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