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When Disney shared their Grey Stuff recipe as part of the #DisneyMagicMoments series on Saturday, my mom told me it would be awesome if she could have it for Mother's Day. The catch: both my parents and myself are all on Weight Watchers. I took a quick peek at the recipe and sighed in relief when I saw how easy this one would be to modify. So I added the ingredients to Instacart and got ready for curbside pickup Mother's Day morning.
The beauty (pun not intended... get it? Beauty and the Beast?) of this healthy swap is that it's just fat free or lighter versions of the same ingredients that Disney provided. So the flavor is really identical, and the Grey Stuff still maintains its creaminess. Their recipe called for a cookie and has you serve it like they do at Disneyland, but being a Walt Disney World local with a mother who loves cupcakes, I figured I'd make this like how we enjoy it at Be Our Guest: on top of a chocolate cupcake.
This Disney-inspired recipe is only a grand total of 5 SmartPoints: 2 for the Grey Stuff and 3 for the cupcakes (this holds true for all myWW plans). After delivering the cupcakes to my mom for Mother's Day, she and my dad both agreed that the Grey Stuff tasted identical to what we were served at Be Our Guest. The beauty of it, too, is that this recipe makes a lot of Grey Stuff, so you can be pretty liberal in applying the frosting to your cupcakes. I didn't have a piping bag, but I bet you could really make a mountain with it if you did!
To make the cupcakes, the secret here isn't the Weight Watchers soda cake recipe that's been passed around for years - nope, the key to making your cake moist is actually Greek yogurt! I like to use Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt for this one, and pair the flavor accordingly. Since the Grey Stuff is essentially a cookies-and-cream pudding, I used a vanilla yogurt in a chocolate cake mix. The chocolate overpowered, and Boston Cream Pie flavor also pairs really well with chocolate cake mixes. If you're using a white or yellow cake mix, try the Strawberry Cheesecake flavor for a mild strawberry cake flavor. Since I only had the single serve cups, I measured out exactly how much was in it and then added some plain nonfat Greek yogurt as well to round it out to the 8 ounces needed for the recipe. I originally saw this making the rounds on WW Connect, and have been hooked to it ever since.
Similarly to the soda cake recipe, you bake this cake per the directions on the box. Super simple! I prefer the yogurt swap over the soda because it gives the cake a little protein and is a little more moist, and thus more filling. I can fly through a bunch of those soda cupcakes, but after just one or two of these, I'm perfectly satisfied. This recipe calls for 24 cupcakes, which works out perfectly because that lowers the SmartPoints of the original Grey Stuff recipe even more (it called for 12 servings).
If you're worried about having Oreo Thins in the house, instead of getting the traditional sleeve, you can get single-serving packs on Amazon. You get 12 packs of 4, so you'll have plenty for the recipe and then if you do reach for Oreos, it's at least pre-portioned for you.
You'll see that the recipe is almost identical to Disney's, just with some fat-free swaps here and there. The instructions remain the same, so those are courtesy of the #DisneyMagicMoments recipe as well. I'll separate their ingredients, but since I made one while waiting on the other and recommend you do the same, I'll list the instructions together.
Greek Yogurt Cupcakes
Nutritional info: Cupcakes
3 SP on all myWW plans
Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.6 mg
Sodium: 123.5 mg
Carbohydrates: 16.1 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 8.9 g
Protein: 1.3 g
Nutritional Info: Grey Stuff
2 SP on all myWW plans
Fat: 0.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
Sodium: 146.5 mg
Carbohydrates: 8.8 g
Fiber: 0.2 g
Sugar: 3.2 g
Protein: 0.7 g
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Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.