues….and something I always think of at the Fourth of July. Trouble is, it’s not a healthy dish. Which is deceiving because it’s so light …I mean, if it tastes light it should make us light, right??
To cut down on the fat and sugar of my beloved dessert, I used a product I knew very well from years of selling them in bariatric surgery clinics – protein pretzels! You cannot buy these in stores but you can get them online.
Full disclosure: Bariatric Source provided me compensation to link this post after I created this recipe. The support of this product is long-standing and is my own opinion.
You may wonder if it’s worth it to buy specialty pretzels for this recipe. It’s my opinion that it IS worth it because pretzels are a dangerous food for me to have in the house. I would prefer to have a dessert like this that I can not only feel good about at the time that I’m eating it, but I also don’t have extra high carb ingredients lurking around.
I have also used these pretzels to create Protein Pretzel Coated Chicken Nuggets!
A traditional strawberry pretzel salad can have up to 500 calories in a serving with 70 grams of carbs, 25 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. No wonder I loved this growing up!
This bariatric version cuts the nutrition down to an estimated 140 calories, 12 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrate and 3.5 grams fat. Note: this recipe makes 2 servings.
To cut the carbs I used the protein pretzels instead of traditional pretzels. I also used Stevia natural sweetener and butter spray for the crust, instead of sugar and butter. For the creamy center I used plain Greek yogurt and light whipped topping. For the gelatin I used a sugar-free strawberry and skipped the frozen strawberries.
See the full recipe below.
You might also enjoy this old cooking video when I first created this recipe! While the recipe has not change, the information on how to purchase is out of date.