Dressed Up Breakfast – Berries, Yogurt and Granola

I  have never been a big breakfast eater.

Remember, I am the kid who grew up drinking Carnation’s Instant Breakfast every morning for years!

One of my goals for 2009 is to eat healthier and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day I figured I better start eating it.

I don’t like a lot of variation in my breakfast menu so I have been eating  Nancy’s Plain Low Fat Yogurt with about a 1/3 of a cup of granola sprinkled on top and a drizzle of honey every morning.  I just buy the granola that is in the bulk food section of Winco.   I throw on some fresh berries when I have them too.

Pretty simple but good.

I decided it was time to dress up my breakfast menu a bit.  It’s still yogurt and granola but just a little fancier.

Over at Pioneer Woman I had marked a recipe to try a while ago for Yogurt Cream & Berries.  With the addition of cream and brown sugar to your yogurt this is more like dessert!

And then I found a recipe for making your own granola over at Everyday Insanity.  Granola is healthy?  Right?  There is oatmeal and nuts in it!  I guess as long as you don’t count the butter and brown sugar you add in it’s healthy –  but it is so good!  I had never made my own granola before – man does your house smell great when it is baking!

So here is my dressed up version of my daily breakfast.  I have to admit it does taste more like dessert than breakfast and in fact I ate it for dessert on Sunday!  It is a bit higher in calories too so I will probably go back to my boring version but it is fun for a special treat.

Step One:  Add your favorite fruit – I used fresh strawberries and frozen blueberries I had picked last summer.

YOGURT BREAKFAST (2)

Step Two:  Pour Yogurt Cream over the berries

YOGURT BREAKFAST (1)

Yogurt Cream

Pioneer Woman

Dressed Up Breakfast – Berries, Yogurt and Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ C heavy cream
  • 1½ C plain, unflavored yogurt
  • ½ to ¾ C brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place yogurt in bowl
  2. Add the cream
  3. Whisk until combined- it will be nice and thick
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top of the yogurt mixture
  5. Do not stir the mixture
  6. Cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap and tightly seal the edges
  7. Place in the refrigerator for at least three or four hours or overnight
  8. When ready to eat stir the mixture until smooth
  9. Add granola and enjoy!

What do you eat for breakfast?

YOGURT BREAKFAST

Dressed Up Breakfast – Berries, Yogurt and Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 7 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews
  • ½ pound butter, unsalted
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 t. nutmeg, ground
  • 1 t. cinnamon, ground
  • 6 oz. dried cherries
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a very large bowl
  2. Melt together the next 5 ingredients while whisking
  3. It should just come to the boil
  4. Pour over the oat mixture and toss around until all oats and nuts are coated
  5. Disperse onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake at 350 degrees, tossing the mixture ensuring even baking
  7. Stir after 15 minutes, cook 3 more minutes and stir, cook one more minute and remove from oven. Granola should just begin to brown
  8. It will get darker as it sits
  9. Don’t overcook it will still be good but too hard
  10. When the granola has reached desired color, dump the granola onto a counter and toss a few times during its cooling time
  11. When the granola has cooled, sprinkle on the dried cheeries, toss and put into a container
  12. Cover and place in the pantry
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    I have a question for you. I am planning on making your spinach and pasta salad but I can’t find Yoshida’s gourmet sauce. Where do you get it and what section of the grocery store is it in?

  2. says

    Great breakfast! Glad you liked my granola-it’s addicting. I sent some to my missionary son, it saved the day (at least breakfast anyway!) Have a great day!

  3. LuAnne says

    yogurt is so good for you. You might like plain greek yogurt. It is thick. Very yummy with berries, granola, honey, and/or all the above. Do you remember the Shakley protein powder in the carnation mix or was that added just to chocolate milk. I just remember it was hard to get down. LOL

  4. says

    I can’t even think about eating your granola without gaining 5#. I make one with about the same amount of oatmeal and nuts…I use a combination of pecans, almonds and walnuts for a Nutty Granola…but instead of the butter, honey, and brown sugar, I use a cup of maple syrup. Bake it for 30 minutes or so…and then add dried fruit. I’ve not tried yours, but this one is quite delicious – for anyone watching calories.

  5. says

    LuAnne »

    I definitely remember Shaklee Protein and drinking it when I had mono my senior year in high school. The Carnation Instant Breakfast was different and tasted a lot better!

  6. says

    I LOVE granola…one of my faves for breakfast (when I eat it…coffee is my most important “meal” of the day!!)
    Anyhow…Here’s my granola recipe, and I also have a great healthy breakfast cookie recipe to change up you’re menu a bit. Let me know if you’d like it! I didn’t want to take up too much space here posting it!

    Granola:
    Ingredients:
    * 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    * 1/2 cup water
    * 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 8 cups rolled oats
    * 2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, or slivered almonds (I love the almonds, but I do leave the nuts out if I’m making this for the kids)
    * 1 cup raisins, craisins, goji berries, cranberries, or any other dried fruit you’d like

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

    Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

    Combine brown sugar and water in a 4-cup microwave proof glass measuring cup or bowl. Place in microwave on high for 5 minutes and cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from microwave, add vanilla extract and salt.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, and brown sugar syrup mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Spread the granola onto cookie sheets and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden and crunchy.

    When the mixture comes out of the oven, it is still very pliable. You may choose to add in dried fruit as a finishing touch at this time. When granola has cooled completely, store in an airtight container.

  7. Karen says

    What a beautiful sight first thing in the morning!! I’m stuck in a rut with Cheerios and Raisin Bran every morning. It used to be poptarts and Diet Coke, so I’m going in the right direction!! :-)

  8. cindy says

    Hi Leigh Anne~

    Loved the granola and yogurt cream! My first try making granola.
    EASY and very delicious. Thank you again, Leigh Anne, for another wonderful recipe! Gonna bring this one to SS class. I think they will love it!

    Love,
    Cindy

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