Yo-nola Bites

by Sarah on January 12, 2013 · 5 comments

So, I might not have made any traditional Greek desserts for Greek Week…but I did make some probably-too-healthy-to-be-called-dessert cookie-like bites with Greek yogurtWe all know that Greek yogurt and granola is a perfect pairing, going down in history as a dynamic duo aking to Zeus and Hera, or Aphrodite and, well, anyone but her husband. But I thought to myself, “Self, there must be away to bring them even closer together!”*

*Also, I had a brand new baking sheet. And you know it is important to break those in quickly.And thus, Yo-Nola Bites were born, leaping from my head like the warrior princess Athena jumped from that of Zeuss.*

*Greek mythological allusion count: 3Although their name suggests a new slang greeting to the illustrius city of New Orleans, these little bites of densely delicious joy are pretty self-explanatory.

Greek yogurt…

chobani of course! (have you entered my giveaway yet?)

…and granola.

love grown foods (apple walnut)…is there any other? :)

With some sugar and flax ‘egg’–

–not to ‘keep them vegan’ or anything, becaue of  the whole ‘yogurt being a main ingredient’ factor. [I just don't buy eggs.]

And because you can eat as much of the batter and dough as you want without fearing risk of salmonella.

….and a blend of both whole wheat and coconut flours (and a little extra spice), that is pretty much all there is too ‘em.If you want to add some extra fun, in the form of dates, or other fried fruit, well that is entirely up to you.

Of course, you will have to get your hands a bit dirty with the rather thick dough you create.

But in the end, that dense dough turns into a soft and chewy–with just enough crisp on the edges–bite of virtually virtuous “yum.”Let the Muses* inspire your own variation! Imagine what would happen with, say, Apple Cinnamon Chobani and Sweet Cranberry Pecan Love Grown? [Or, you know, whatever yogurt or granola you happen to stock.]

*Greek mythological allusion count: 4

‘Yo-no’ (la) you want ‘em. :) Yo-Nola Bites

(Makes 24)

  • 3/4 cup vanilla* Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado, demerara, or other brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax + 2 Tbsp. water (1 flax ‘egg’)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granola (I use Love Grown Apple Walnut)
  • 1/4 cup chopped date pieces, or other dried fruit (optional)

*May substitute plain Greek yogurt + 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flax and water. Whisk slightly and allow to sit for a few minutes until gelled.
  3. While waiting for the flax ‘egg’ to form, stir together flours and pie spice in a small bowl.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, and flax ‘egg.’ Stir well.
  5. Add flour mixture to yogurt mixture.
  6. Use your hands to combine wet and dry ingredients, just until a thick dough forms.
  7. Add in granola and date pieces, kneading just until distributed throughout dough.
  8. Form dough into small bites, and place on a baking sheet.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes, just until bottoms are beginning to brown and tops are golden.
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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I love baking with yogurt . . . I use it in one of my favorite pumpkin breads. Also, great idea to include granola in the cookies!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

YUM! Will you bring some of these to Blend 2013? ;)

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Sara @ fitcupcaker January 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

yum these look so good!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

These are so cute!! I bet they are a great pre running snack!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli January 24, 2013 at 4:57 am

Oh my gosh, they look so soft and chewy…thank you all magical coconut flour! I kNOw I want a YO-NOLA bite! And well, look at that…there just happens to be a half-eaten container of vanilla Chobani in my fridge right now!

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