Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fruit & Yoghurt Swirl Topped with Crunchy Seed & Nut Break

I have been feasting on my Rhubarb & Blueberry Compote all week. I have been enjoying it as a topping (along with delicious buttery tasting Manuka Honey) on my morning porridge, on its own cold straight out from the fridge, and my favourite - with yogurt topped with my newly found delicious and healthy recipe for a Crunchy Seed and Nut Break.

Fruit & Yoghurt Swirl Topped with Crunchy Seed & Nut Break
1liter fat free natural yogurt
1 batch of Rhubarb & Blueberry Compote

for the nut and seed break:
0.5dl almonds
0.25 each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
10 dried dates

Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF and line a baking tray with baking paper. Mix the dates in a food processor until forming a paste. Roughly cut the almonds and transfer to a bowl along with the seeds. Combine almonds and seeds with dates. This can be a bit tricky but don't give up.

Transfer the mix to the lined baking tray. Wet your hands and gently form the mix into a large "cookie" approx. 3-5 mm thick. Bake in the oven for 15min. Turn off the oven, take out the Seed and Nut Break and close the oven door. Cut the Seed and Nut Break into approx. 3x3cm pieces. Do not worry about the exact size of the pieces. The important thing is that you transform the large "cookie" to lots of small pieces. Return to the oven and allow the Nut and Seed Break pieces to dry until the oven has cooled down.  

To prepare the Fruit & Yogurt Swirl you simply add the compote and yogurt to a drinking glass. Start with the fruit compote, top with yogurt, do the procedure once more and finish off by adding a few pieces of the Seed and Nut Break on top as a final touch. Now Eat! Serves 4 as a healthy dessert or as part of a delicious healthy breakfast.

HEALTH BENEFITS of Yoghurt: Yoghurt that is labeled “live and active cultures” contains good bacteria/probiotics that work towards a comfortable, happy and flat stomach. Probiotics literally means “for life” and work towards a healthy digestive tract. I find that eating plain fat free yogurt calms my stomach whenever it feels upset or particularly acidic. It has a soothing effect that leaves my stomach feeling calm and balanced. Apart from providing you with protein, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, vitamin B2 and 12, potassium and zinc research shows that yogurt can also help in the battle of:

Lactose intolerance
Constipation and Diarrhea
Colon Cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Make a habit of adding yogurt as part of your diet. Follow the link for a good article about the health benefits of yogurt:

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