These eye-catching Granola Pots and Shots with Yoghurt and Berries are an easy to make, healthy treat. They are also pretty enough to serve as a party or dinner party dessert. Light, fruity and delicious. (Optional dairy free & Vegan)
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Introducing Granola Pots and Shots with Yoghurt and Berries
Sometimes, life needs something a little lighter. And these versatile Granola Pots and Shots are just the thing to fill the gap… Simple yoghurt, granola and berries, layered for an eye-catching treat that can be eaten any time.
How beautiful do they look?! They are super-easy to put together… And make what some might see as an ‘average’ combination into something truly memorable and special… A dish that looks carefully considered and layered with love and care. But then… That’s how food should be. Right?
What do you need to make Granola Pots with Yoghurt?
Granola Pots are really easy to make and require very little by way of ingredients… The basics required are
- Berries or fruit
Then in addition (and depending on the sweetness level of the granola or your taste buds), you might want to add a little drizzle of liquid sweetener. To keep the pots as light and healthy as possible, it is best to add natural and unrefined sugar. Favourites here are either runny honey or Maple Syrup… But date syrup, agave nectar and coconut honey also work gorgeously… Just be careful not to add too much.
For the wow factor and a touch of finesse… Sprinkle a little freeze-dried fruit powder on the top. I get mine from Healthy Supplies (who have the most incredible range ever)… Raspberry is my favourite for its vibrant colour and zing!
And lastly… Dependent on how nutty the granola is, consider adding some additional roasted (unsalted) nuts too.
What type of granola is best for making Granola Pots and Shots?
Any Granola is good for making these gorgeous glasses of loveliness, with a few basic considerations dependent on preference.
- If making as ‘shots’… be sure the granola you use is sized in clumps that will fit the shot glasses being used… If not, choose an alternative or break it down a little first.
- How nutty do you like it? Choose a granola that fits the taste buds, but equally doesn’t feel like a layer of sawdust. I always choose a good robust granola with a super-high nut ratio both for texture and interest. The shots shown are made with Rolla Granola Pecan Maple Twist, which is to die for!
- If needing to make a nut-avoidant granola pot however, be sure to choose a granola that is completely safe for nut-allergen sufferers.
- If the granola contains oats… bear in mind that Coeliac (Celiac) sufferers need to have only Gluten Free Oats. And a very small number are unable to eat oats at all, due to reacting to the protein (Avenin) they contain. Check with anyone likely to be eating them, particularly if making for a party or shared meal.
Yoghurt or Yogurt and which is best?
Apparently, there is more than one spelling of yoghurt… So, depending on what you prefer as much as where you live, you might layer your granola pots with either Yoghurt or Yogurt. Whichever you use, you have options… for flavour, consistency and type.
Although any yoghurt will do, my preference is always for something of the thicker variety. Why?
- It layers better (without instantly spreading downwards through the whole glass).
- Depending on the type, it may also be ‘pipeable’, allowing a more even layer and even a pretty piped top.
The best thick consistency options are either Greek Yoghurt or Icelandic Skyr. If you’ve never eaten Skyr before, I urge you to try it. A dairy product that is unique to Iceland, it is naturally fat free and rich in protein. Win win!
I admit I’m a bit of a Skyr snob though… And the only brand recommended here is the genuine Icelandic Skyr from Isey. It’s what I ate when I visited Iceland and none of the other UK ‘copies’ have come close. Sorry Arla!
As for flavour? Whatever floats your boat (or your granola shot colour scheme) is good. Just don’t try piping any yoghurt with bits… I know it doesn’t work because I tried!
Can fruit other than berries be used in this dessert?
I usually use berries in my granola pots and shots for their vibrant colour and soft texture. However, don’t let this constrain you… Any favourite fruit is delicious layered with yoghurt and granola.
If choosing a harder fruit such as apples however, they are best roasted, stewed or made into a delicious compote first… Consider adding some yummy spices too, like cinnamon and ginger.
Can I make Granola Pots and Shots Dairy Free & Vegan?
Absolutely yes… Given the flexibility of ingredients when making granola pots, it is super-simple to make substitutions for dietary need:
- Dairy free? – Use dairy free yoghurt and confirm that any granola used does not contain dairy products.
