With the Easter holiday right around the corner, grocery store aisles are full of pastel-colored candies and wrapped sugary treats, from cream-filled eggs to the iconic chocolate bunnies. Skip the candy this year and try out these granola-based snacks for your little ones!
Some-bunny Fruit Parfaits
Think granola and yogurt is too simple for a special brunch or breakfast? Think again—these fruit and yogurt parfaits make a beautiful addition to Easter brunch, a delicious snack or light dessert.
Start with three cups of your favorite plain or vanilla yogurt. Greek or strained yogurt will make an extra thick and creamy addition to parfaits. Combine fresh or frozen and thawed berries, like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, in a separate bowl. Add a sprinkle of sugar or honey to sweeten berries to taste. Use any other chopped fruits, such as pineapple or peaches, as you build the parfaits.
Using four clear glasses or small bowls, spoon a few tablespoons of yogurt in the bottom of each glass. Add a layer of fruit mixture. Then, for a festive touch, add a few tablespoons of Sunbelt Bakery granola mixed with mini candy Easter eggs. Repeat layers until the glass is mostly full. Garnish each glass with a few fresh mint leaves, a swirl of honey, or fresh berries. For a burst of color, you can even add some of your Easter-themed candy on top. Serve immediately so the granola stays crunchy!
Chocolate Granola Nests
Spring is full of new life, with bright flowers and new growth everywhere. This season is also marked by iconic birds’ nests, with eggs nestled together. You can make sweet and tasty nests for your kids to enjoy this Easter—and with granola on hand, it’s a quick and simple recipe!
Roughly chop 4 ounces of chocolate of your choosing—dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate all work well. In a double-boiler, or in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate until melted. Gently mix in 2 cups of your favorite granola cereal. For coconut lovers, add unsweetened coconut to the mix.
Spray a muffin tin, or mini-muffin tin, with non-stick spray. Once mixture is combined and well-coated, using a spoon divide the mixture into the muffin tin, dividing equally. Using your fingers or the back of the spoon, make a small indentation in each nest.
Place the tray in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes for the nests to firm up. Once set, add your favorite “nest fillers” to each nest—chocolate-covered nuts, yogurt-covered raisins, plain raisins, or your favorite small sweets!
Enjoy immediately, or store these in a cool place to prevent melting.