Greek yogurt, honey granola, and berry jam combine to make these cool, creamy Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites, the perfect afternoon treat!
I’m beginning to think the next big foodie TV hit won’t include Gordon Ramsey, but instead star a panel of picky, whiny, hangry toddlers. You thought pleasing the great Chef Ramsey was hard? Try coming up with something to suit that bunch. They’re harsh, have no filter, and have a palate that seems to be different every day. You never know if you’re going to get a sweet and gentle Paula Abdul or a crabby, critical Simon Cowell with these guys. Anyone who can please a trio of toddlers deserves all the awards. Give the winners a vacation to a tropical island, and make sure it includes a lot of back rubs, glasses of wine, and long bubble baths. They’ll have earned it.
In all truth, little P isn’t the pickiest easier, but I’ve still found it challenging to come up with things that he’ll like that are also healthy and convenient. Most foods seem to hit two of those criteria, but it’s tough to find something that hits all three. My Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins were one of those rare finds, and I’m happy to report these Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites with Honey Granola fit the bill as well.
I started making these little snacks a few weeks ago, and I’ve found them to be the perfect snack for that strange time in between nap and dinner. Really, this is just a classic fruit and yogurt parfait in a convenient, fun new delivery system. These bites start with a layer of granola sprinkled in the bottom of a mini muffin tin. I’ve included my favorite simple granola recipe below. It’s bare bones–just a combination of oats, nuts, coconut oil, and honey–but it’s absolutely delicious and can be made in about 20 minutes.
On top of the granola is a layer of Greek yogurt sweetened with a quick mixed berry jam. Normally jam is made with fruit and sugar, but honey is actually a wonderful replacement in jam. It’s natural, unprocessed, and contains minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. I used honey to make bacon jam for my Breakfast Burgers with Bourbon Bacon Jam, and discovered it works equally well for a quick, fruit-based jam. You can use any fruit you like here. I used a frozen mix of berries, but feel free to experiment!
I like to gently fold the jam into the Greek yogurt so it has a nice swirl throughout, but if you’re short on time or patience, feel free to just blend them together. A final sprinkling of granola tops off the bites before they’re sent to the freezer to firm up. After a few hours, they’ll be perfectly poppable bites you and your kiddos will love! I like to pull these out of the freezer about 10 minutes before snack to let them thaw a bit before serving. They are a great cool, creamy treat on a hot afternoon, and they’re definitely little P approved!
I understand the thought of making homemade granola and jam can feel really overwhelming on a crazy day. I’ve been there. If it’s one of those days, feel free to sub in your own favorite store-bought granola, and keep things really simple with plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey to taste on top. Just three ingredients and about 10 minutes of time will yield a big batch of frozen treats. Trust me, you’ll feel like you’ve won the greatest competition of all when you pull these out of the freezer. And if we can’t get our all expense paid vacation for winning at life, know that I’m over here giving you a giant fist bump and a high five. We’re moving on to the next level, friends!
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- 2 cups Greek yogurt (I use whole milk yogurt)
- ¼-1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 cups mixed berries (I used a frozen mix)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free if needed)
- ¾ cup chopped nuts of your choice
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the oil, honey, and vanilla extract until well combined. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Return to the oven and bake another 7-10 minutes or until granola is golden brown. Scrape the pan as soon as it gets out of the oven, then leave on the baking sheet to cool.
- Meanwhile, make the jam. Combine the berries and the honey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to an active simmer, and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until berries are thickened and jam-like. Cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight.
- To make the bites:
- In a bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, milk, and honey until the texture is pourable but not runny. Gently fold in the jam so a swirl remains throughout the yogurt, or, if you prefer, mix completely together.
- Line 2 mini muffin pans with 24 liners (foil liners work best, but paper works in a pinch). Place a couple pinches of granola in the bottom of each one. Spoon the yogurt mixture over top, filling each one nearly to the top of the cup. Sprinkle the tops with a little more granola. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for at least three hours or overnight.
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