Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Bars

Fresh fruit frozen into colorful yogurt bars

These Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Bars are fun to make, and pretty, too. They make a nice healthy treat for kids of any age. I make a simple granola for the bottom layer, and then collect lots of leftover bits of fruit and mixed it up with my favorite Greek yogurt to spread on top.

healthy frozen yogurt bars with fresh fruit

You can use already frozen berries if you like.  The pan goes into the freezer for several hours until everything is nice and solid.  When you slice it all the fruity bits make a colorful pattern.

frozen fresh fruit and yogurt bars

Most fruit will work well in these bars, chop it, slice it, or use small fruit whole.  I used all sorts of berries, cherries, an apricot, a banana, and some green grapes.  The more colors you use the prettier they will be.  I didn’t add any sweetener, but you could use a flavored yogurt as the base for more sweetness, or add honey to the plain variety.  Me, I like the tanginess of the plain.

frozen fruit and yogurt bars are perfect for breakfast!

The granola layer is simple to make, but you can also you your favorite ready made stuff.  It’s not really a crust, it kind of mixes in with the yogurt as you spread it into the pan.

healthy and delicious summer breakfast bars made with Greek yogurt and fruit

These bars won’t melt as they defrost, they’ll hold their shape, so they’re not too messy for little ones.  The texture is icy at first, and softens a bit as it sits.  I tried to think of a way to change the yogurt so it would freeze with a creamier texture, if anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.  I think adding LOTS of sugar or honey would help, but I didn’t want to do that.  Adding a small amount (1-2 Tbsp) of alcohol like vodka might help, too.  You might also try processing the yogurt with a couple of ripe bananas first.

Delicious and healthy frozen fruit and yogurt bars

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Bars

Yield: makes 12 bars

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of your favorite granola, or recipe below
    granola
  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    filling
  • 32 oz tub of your favorite Greek yogurt, either flavored or plain
  • 3 cups fresh fruit, chopped or sliced, you can leave small berries and grapes whole

Instructions

  1. To make the granola:
  2. Set oven to 350F
  3. Toss the oats with the honey, oil and vanilla. Mix it so that all the oats are evenly coated.
  4. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring once during the baking time to redistribute. Let cool.
  5. Spread the granola in the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking dish.
  6. Put the yogurt into a large mixing bowl. Fold in the fruit. Fold carefully so you don't crush delicate berries.
  7. Spoon the mixture onto the granola and spread out as evenly as you can.
  8. Cover well with plastic wrap and put into the freezer until solid. This could take 4 hours or more.
  9. Remove from the freezer and let the bars sit for about 15 minutes to soften a bit and then slice into squares. Serve immediately.

Notes

recipe adapted from The Lean Green Benn

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/tutti-frutti-frozen-yogurt-bars/

frozen yogurt bars with granola crust

25 Comments

  • Reply
    Vonnie Greene
    April 1, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Recipes are useless when there is NO NUTRTION NUMBERS for those of us who need them. Sounds good, but useless

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      Sue
      April 1, 2016 at 7:11 am

      You can plug in recipes to several sites online where you can get their nutritional info, Vonnie.
      Calories 150
      Total Fat 4g
      Sat Fat 1g
      Total Carb 23g
      Fiber 3g
      Sugars 11g
      Cholesterol 5mg
      Sodium 53mg
      Protein 7g
      Hope this helps!

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    Melody
    June 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    You could try mixing in an ice cream maker for a while until it is soft serve consistency. Then put on top of the granola. I make fat free frozen yoghurt this way and although it can look icy it tastes creamy.

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      Sue
      June 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Good idea!

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    Jennie
    June 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Those look and sound fantastic, I think I would add a little honey. Have you tried making these with sticks in an ice pop mold? I think I want to try that, just wondering if they’ll pop out in one piece, or end up a mess. Gonna give it a try!!

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron
    June 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    These are sooo pretty! Love all those little bits of fruit in there! I don’t mind a little iciness..I suspect you are right about the sugar, but I think they look great just as they are :)

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    Susan
    June 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What a pretty idea, Sue! I love all of those beautiful colors of fruit mixed into the frozen yogurt and the granola crust sounds like the perfect base. Refreshing, delicious and healthy!

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    Michelle { A Latte Food }
    June 11, 2015 at 9:13 am

    These bars are absolutely gorgeous! I want a few of these to wash down this hot day! :-)

  • Reply
    Kennedy Cole@ KCole's Creative Corner
    June 11, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Yum! I love Greek yogurt! I put it in everything!
    I recently made a cooking and baking blog, too.
    http://kcolescreativecorner.com
    I would greatly appreciate it if you would check it out!
    Thanks so much!

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    Cathy
    June 9, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    When I saw this, I wanted some so bad! We’re on a small island in the Caribbean, and it has been so hot and dry since April. These sound absolutely awesome. I do like the idea of the lemon curd also, but think I would stick to your yogurt. Either way would be so cooling and delicious,yet still healthy. Biggest bonus, no hot oven or stove in an already hot kitchen????

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    June 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

    So colourful and tempting with all the fruits!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

      It’s handy for using up leftover bits and pieces!

  • Reply
    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    June 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Sue these are so fun! They are pretty and sound delicious!

  • Reply
    cheri
    June 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Sue, this would be a big hit young or old in our family, having a lot of company at the end of this month, pinned and printed.

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    June 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This is a great, healthier way to snack. And it looks so pretty too!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Such pretty bars, I love those bright pops of fruit peeking through!

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    Diana / Dreams Factory
    June 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Wow, these look amazing! Love the granola recipe too, will definitely give these a try.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana!

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    Teresa Davis
    June 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Plain yogurt is just a bit too tangy for me. I sweeten it with a bit of frozen juice concentrate (apple or white grape). I keep a container in the freezer just for that purpose. I add maybe a rounded teaspoon. I also add a tablespoon or less of a no-sugar added jam. It is far fewer calories than flavored yogurt and much more natural tasting.

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    PurpleQueen
    June 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

    As always this desert looks amazing! Seeing as I am not a fan of yogurt, I was thinking about making it my own by mixing lemon curd with whipped heavy cream, then folding in the fruit, pour or spread the fruit mousse over the crust, and freeze. It’s not just for after dinner, it could be the next breakfast of champions! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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      Sue
      June 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Wow, I like your take on this – how could you go wrong with lemon curd and whipped cream?

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

    So, so pretty and undoubtedly a refreshing treat. Such a great idea to make frozen yogurt in to bars!

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    grace
    June 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

    what a great idea! mine would never be this pretty, but i think even i could make them delicious!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Not only are these beautiful but I bet they are fantastic too! What a terrific idea – love the granola crust :)

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 8, 2015 at 8:33 am

    What a fun idea! This is another one of your recipes that looks a bit more like a piece of artwork than something good to eat. But don’t get me wrong, I would be thrilled if you set a plate of this in front of me, I definitely would do more than just admire it!

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