I have a new addiction. There’s a new ‘Aussie-Style’ yogurt in town. Noosa. Noooooooossssaaaaaa! It’s fantastic. It’s creamy with just the right amount of tart, and the fruit part is separate from the yogurt part, so you get to stir it all up. Plus, it comes in a tub similar to cream cheese instead of the traditional yogurt cup. The downside? A few things. The price. At least twice the cost of a regular ol’ cup of yogurt. And– not available in a low fat or low sugar version. No wonder it tastes so good!
Well, I just so happened to have strawberries and rhubarb in the fridge that needed to get used up. And some plain nonfat yogurt. And some granola because the crunchies just make it oh-so-much-better!
So, here’s my homemade version of my new summer favorite. Enjoy!
Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 cup fresh rhubarb, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup sweetener (sugar, splenda, honey, whatever)
- Plain yogurt (nonfat, lowfat, fullfat, whatever)
- Crunchy granola (I like the high-protein kind by Nature Valley)
- Combine fruit and sweetener in in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until fruit almost completely breaks down, about 10 minutes. Stir well and set aside to cool. Pour into a jar and keep in the fridge.
- Spoon yogurt into a bowl or cup (I use about 1/2 cup), spoon strawberry-rhubarb goodness on top (about a tablespoon), stir-stir-stir, top with granola.
- Enter strawberry rhubarb nirvana. With crunchies.
Some of you know that I have a fairly recent addition to my kitchen. A recent addition that I LOVE so far. You would love it, too. It’s my Vitamix blender. The other blenders are going in the garage sale that will happen in a few weeks.
The Vitamix is AMAZING! It can do anything a regular blender can do, plus make soup. SOUP! It will heat the water and everything. I am definitely going to take advantage in a few weeks when the weather starts cooling down. 🙂
This morning, I had a smoothie and an almond butter waffle sandwich. YUM! Smoothies are great because they are very forgiving. Hope you have fun experimenting with different fruit combinations!
Frozen Fruit Chunks (I got a bag from Costco that has pineapple, papaya, mango and strawberries)
agave nectar or sugar
1. Fill up your cup with fruit chunks– the cup you intend to drink out of. Once the fruit chunks are in there, pour the milk in to the halfway mark, then add water until the cup is 3/4 full of fruit and liquid. Add about a TBSP of agave nectar or sugar. Dump it all into the blender.
2. Give it a whirl until all the fruit is crushed up and it has the proper consistency. Add more liquid if needed– the Vitamix is great because it has a plunger stick that helps all the fruit get down to the blade.
3. Pour into the cup you measured with, stick in a straw, and sip. Now GET TO WORK!! 🙂
Have a happy day!
PS- Please forgive the sideways smoothie pic. The silly computer loaded it sideways and I can’t get blogger to rotate it!