Recipe: Fruit + Yogurt Breakfast Pie

Fruit + Yogurt Breakfast Pie

Fruit + Yogurt Breakfast Pie

Cooking is all about taking risks, big or small. I took a little bit of a risk with this (let’s be honest, there’s nothing too groundbreaking about the ingredients/process), but nonetheless, I’m pretty proud of this concoction. It was the best way to break in my new mason jars, plus the ingredients are really easy to keep on hand: any kind of fruit, Greek yogurt, granola, and graham crackers. Greek yogurt is key so things don’t get too soggy. I’m calling it breakfast pie because it’s sort of the breakfast version of a “normal” pie…the yogurt = whipped cream, crushed graham crackers = crust minus the butter.

Like many of my recipes, there are a lot of approximations here. It’s honestly pretty hard to screw up, and I love how you can use whatever fruit you have at the time. I made another version with donut peaches (so, so good!) and think strawberries would also be amaze. One tip though: eat it soon after you make it, because the moisture from the yogurt starts to make the graham crackers a little soggy. No big deal, but it’s optimal when they’re crunchy! This is the perfect thing to throw together before work if you eat breakfast at your desk, and it makes for a great afternoon snack (just take the graham cracks + granola in plastic bag and add it to the top when you’re ready to eat!) Hope you enjoy!

Fruit + Yogurt Breakfast Pie
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

– approximately 1/2 cup graham crackers (approximately three
– approximately 1 cup of fruit (I slices up cherries)
– approximately 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used Greek Gods Honey-flavored)
– 1 teaspoon granola
– 1 16oz mason jar

Directions:

Add graham crackers to mason jar and crush into small pieces with spoon or fork. Add fruit. Top with yogurt and sprinkle with granola. Told ya — easy peasy!

Photos by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Recipe: Kefir & Berries

Keifer + Berries Snack

Keifer + Berries Snack

Keifer + Berries Snack

Considering I have an insatiable sweet tooth and a thing for fried foods, I try to incorporate fresh and healthy options into my diet to try and balance things out a bit. This means adding things like spinach or kale into my smoothies or having fresh fruit on the side with my dessert. Since I know that craving sweets after each meal will be inevitable for me, breakfast and snacks are where it’s easier to forgo the unhealthy cravings (note: this only really applies when I eat breakfast at home, otherwise fast food, croissants, etc. are a likely story). After a good friend’s family introduced me to kefir a couple of years ago, I realized how well it goes with so many things that I already love. It has sort of a liquidy yogurt texture, think those weird (awesome?) Go-Gurt packs but a little thicker. You can drink it straight, put it in smoothies, mix it with cereal, eat it with fruit + granola, the list goes on.

In need of an energy-boosting snack, I recently mixed up some strawberry kefir with a sliced up peach, a handful of blueberries, and a few spoons of granola. Coupled with bunch of water, this gave me a little boost to tackle the good ‘ol afternoon slump. I’ve had practically this same variation for breakfast too, and it’s great. You can even sub your favorite cereal for the granola! Although kefir is a dairy product and too much dairy isn’t great (esp. for your skin), it’s good in moderation and is a probiotic, which is really beneficial. And bonus: this recipe is 100% customizable. Definitely give it a try next time you’re at the store…I get mine from Trader Joe’s and they have pomegranate, strawberry, plain, and more!

Kefir & Berries
Makes one serving

Ingredients

– 1/2 cup kefir (I used strawberry)
– handful of blueberries (or any other fruit)
– 1 peach (or any other fruit)
– 2 tablespoons granola

Directions

Cut up peach (or similar fruit) into bite sized pieces. Add, along with berries, to bowl of kefir. Top with granola and serve immediately to prevent the granola from going soggy.

Photos by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies