Disclosure: I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Are you a snacker? New research from Kelton and California Walnuts reveals that just about all of us (97% of Americans) snack daily and 22% of those snackers (53 million people) are looking for snacks that promote cognitive health. If this is you, read on!
Today I am posting a recipe for a nutritous snack, that’s fun, tasty and keeps you sharp! My Toasted Walnut Greek Yogurt Bark with Tropical Fruit is not only deliciously refreshing, it packs in the health benefits of a handful of walnuts ( 2 tablespoons per serving). What’s special about walnuts, you ask? Walnuts help to keep you satisfied, thanks to a combination of plant based protein and fiber. Walnuts also offer important nutrients for maintaining a healthy brain, including 2.5 g of omega-3 ALA per ounce. What’s even more exciting is this: Research suggests walnut consumption may be associated with improved cognitive function. I know I will be closely following the growing field of research looking at walnuts and cognitive function including areas like healthy aging as well as mood, concentration and more.
Clearly walnuts are the heros of this recipe, and it’s not just the health benefits. Each serving of frozen yogurt bark is packed with toasted walnuts to add crunch and richness to every single bite. It’s simple to make, and requires only five ingredients. You can have it in your freezer in less than 15 minutes. Don’t delay, it takes about 3 hours to firm up. Get it in your freezer tonight and you can enjoy a refreshing, healthy snack tomorrow.Print
Toasted Walnut Greek Yogurt Bark with Tropical Fruit
Honey sweetened Greek Yogurt is covered with toasted walnuts and dried tropical fruit, then frozen into a bark that can be broken apart for a healthy frozen treat.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 8
- Category: snack
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- Diet: Vegetarian
• 1 1/2 cup Whole milk Greek Yogurt (5%)
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup chopped California walnuts
• 1/2 cup dried tropical fruit (raisins, banana chips, sweetened dried pineapple, sweetened dried papaya, dried coconut)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spread walnuts evenly on baking sheet and place in oven for 5-8 minutes. Check frequently to prevent burning. Remove from oven when nuts are lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
2. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a small mixing bowl, add Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Stir well to combine.
4, Use a spatula to spread yogurt mixture into a thin layer over the bottom of the 9 x 13 inch baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Add walnuts to the top of the yogurt, distributing evenly. Use the back of a fork to lightly press nuts into yogurt. Repeat with dried fruit.
6. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in freezer overnight or until firm (at least 3 hours).
7. Cut or break into 8 pieces. (See notes for easier cutting.) Bark is ready to serve. To store for later, wrap individual pieces of bark in parchment paper and place in a freezer bag. Seal bag and return to freezer until ready to eat. Can be frozen for up to one month.
To make breaking bark easier, remove bark from freezer after 2 hours, and cut into 8 pieces with a knife or pizza cutter. Return to freezer for another hour or until firm. Bark should be easy to break or cut into pieces.
- Serving Size: 3 inch x 4 inch piece of bark
- Calories: 190
- Sugar: 13 grams
- Sodium: 25 mg
- Fat: 12 grams
- Saturated Fat: 2 grams
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 17 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Protein: 6 grams
- Cholesterol: 10 mg
Keywords: walnuts, Frozen yogurt bark, Greek yogurt, snack