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Yogurt Covered Fruit and Granola

 

I love the combination of yogurt, fruit and granola.  With granola, it is easy to eat too much and if you do not watch carefully, many are loaded with sugar but it is very easy to make yourself and work to reduce the sugar content.  Homemade usually tastes better too!  This variety still uses sugar but includes other healthy ingredients, such as applesauce to help sweeten the mixture.  The yogurt covered fruit provides a new, fun way to eat fruit and yogurt that is easy to mix together in advance and then easily take from the freezer to serve.

Yogurt Covered Fruit and Granola

Author/Source:

abbi @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 2.5 cups raw almonds (or pecan halves or a mixture)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 0.75 cup  sesame seeds
  • 0.75 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.75 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 0.33 cup maple syrup
  • 0.25 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 32 ounces vanilla, low fat, Greek style yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 12 blackberries
  • 12 strawberries

Directions:

For the granola, preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, honey, maple syrup and oil.  Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.  Spread evenly onto rimmed baking sheets in a single layer.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring and rotating the pans every 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven, stir to mix well.  It will crisp as it cools.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or refer to freezing instructions.

For fruit, cut fruit into small, bit size pieces.  Place a small amount of yogurt in an ice-cube tray.  Next, place fruit into the trays and cover completely with remaining yogurt.

Freezing Directions:

For granola, divide into single serving freezer bags.  Store in individual bags into 2 gallon size freezer bags.  For fruit, freeze in ice cube trays until solid.  Remove from the trays and store in zipper freezer bags.  Thaw slightly to soften yogurt to serve with granola.

Servings: 8

Nutritional Information:  Granola:  Serving Size = 1/2 cups. Calories – 228, Total Fat – 12.8 g, Total Carbohydrates – 22.3 g, Protein – 8.5 g. Dietary Fiber: 5.1 WW Plus Points: 6.  Fruit:  Serving Size = 4 pieces. Calories – 106, Total Fat – 2.4 g, Total Carbohydrates – 12.7g, Protein – 10.1 g, Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g. WW Plus Points – 3

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann


9 Responses to “Yogurt Covered Fruit and Granola”

  1. Christina says:

    Can you define thaw slightly for the yogurt?

    • Tricia says:

      Let them sit out a few minutes. Not enough that they melt but long enough for them to soften slightly. Otherwise you might find yourself breaking a tooth. :) Okay, maybe not that hard, but sitting them out a minute or too definitely helps avoid brain freeze.

  2. Leigh says:

    coconut oil would be a good replacement for canola. Thanks for posting this

  3. Houston Ima says:

    I wonder what will be a good replacement for the applesauce? My husband can’t eat apples….

    • abbi says:

      The applesauce is to replace an oil keeping the fat content lower and not adding additional sugar. You could leave it out and increase the amount of another oil.

    • nancy says:

      Houston Ima agree with Leigh try coconut oil for other baked goods you can subtitute pureed beans for the oil / applesauce replacement. Can use black or pinto for brownies, white for yellow or white cakes etc.

    • Rachel says:

      You can use mashed banana instead of applesauce (instead of oil) also.

  4. Lyn says:

    I’ve had trouble in the past with freezing yogurt in the ice cube trays. I could never get it to come out! Do you have any recommendations on what I can do to keep it from sticking?

    • Kelly says:

      The silicone trays are great. But I sometimes rub a little coconut oil or honey in the trays before I put the yogurt in so they’ll slide out easier. Or run some warm water on the bottom of the tray then try to pop them out.

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