Sweet and juicy summer berries have arrived, and I am PUMPED. You could say I have pretty high standards for produce, which means buying fresh berries out of season is simply not an option. I adore my fall apples and winter citrus, but I think summer berries (and cherries and peaches–on the way!!!) bring the most excitement. The rest of the year I still can’t stay away and opt for frozen berries, which happen to also work fabulously in this breakfast bowl!
That brings me to one of the many reasons I’m in love with this breakfast: adaptablility. Try fresh or frozen fruits, different granolas or cereals, different varieties of nut butter, and your favorite indulgences and healthy additions (I want ALL the dark chocolate chips).
Next, I wasn’t kidding around with the name. EASIEST EVER means NO BLENDER is even required. You can achieve that creamy smoothie texture with just yogurt (I use plain Greek), milk, and a stirring utensil. And once it’s loaded up, you have a delicious, wholesome, filling breakfast that will keep you satisfied into afternoon.Start with 150 g (2/3 cup, or a single-serving container) Stonyfield plain 0% Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup milk of choice. (I’m sure you can use other brands/varieties of yogurt, but the texture and taste of Stonyfield is my favorite in this!)
I LOVE these mini silicone spatulas/spoonulas from Williams-Sonoma; they’re perfect for a multitiude of tasks, including stirring yogurt and milk to silky smoothness. (Try a silicone spoonula for stirring oatmeal, polenta, sauces, pasta dishes…It’ll make you love cooking on a whole new level. 😉 )At this point you can add sweetener to taste if needed. I find with plain Greek yogurt, about half a packet of monk fruit does the trick perfectly for me.
Next up is that beautifully vibrant fruit. My favorite combo is banana, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Then top with your favorite healthy store-bought or homemade granola/cereal. Here I’m using about 1/2 cup cinnamon raisin granola. Look for quality ingredients, whole grains, fiber and protein, and little added sugar. (Granted, this granola does have more sugar than would be ideal, but a portion of it is from the dried fruit.)Now for the fun part: drizzle/glob on that nut butter, and don’t forget a sprinkle of chocolate chips for good measure! Here I’m using one of my favorites, Barney Butter Vanilla Bean + Espresso. And the chocolate chips are Lily’s dark chocolate baking chips.