Chobani Cherry Pie Yogurt Bars {The Prestige}

{The Prestige}

Now that the Academy Awards (or Christmas, whatever you prefer to call it) has finally ended, I want to share with you some of my favorite films and recipes. Brace yourself, I’m about to enter full film geek mode.

For those of you who were not aware, “The Prestige” is one of the best movies ever made (in my not so humble opinion, I promise I’m right about this one). Directed by the legendary Christopher Nolan, and starring Hugh Jackman, Chrisitian Bale, and Michael Caine, this film is already set up for greatness. Told in a narrative that jumps between various points along its time line, playing out like a magic act itself, the story is that of two magicians in Victorian-era London on the rise in their careers. The first — played by Christian Bale — is an expert in understanding the fundamentals of any trick, but lacks showmanship. The second — played by Hugh Jackman — is a master showman who is more entertaining than technical. A tragic series of events pits the two performers against each other in a battle of wits that spirals further and further out of control, consuming both of them and everything and everyone they care about.

What makes this movie so incredible is that while it is indeed a movie about the dark side of magic, it is also a complex character study about how self destructive obsessions are with a sideline love story and a sci-fi twist. The non-linear structure to the film keeps the audience on their toes, drawing them into the magician’s obsessions. As introduced at the beginning of the film, each trick has three parts, the pledge, where an ordinary object is presented to the audience; the turn, where the object is turned into something unexpected; and the prestige, where the object is brought back. In seeking uncontested prestige in the life of magic, Angier and Borden experience, that in real life, once lost, some things cannot be brought back.

This 2006 film was nominated for Academy Awards in Cinematography and Art Direction, both well deserved nominations.

{Chobani Cherry (or Blueberry) Pie Yogurt Bars}
Makes 12 bars
Recipe adapted from therecipecritic.com

This post was inspired by the #MadeWithChobani project. As someone who ate Chobani Blood Orange yogurt every day her entire junior year of undergrad for breakfast, I have a sweet spot for the brand and figured why not!

One of my favorite thing about greek yogurt is that it can often be used as a substitute for sour cream to make recipes healthier, something my mom has been doing for years, and honestly – you can’t taste the difference in the final product! Hopefully y’all are one step ahead of me on this and get the connection to “The Prestige”: Both in magic, and in these delish yogurt bars, not everything is what it seems. And when you serve them to your guests they will disappear before your very eyes!

…I know, the puns are rough, but I just can’t help myself sometimes.

With the whole “magically disappearing calories” thing in mind, I figured it would best to make a dessert for this #MadeWithChobani project because, lets be real, if I can find ways to cut calories out of the sweet treats in life then I am all kinds of happy. I stumbled across this recipe and tweaked it a little bit in an effort to make it healthier by using Chobani greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Not only did it work, but it was delicious!

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 1/2 c butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 1 c cherry (or blueberry) pie filling
  • 1/2 c cherry (or blueberry) Chobani yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 and prepare an 8×8 square pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying with cooking spray.
  • Make the crust by whisking together in a medium bowl the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the melted butter. The dough will be crumbly but make sure all of the butter is incorporated.
  • Reserve 3/4 cup of the crust and press the remaining into the bottom of your 8×8 prepared baking pan.
  • For the yogurt mixture, mix together in a large bowl the yogurt, sugar, 1 Tbsp flour, egg, and vanilla. Pour over the crust in your 8x pan.
  • Spoon your pie filling over the yogurt mixture and gently swirl with the yogurt filling with a spoon.
  • Sprinkle your reserved 3/4 cup crust over the top and bake for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown (I found it was closer to 28).
  • Cool completely and serve into squares.

I made two batches of these (because you can pretty much make any flavor you want as long as the greek yogurt and pie filling are the same flavor) and brought them over to a friend’s house for her and her family to enjoy because otherwise I would have eaten literally all of them by myself. Using greek yogurt instead of sour cream cuts out a lot of calories, but not if you eat 20 bars…

Thanks again to Chobani for the chance to brag about my favorite movie, and my new favorite dessert, with your #MadeWithChobani project! I encourage y’all to check it out — I don’t doubt there are a lot of other great ideas out there! Happy eating!!

And go watch “The Prestige.” No seriously, like now. Go.

8 thoughts on “Chobani Cherry Pie Yogurt Bars {The Prestige}

  1. Nice dessert bars, I see why they are addicting! I made cherry yogurt and cherry pie filling combo and took them to Mama today. And you were right, when cooled and put in refrigerator, the crust and filling firmed up a bit more. Definitely store in fridge because of the yogurt. My taste buds thank you!

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