Ok, friends, I know the school year starts in less than 1 week, but summer isn’t over yet, and I must share this delicious and nutritious yogurt bark recipe for you to try as we wind down our last few HOT summer days. It’s a refreshing and healthy treat for all; you can customize it to your family’s taste and what is currently in your kitchen. If you have a half container of yogurt sitting in the fridge staring at you, let’s get to it!
This is a fantastic recipe to make with your kids, they can swirl and mix all the ingredients and pour the delicious maple yogurt onto the parchment-lined tray. My kids would love to participate, and it would certainly pique their interest in trying their very own creations. Yogurt is the base but vegan yogurt can be used as an alternative. Sweetened with maple syrup or honey, fresh or frozen fruit, and lastly adding crunch which can include cereal or granola of choice! That simple. The hard part is waiting for the bark to set in the freezer.
What you will need:
You are just a few ingredients away from a delicious healthy snack! You will need the following:
Yogurt: The star of the show and can be substituted for a non-dairy version. I prefer to use plain Greek yogurt for that additional protein, but any yogurt will do here. Keep in mind if you have flavored yogurt and it is already sweetened, you may not want to add as much maple syrup. Cut the maple syrup measurements in half and taste along the way to see what sweetness level suits you.
Sweetener: Lately I have been on the maple syrup train, but you can swap for other natural sweeteners such as honey, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar. If you are using a vanilla-flavored or fruit-flavored yogurt, keep in mind that there are sugars already added and you may want to opt for adding more sweetener or reducing the suggested measurements.
Fruits: Any type of berries is an awesome combination in the yogurt bark, but you can use any fruit of your liking. In this version, sliced bananas complemented the cinnamon toast crunch cereal and walnuts exquisitely. But adding bright red strawberries and blueberries or thinly sliced kiwi will offer this bark some fun colors.
Cereal: Adding texture such as granola or cereal will create a great crunch. You can use rice crispy cereal, cinnamon toast crunch to anything in between. Granola for additional fiber works well here too so whatever you have, go for it. Measure about a half cup.
Additional mix-ins: You can have a lot of fun with this. Add nuts or nut butter, pretzels, dry fruit, and anything you think would create a delicious combination with your yogurt base.
How to make it:
This recipe is quite easy to put together, start by mixing yogurt with a half cup of maple syrup, and stir until well combined. Once the mixture is smooth and creamy pour onto an 8 by 10 tray lined with parchment paper, use the back of a spoon to evenly spread the yogurt. On a cutting board, cut your fruit into bite-size pieces and set them aside, do the same with your cereal, nuts, and other toppings. Add your mixture to the yogurt tray and press lightly so the mixture is incorporated into the yogurt. Then freeze your yogurt bark for at least 3-4 hours to allow for it to set. Once set, remove from the tray by using the excess parts of the parchment paper and place them onto the cutting board for easy cutting. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
Now that you are hopefully inspired to make this delicious healthy snack, what are your family’s toppings of choice? I would love to hear and see your creations and combinations! Comment below or message me on social media to keep the yogurt-bark inspiration and conversation going.Print