Sunday, July 16, 2023

Frozen Yogurt Bark Isn't Just For Babies


I first became familiar with yogurt bark through a baby I know. It’s a cool treat for all those baby-led weaning kids, but it’s great for anyone else too!

It’s basically a spread-out bed of yogurt topped with fruit and anything else you can think of and then frozen. For babies? Use just fruit. For non-babies? The sky’s the limit! The biggest challenge is to find a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer, but once you’ve done that, it’s smooth sailing.

Jump to Non-Baby Frozen Yogurt Bark

I started with 2 cups of 5% Greek yogurt. The first time you make it, PLEASE don’t use non-fat yogurt. Experience it being really good, before you strip away the flavor and rich feel that the 5% yogurt gives it. (My baby friend actually uses 10% Greek yogurt, which I couldn’t bring myself to do…) Also – and don't do this for babies - I stirred in some honey AND drizzled more over the final product just before freezing.

It’s fun to gather all the ingredients to put on top. 

Use whatever appeals to you, but make the pieces smallish, so they can fit nicely on whatever shapes you cut it into. I used sliced strawberries and blueberries. And I cut delicious pieces of dried mango (chili-covered mango from Trader’s Joe’s) into small diamonds (and a few triangles). Plus I was lucky enough to have some granola in the freezer, so I sprinkled that over at the end.

The amounts are just suggestions. Put as much on top of the yogurt as you think looks good. (If it looks good, it will certainly taste great!) I almost disastrously forgot the best thing that I was going to use - chocolate-covered pretzels! But, luckily, I remembered just before I put the bark into the freezer. I don’t think you can tell that they were an afterthought…

Enjoy. And remember no honey for babies under a year old, and, also, they can’t have all the fun stuff that makes the yogurt bark really heavenly…

Note: If you warm the honey just a bit, it makes it a breeze to stir into the yogurt. Pour it into a small glass bowl and microwave for 20 seconds or so. Never microwave the plastic honey bear!

Non-Baby Frozen Yogurt Bark

2 cups Fage Greek Yogurt - 5% fat
2 tbls. honey (warmed, see note above)
6 sliced strawberries
3/4 cup blueberries
6 small chocolate pretzels, broken into pieces
1/3 cup granola
A tbl. or so of honey to drizzle over the top.

Line a 9” x 13” baking sheet with waxed paper. 

Mix the yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey. Spread evenly in lined baking sheet. 

Place remaining ingredients on the yogurt in the order given, pressing down slightly. Freeze overnight (or at least 6 hours). 

Place entire sheet of frozen bark (still on waxed paper) on cutting board. Using a long chef’s knife, cut into squares and place on serving dish in one layer. Serve when slightly softened in about 5 minutes. 

Place unserved yogurt bark back in the freezer until ready to use.

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