A granola crust with crushed walnuts. Filled with honey sweetened whole greek yogurt, and topped with fresh berries.
Mom came to visit this week! And breakfast was ready for when she arrived. It worked out perfect. Filled us up and fueled our day full of chasing kids and shopping until we dropped. I had never made granola bars before, so I figured I would experiment with a crust to start. This recipe will make 4 mini tarts, unless you cannot resist yourself and end up eating or snacking while you prep everything. Oops! But it tastes so good, it’s hard to resist! Here’s what you need.
Makes 4 Mini Tarts
2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup finely crushed walnuts
1/2 c. honey
1/2 teaspoon molasses
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Fill with yogurt and fruit of choice
To make the crust, place all your wet ingredients in a pan, on low heat over the stove, to combine before adding your dry ingredients. Next add the oats and walnuts to the pan. Cook on low, stirring frequently, until the oats soften slightly. Let the contents of the pan cool to the touch and press into the mini tart pans to create your crust. Place your mini tarts into the oven and bake until golden brown. Mini chocolate chips, pepitas, chia seeds, bee pollen, or sesame seeds can be added in small quantities without any additional adjustments. If you add large items like pepitas, you will have to finely chop them. Keep in mind, the mini chocolate chips will melt in the oven, so don’t add so many that it creates holes in your crust. I would suggest if you want whole chocolate chips, that you not bake your crust and instead maintain its chewy granola texture. Alternatively, you would use a fork instead of picking it up and eating it. Baking will cause the crust to become more crispy. That is the beauty of this crust. It is versatile and can be adjusted to achieve desired results.
Once the crust fully cools fill with your favorite yogurt and top with fresh berries or fruit preserves. I used Fage total and added a little honey before topping with berries.