Homemade Greek Style Yogurt with Almond Granola




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Homemade Greek Style Yogurt with Blood Oranges and Almond Granola ~ a perfectly healthy breakfast from scratch.

I’m continuing my theme of restocking the kitchen after a trip; it’s so much easier to contemplate making large batches of basics when the fridge is relatively empty.  What could be better than opening the door and finding a big bowl of homemade yogurt and some fresh nutty granola.  Both are so easy to make and so rewarding.

The Yogurt is as simple as setting a half gallon of whole milk on the stove in a heavy bottomed pan and bringing it slowly up to temperature: 170-180 degrees.  This takes about 1/2 an hour, and it’s best if you use a clip on thermometer to get an accurate reading. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool to 110 degrees; this takes about another half hour.  Then add in a cup of store bought yogurt which will act as your starter to introduce the good bacteria that will turn the milk into yogurt.

The pot needs to be kept warm at 110 degrees for about 6 to 8 hours while the yogurt cultures develop.  My unorthodox method involves wrapping it in an electric blanket set on medium.  A heating pad and towel can do the trick as well.  If you have a gas oven your pilot light may give off enough heat (check it with a thermometer) or, as a last resort, you can invest in an inexpensive yogurt maker.

To get thick Greek style yogurt you can let it drain through cheesecloth set in a strainer over a bowl.  (Put it in the refrigerator.) The whey will drain out in about an hour and you’ll be left with thick creamy yogurt that doesn’t have the unpleasantly sharp tang of commercial kinds.

My favorite fruit to have with yogurt is oranges…and since it’s high citrus season right now there are all kinds of varieties in the stores.  I sectioned a blood orange and added a dusting of wheat germ and a drizzle of orange blossom honey on top.  It really doesn’t get any better than this.


 

But if you really want to set yourself up for a week of great eating, make a batch of fresh granola to go along with your yogurt.

I call this Almond Granola but it has hazelnuts in it as well.  You can add any kind of nut or seed you like.  I usually use vanilla flavoring in granola but here I substituted almond extract.  I omitted dried fruit in this version so that the oranges and nuts could take center stage.

 

 


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Almond Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F 
  2. Toss all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Mix the oil, honey and almond extract in a measuring cup and pour over the oat mixture, tossing as you drizzle to get the granola evenly coated and thoroughly mixed.
  4. Spread the granola evenly onto a baking sheet with sides.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring and redistributing every 5 minutes until everything is golden brown.
  6. Cool completely on the pan before storing in an airtight jar.

 

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    Linda L.
    January 27, 2013 at 3:29 am

    What do you do with the whey? I know people throw it out but that seems wasteful.

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    Arina
    February 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m going to make yoghurt right now.

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    Mrs. Cody Flannery
    February 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    What type of store bought yogurt do you add as a starter? Does it need to be “Greek Style: yogurt?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 23, 2012 at 1:22 am

      I think you can use any plain yogurt you want, I always use my favorite whole milk Greek yogurt as a starter, but you don’t have to.

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    Betsy
    February 2, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Beautiful photos! This makes me think of a cozy Sunday brunch. We just launched our online Seasonal Potluck and February is Oranges month! If you’d like to link up your recipe, we’d love to have you! http://bit.ly/zDoNfx

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    January 31, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Yum. What a scrumptious recipe. I love the flavors here!

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    MarySue
    January 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Yum! This looks amazing…and so easy, too.

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    grace
    January 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    your photos are STUNNING! plus, kudos to you for making yogurt!

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    Stephanie
    January 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love this post! I’ve never made homemade yogurt before, but you’ve inspired me to add it to my to do list for sure. I’m sure the taste is so much better than commercially bought brands, like you said. Blood oranges AND homemade granola! Yum, what a great looking breakfast. Wish I could have that this morning!!

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    yummychunklet
    January 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Love the color the blood oranges give to the yogurt!

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    annie
    January 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

    This looks so amazing…both the Greek yogurt and the granola. YUM!

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    kara@kompromisedkitchen.com
    January 27, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Greek yogurt looks amazing. I have been making my yogurt for a while now but have been really wanting to try greek style. Thanks for the tips. P.S. blood oranges… sounds d’lish!

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    January 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    These are two things I love. Homemade granola is a major weakness of mine…I adore it! Yours is gorgeous- pinned that last photo. And ditto on Greek-style yogurt w/ oranges and honey. Awesome!

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    The temptation of those blood oranges is so…well…tempting. But, I am way too lazy to make my own yogurt…could you run down to TX to my house and bring me some? Pretty please? No wait, I’d much rather come up to New Hampshire…snow!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    January 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Gosh that looks SO delicious – the granola and the yogurt – what a perfect breakfast
    Mary x

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    January 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I would be so happy with my day if I had made all that! Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I could eat that three times a day!

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    A Brown Table
    January 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This looks refreshing and colorful besides being tasty. Everything looks delicious!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    January 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you Sue, I am going to make this yoghurt. I eat yoghurt everyday, so would be thrilled to have my own in the fridge. The oranges and granola look splendid too. Jude x

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    Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee
    January 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Looks fabulous!! I love Greek yogurt and blood oranges.