- Vegan? – As for dairy free above… And also make sure that any sweetener is vegan-friendly. As such, honey needs to be avoided.
- Nut-free? – Be sure to use a granola and yoghurt that is certified to contain no nuts.
- Egg-free? – Double check the granola in case egg has been included.
How to layer Granola Shots and Pots…
Now to the extra fun bit… How to layer granola pots and shots to make a head-turning, healthy treat. Here’s a few tips to help reach layered perfection…
- Use clear dishes or glasses so that the layers and colours can be seen in all their glory. Clear glass is best.
- If making ‘Shots’, make sure the eating spoon fits into the glass.
- For shots in particular, start with a layer of granola… It gives a more solid base on which to build.
- With larger granola pots, layering can be more random… Have fun creating areas of contrasting colour and texture.
- When choosing fruit and cutting for layers, gage the size of your serving dish. If using tall, thin shot glasses, the fruit will need to be smaller/cut into little pieces to fit. Blueberries and blackcurrants are perfect!
- As noted above, thicker consistency yoghurt is better for layering. For the most even layering (particularly for shots), pipe the yoghurt evenly and give it a ‘frilly’ piping at the top.
- For extra finesse… Top each pot or shot with a single whole piece of fruit. It looks beautiful and inviting… No one will refuse something this pretty!
When to eat Granola Pots and Shots
Or maybe the conundrum should be ‘when not to eat Granola Pots and Shots’. Because they are delicious at any time. Think:
- Healthy breakfast – maybe a slightly larger glass for this one, unless you’re a mouse.
- With lunch – Fancy a sweet treat with your sandwich? A Granola Pot will leave you feeling far more virtuous than a chocolate bar.
- Dessert – These little glasses of loveliness are even pretty enough for a lighter dinner party dessert.
- Pre-Dessert – Is that really a thing? Apparently so! A pre-dessert is a little something sweet (a mini dessert to you and me) that is offered after the main course but before the actual dessert! Make it a granola shot with vibrant berries for a light break between courses.
- Healthy Snack – perfect for an after-school treat or an office boredom filler.
- Party Treat – The little granola shots are ideal for the buffet table when entertaining friends and family.
Whenever you eat them, they will be delicious… I’d love to know when you like to eat them most?!
Ready to make Granola Pots and Shots?
And that’s all there is to it! The low-down on making and enjoying the best of Granola Pots and Shots… Ready to make some?
Do let me know when you have. I’d love to hear what you put in them and what your favourite variations are. Leave a comment and share your photos on social media so I can see all your lovely layers.
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Granola Pots with Yoghurt and Berries
- clear glasses/serving dishes
- sharp knife
- piping bag and nozzle – optional
- 4 to 5 tbsp yoghurt (dairy free if required) preferably a thick consistency such as Greek Yoghurt or Skyr
- 3 to 4 tbsp granola of choice suitable to dietary need
- 6 to 7 tbsp berries Cut to appropriate size (or alternative appropriate fruit)
- maple syrup/honey Optional (or alternative natural liquid sweetener of choice)
- additional nuts Optional (and dependent on granola used)
- freeze dried fruit powder Optional – to decorate
- Dependent on whether you are making granola pots for dessert, breakfast, a healthy snack or as granola party 'Shots'… Choose appropriate serving glasses/dishes for the number of people eating. Clear glass is best to show the layers.
- Prepare the fruit being used – Wash and slice as necessary. For 'Shots' the fruit will need to be small enough to fit easily into the glasses, or cut to an appropriate size. For firmer fruit (such as apples), pre-cook to soften (either by lightly stewing or roasting), possibly with a little cinnamon or ginger.
- Gently layer the granola, yoghurt and fruit into the serving glasses as you wish. For 'Shots' in particular, start with a layer of granola at the bottom to give a solid base layer. (Reserve some whole berries to top-dress the pots)
- A top layer of yoghurt, can be piped on for extra prettiness (great for 'Shots').
- Lightly drizzle with a little honey or Maple Syrup for extra sweetness if preferred (optional).
- Top with a whole berry of choice (it helps to nestle into a little yoghurt for stability).
- Sprinkle with (optional) freeze-dried fruit powder and/or some extra nuts if using.
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