Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fruit Crunch Sundae


Our family went blueberry picking this past weekend and we are up to our necks in blueberries right now. There were so many thousands of ripe, sweet, huge blueberries on each bush that we literally did not need to move from one spot to pick. I thought I was in heaven. My boys were having a competition to see who could pick the largest berry, and although we didn't actually measure it, the largest blueberry was easily larger than a nickel. Amazing.

Even above blueberry pie and blueberry muffins, our kids enjoy plain fruit and mixed fruit sundaes. A little homemade granola, a little yogurt, and some ripe, fresh fruit makes for a great breakfast or dessert item in our house--one we don't deny seconds or thirds of when asked. Try it and you will see why our kids keep coming back for more.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
8-10 strawberries, small-diced
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 pineapple, small-diced
2 cups plain yogurt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss oats, coconut, almonds, oil, and honey or agave nectar together in a large bowl until completely combined.


2. Spread evenly onto a sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until mixture turns a nice, even golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool, stirring once.


3. Combine strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple in a bowl. (Note from Holli: I did not measure any of the fruit. I think I added about equal parts of each into the bowl.)


4. In 4 ice cream sundae glasses, layer first the fruit, then the yogurt, and the cooled granola alternately until you fill the glasses. Serve with a long spoon.


Recipe from the Food Network.com by Ina Garten.

Yields: 4 servings. Each serving of 1/8 cup granola and 1/4 quantity fruit contains: Calories 113; Total Fat 5.4g; Saturated Fat 1.3g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 2mg; Total Carbohydrates 16.2g; Dietary Fiber 2.6g; Sugars 9.3g; Protein 1.9g; Vitamin A 1%; Vitamin C 57%; Calcium 2%; Iron 3%

6 comments:

Lainie said...

Oh I'm glad that worked out for you. Never being there myself, I really didn't know what it was like so I'm glad you got lots 'o berries! It sounds like the kids had fun too :)

hands full said...

This would make for a great breakfast! even for me!

clean and crazy said...

oh my gosh you are amazing, i have never had anyone explain how to make granola before, i love granola and it is so expensive. thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. i used to live there in washington and i know what you mean about the beautiful berries in season, i envy you for that but wow thanks for this so much, you will get an honorable mention or shout out from my blog for this!!

Steve E. said...

I do not cook--yet here I am reading this most interesting blog!

Thank you, Mamahollioni

(My name rhymes with yours,
"blogger steveroni"...)

Mama Zen said...

That looks SO good!

Mamahollioni said...

Clean & Crazy: You are so sweet. Thanks for the honorable mention! Let me know how your granola turned out.

Blogger Steveroni...love it!