Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Bark with Maple Almond Butter
Stand back, it’s a snickity-snack attack. it’s healthy. it’s delicious. it’s nutritious.
beezus, we're makin' yogurt BARK.
First things first, you really can’t go wrong with this stuff. Start with yogurt as the base. It's your blank canvas! And then let that culinary creativity flow! Add toppings of whatever your lil heart desires - like fresh fruit, granola or nuts. Freeze it, break into bite-sized pieces, and keep cool in the freezer for healthy lil snackaroonies. It’s just the right mix of creamy, crunchy and sweet!
Mix it, match it… #nom, play with different yogurt flavors [hello, Chobani PUMPKIN spice, I’ve got my eye on you] and the toppings. Some of my personal faves include coconut flakes, chia seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, cocoa powder, maca powder and granola… to name just a few :)
For this particular batch, I opted to swirl in a lil maple almond butter into the yogurt mixture [you can also sub in honey, agave nectar, and/or vanilla extract for added sweetness]. I also added a scoop of collagen peptides for a protein POW-punch.
The collagen is completely tasteless and I found that it dissolves pretty well into the yogurt [whisk with a fork]. I’ve been taking the collagen for about 8+ months now and have noticed improvements in the health of my hair, skin and nails [strength and sheen, gals!] . I typically pop a scoop of it into my morning scrambled eggs, or a nighttime smoothie. I figured it’d be a great addition for my yogurt bark!
And, now for the toppings. I chopped up two Simple Squares bars into bitty pieces and also threw on some fresh blueberries.
If you haven’t heard of Simple Squares, check them out! Seriously. They’re organic nutrition bars made of 5 clean, simple ingredients [mostly nuts + spices]. That's it. They're paleo, non-GMO, & gluten free ... MY LANTA. They're dynamite on their own, so I knew they would be a bomb.com topping for my yogurt bark and would give it that lil crunch that I was looking for.
Simple Squares has a line-up of 8 different and unique flavor varieties. The ginger is one of my faves :) … but if you’re STILL skeptical and would like an expert “taste test” review, my very own Pup Pound gave their 2 cents - here - and it’s paws-itivley dawg-lightful :)
Alright, let’s get into it … [Vanilla Blueberry Yogurt Bark with Almond Butter] ... the deets, comin' at ya!
- 3 cups of Siggi's vanilla yogurt
- 2 Simple Squares [cho-coco + cinna-clove flavors]
- 1 scoop Sports Research collagen peptides
- 2 tablespoons of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter [equivalent to 1 mini packet]
- a handful of blueberries
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper
- Mix collagen peptides into yogurt [I kept it simple and just mixed the collagen into the large yogurt container with a fork]
- Once the yogurt and collagen are combined, pour the mixture into the center of the baking dish and spread evenly throughout the pan [use a rubber spatula to even things out]
- Add small dollops of your almond butter on top of the yogurt mixture and use a fork to spread and swirl it throughout [this got messy, so in retrospect you could even melt the almond butter in the microwave first and drizzle over the yogurt]
- Top with chopped Simple Squares and the handful of blueberries
- Freeze for about 4 hours
- Break into bite-sized pieces and keep stored in the freezer for easy-peasy snackin’
Siggi's vanilla yogurt + collagen peptide base, maple almond butter swirled in, and topped with chopped Simple Squares ...
...adding those fresh bluebs ...
... and freezer time. tick, tock.
the finished product! break apart quickly, store in a container, and pop back into the freezer for snackin'!