GREEK FROZEN YOGURT BARS >> an on-the-go whole food breakfast

Jul 04, 2020

Perfect for anyone who requires a grab-n-go breakfast or for those who prefer a cooler breakfast in the warmer months! These bars are a wholesome enough to energize you and tasty enough to enjoy as a light summer dessert.

The bars are packed with healthy fats, energizing carbs, and enough protein to keep you satiated! The bars contain a beautiful balance of the four nutrients I prioritize at most meals. Let's take a look:

  • PROTEIN: from the plain Greek yogurt and protein powder
  • FATS: almonds in the base and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds as garnish
  • FIBRE-FILLED CARB: oats and dates blended into the base
  • VOLUME: from vibrant mixed berries

 


GREEK FROZEN YOGURT BARS



INGREDIENTS

BASE

  • 1 cup (150g) pitted dates
  • 1 cup (120g) almonds
  • 1 cup (80g) oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

YOGURT MIXTURE

  • 1 1/2 cups (350g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops (60g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 lemon, juiced

TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup (140g) frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons (15g) pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a food processor, blend the dates until a thick paste forms. Remove the dates from the food processor.
  2. Add the almonds to a food processor and blend into small chunks. Then add the oats and salt and blend until the oats are partially broken down.
  3. Add the dates back to the food processor with the almonds and oats. Blend until the mixture sticks together when precessed between your fingers. If the mixture doesn't stick, add a tablespoon of water and blend.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a parchment lined baking sheet/pan pressing down to create a firm base.
  5. Combine the plain Greek yogurt, protein powder, and juice of a whole lemon in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Stew the frozen berries by adding them to a small sauce pan on medium heat until the berries have thawed and the juices are released. Alternatively, melt the berries in the microwave.
  7. Spread the Greek yogurt over the base covering evenly.
  8. Place the berries on top of the yogurt in small patches and use a knife or fork to swirl into the yogurt. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seed or other nut or seed of choice.
  9. Place in the freezer and let set for 1-2 hours, or until the bars are solid enough to cut into 8 squares.
  10. Store the bars in the freezer. When you are ready to enjoy, let a bar thaw for 5 minutes and eat up!

VARIATIONS

DAIRY-FREE. To make these bars dairy free, substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut, soy, or almond yogurt. Combine the yogurt with a dairy-free protein powder. Do note the bars will be lower in protein as plant-based yogurts are light in protein!

SEASONAL FRUITS: Use whatever fresh or frozen fruits you have on hand.

DRIED FRUIT: Substitute any dried fruit in the base like apricots or dried cherries.

FLAVOUR COMBOS: Experiment with flavour combinations by mixing up the protein powder, fruits, and dried fruit. For example, using dried cherries for the base, chocolate protein powder with the yogurt, and cherries and cacao nibs as a topping would make for a Black Forest Cake version!


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