Skinny Circus Animal Cookies (with Pretzels and Greek Yogurt)

    A healthy twist on a favorite treat, Circus Animal Cookies! Using Greek yogurt, pretzels, and sprinkles, boring pretzels become a healthy, low calorie dessert!

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    This recipe makes 20 pretzels, with each pretzel containing16 calories each, 1 gram protein, 2 grams of carbs, and 0 grams fat

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    Why are these animal cookies healthy?

    Instead of shortbread and sugar, I made these animal cookies with Greek yogurt and pretzels! I have been addicted to eating plain greek yogurt with sugar free pudding mix, and eat it almost daily. Then, I dipped a pretzel in my greek yogurt mix and knew I wanted more!

    So, I colored the yogurt pink, dipped the pretzel in, and added sprinkles. Then, I froze them so they could be finger food. I LOVE THESE!!

    These circus “cookies” are healthy because

    • Greek yogurt is so good for you! With almost 20 grams of protein per cup, it’s a great way to get your protein in {see my other favorite ways to get protein here}
    • And second, pretzels over shortbread! Shortbread, while tasty, is just butter and sugar. Pretzels are a heathier alternative because they are lower in calories, without all the sugar.

    How to make these healthier circus animal cookies

    The steps are simple for this recipe. I embedded a video in the recipe card below, but the basic steps are simply;

    • Mix yogurt, pudding mix, almond milk, and food coloring until your yogurt is thin enough to dip pretzels. You’ll want the almond milk to thin it out and make them dippable.
    • Dip pretzels. Place on cookie sheet and add sprinkles.
    • Freeze for about 30 minutes or longer.

    Can you make ahead or store these cookies?

    YES! Keep these in the freezer for 7-10 days!

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    Skinny Circus Animal Cookies with Pretzels and Greek Yogurt

    A healthy twist on a favorite treat, Circus Animal Cookies! Using Greek yogurt, pretzels, and sprinkles, boring pretzels become a healthy, low calorie dessert!
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    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Diet: Low Calorie, Low Fat
    Keyword: dipped pretzels, yogurt pretzels
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    3 hours
    Servings: 20 pretzels
    Calories: 16kcal
    Author: Amy Roskelley

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Mix yogurt, pudding mix, almond milk, and food coloring until your yogurt is thin enough to dip pretzels
    • Dip pretzels. Place on cookie sheet and add sprinkles.
    • Freeze for about 30 minutes or longer

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1pretzel | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g
    Nutrition Facts
    Skinny Circus Animal Cookies with Pretzels and Greek Yogurt
    Serving Size
     
    1 pretzel
    Amount per Serving
    Calories
    16
    % Daily Value*
    Fat
     
    2
    g
    3
    %
    Carbohydrates
     
    2
    g
    1
    %
    Protein
     
    1
    g
    2
    %
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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