Honey-Vanilla Yogurt

I wasn’t a fan of yogurt.  I’ve always felt that they were too sweet or too tart…

But I became a convert when I started making my own.  At first I started with plain yogurt, then I began straining it to make Greek-style… then I began experimenting culturing yogurt with fruits in it (as opposed to adding fruits after the yogurt cultured).  Mostly though (assuming I have the time) I make plain, Greek-style.

Lately I have not made yogurt, that is, until the other day.  I was inspired by the Creamiest Vanilla Bean Yogurt by Food52.

I loooooooooove it!!!!

I just love it!

So much so that I am trying an alternative breakfast menu – yogurt on alternate days.  Let’s see where this gets me!

And, to add crunch, I made some granola, stove-top style.  But I prefer my granola to be nutty, not fruity… so I used about 50 grams mixed roasted nuts and sunflower seeds, and just some diced dried apricots just for a bit of sweetness!

Love, love, love it!

(will try using real maple syrup instead of honey next time!)



Stovetop Granola

My problem with making granola is that it is always a large batch, aside from the fact that it takes quite a bit of time.  Then, because a batch is always big, we have problems finishing it!  A batch takes us almost a month to finish and towards the end, it deteriorates even just a little bit no matter how well it is stored.

The good news is that there is a easier, faster way to make granola, even if it is only for a single serving!  And no preheating the oven too!  This is granola cooked on the stove top!

Toast 1/3 cup rolled oats and 30 grams sunflower seeds tablespoons (chopped nuts if you prefer) in a wide, flat (nonstick) pan.  Add 1/2 tablespoon each of canola oil and organic honey and toss until everything is coated.  Stir occasionally until light brown, over low to medium heat (take care not to burn the mixture).  Add 1 teaspoon wheat germ.  Stir to mix completely.  Remove from heat, transfer to a plate to cool.  Add about 50 to 75 grams of your preferred mix of dried fruit (mine was a mix of raisins, diced apricots, dried apple, cranberries) and toss to combine.

I based my stovetop granola on the recipe found at http://food52.com/recipes/38602-stovetop-granola.