Yogurt Bowl With Quick Skillet Granola

Our mornings -on a good day- start with this bowl of happiness: creamy yogurt topped with toasty, buttery granola and all the fixings. It’s packed with yummy, healthy stuff, and a small bowl is very filling. One of my new year’s goals is to make this breakfast a constant habit.

Quick and Simple Skillet Granola

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When you try this quick and yummy granola recipe, you might ditch the store-bought stuff for good. It only takes 15 minutes to make a batch, and the house smells so good while making the granola. I keep it simple with oats and chia seeds as the base, and I can get my kids to enjoy granola this way. Forget the pre-made granola mystery mix. You know, the one with “surprise!” ingredients that send your kids turning their heads away. If you’re not into chia seeds, try other nuts or seeds you enjoy. Or simply omit it!

Yogurt Base

Before I discovered Instant Pot yogurt, I used to mix Greek yogurt with cream cheese to woo my kids. A combination of Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and honey gives a delicious cheesecake-like flavor. I like the ratio of 2:1 (yogurt:cheese), but you can change it up to your taste. For this recipe, use whipped cream cheese instead of block. It’s a lot easier to mix to a fluffy texture, and convenience is everything in the morning.

Instant Pot Yogurt was a total game-changer in my house. My kids gobble it up, unlike the store-bought yogurt. So, nowadays, we do without the cream cheese and simply drizzle some honey on top of our yogurt. 

yogurt bowl topped with all the mix ins

Other Mix-ins

Other mix-ins I love to add are frozen blueberries, salted pumpkin seeds, and grated dark chocolate.

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Quick and Simple Skillet Granola

This skillet granola is quick and easy to make while filling the house with a delicious aroma.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author whiteblankspace

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt butter.
  2. Add oats to the skillet and stir to coat with butter. Cook oats for about 5 minutes, frequently stirring.

  3. When oats start to brown, add chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. Cook while stirring until oats turn lightly golden brown, about 2~3 minutes

  4. Spread granola on parchment paper and let it cool down.

  5. Once the oats are cooled down, they turn stiff like cookie crumbs. Break them apart with your fingers. Store leftover granola in an airtight container. Keep granola at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Let’s Test Out This Recipe

I am happy to have an eager recipe tester, Kalya, on board, who tried out this recipe and shared her feedback. Kayla is a rookie home cook, understandably, still attending high school. I’m excited to have Kalya’s feedback, as I’m sure some of the readers here are also just learning to cook. I hope you find this section helpful and relatable.

Kayla: “With the beginning of a new year, this recipe is a great way to start incorporating more fruits into your meals! After eating a lot of heavy and oily food throughout the week, eating this was very refreshing. This yogurt bowl is perfect for a simple and sweet breakfast. The refreshing fruits combined with the yogurt and granola made a morning meal that was just right. I enjoyed this recipe because you can never go wrong! It’s also very customizable so you could add various toppings to accommodate your taste. 

I added a frozen fruit mix of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries for some variety. Although fresh fruits are delicious, frozen fruits have their advantages, like convenience. Using frozen fruit can be easier to incorporate into other meals throughout the week, whether it be with smoothies or desserts. Next, is the base!

For the base, the cream cheese flavor was a little too much for me and if I were to make this again, I would probably add around 2 oz of cream cheese instead. But I have to say, the cream cheese went well with the granola. I also ended up using block cream cheese and then whipping it instead of using already whipped cream cheese. This led to a chunkier texture so I would recommend mixing the cream cheese and yogurt well, possibly with a blender. After the base, I have to talk about the granola!

After making the bowl, I have to say, I loved the granola the most. This granola is definitely worth making! It’s crunch went perfectly with the yogurt and the honey on top completed the whole bowl. I especially liked the subtle hint of vanilla from the vanilla extract and the chia seeds that added that extra crunch. You can also refrigerate the granola for later use. I ended up saving some for the next day and it still tasted great. 

This recipe was energizing and filling so I would recommend making yogurt bowls even in between meals. Other toppings you could add are nuts, peanut butter, coconut flakes, and anything else that you would like!”

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