Monday, March 11, 2013

One of My Favorite Breakfasts

Lately I have been so enjoying homemade "greek" yogurt and homemade granola for breakfast or a snack. We ran out of Harvest Crunch a while back and I still have lots of old fashioned oats and sunflower seeds left from my bulk order, so I decided to try making granola.

I followed the basic recipe from here.  For the sweetener, I used part honey and part corn syrup and I did't have any oat flour, but now that I'm thinking about it, I probably could have just ground up some oats in my coffee grinder.

To make "greek" yogurt, I start by using Balkan style yogurt as my yogurt starter.  I had been using the cooler method to make our yogurt, but lately I have just been putting the jars in the oven and then warming it up to 130 degrees. Then I turn off the oven.  Every hour or so I warm it up again and turn it off repeating for 8 hours. It sounds labour intensive, but I just do it on days I'm around. Your supposed to keep yogurt at about 100 - 110 degrees. This way has been working great for me and I love that it doesn't use much electricity. I have been tempted to try the crockpot method, but I am really trying to lower our electic bill.

I strain my yogurt serving in a very fine strainer to get out the liquid. My mom had given me one just for yogurt a long time ago, but it's showing signs of it's age now. This strainer works just as good.

I usually add some canned peaches or raspberry jam as well as the granola.  Then I just enjoy!

This post is linked up to Mondays With Countrified Hicks


  1. I recently started making my own yogurt, and I use the "crockpot method"--it doesn't require the crockpot to be on for long at all! You just warm up the crockpot, add the warm milk and yogurt culture, and then turn off the crockpot, unplug it, wrap it in bath towels to keep it warm, and leave it on the counter overnight. Here's my post about it, with a link to the recipe I used: I LOVE Homemade granola and yogurt! :)

    1. Thanks for the link Jaimie! And thanks for visiting.
      God bless,

  2. I haven't ever made yogurt, it sounds easy enough. Good for you trying to keep costs down, it's not easy in this day and age!

  3. This is one thing I really want to learn to make. We all love yogurt and that is now a regular for dessert. I love to add homemade granola. Recently as I have been really watching what I eat, I have been eating plain vanilla yogurt with a tablespoon of sweetened coconut to crave my sweet tooth. It's delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have just started putting pineapple tidbits, a little bit of the pineapple juice and coconut on my yogurt. Rebekah got hooked right away! I used to always have this as a child, but it's not that often I have canned pineapple around. I bought a BIG can of it at Costco the other day and divided it up into smaller portions and froze it.
      So, just like you, we enjoy this for dessert.
      God bless.