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 eater, but I’ve still found it challenging to come up with things that he’ll like that are also wholesome 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 substitution in jam. Not only is it all natural, but it also contains trace amount of 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!
To learn more about the many benefits of honey and find more recipes, visit the National Honey Board’s on honey.com, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. When you’re shopping for honey, be sure to check the ingredient list. Honey is only one ingredient-honey! The color and flavor may vary from light golden to dark brown, depending on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honey bee, but any variety should work well in this and other honey recipes on NeighborFood!
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