American cooking is a combination of all that
is good from everywhere with an added dash of creative
spontaneity. Who else would layer yogurt, kiwifruit, apples,
peanut butter and granola? The green kiwifruit was first called
a Chinese Gooseberry and was actually first grown in China. The
Chinese Gooseberry seeds were brought to New Zealand. Kiwi
“berries” grow on a vine-like plant in New Zealand and were
given the “kiwi” name because they also resemble kiwi bird
eggs. There is also a kiwifruit with a golden color and a
strawberry and mango flavor. Making homemade granola is not as
difficult as it sounds and it tastes so much better than the
granola that has been sitting on the grocery store shelves for
weeks. You may want to make the granola a few days in advance.
cup thick rolled oats
cup dark brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ
fat-free milk powder
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon vanilla extract
tablespoons creamy peanut butter or soy butter
2 (6-ounce) fat-free vanilla yogurt cups
or green kiwifruit, flesh scooped out and diced
Braeburn apples, peeled and finely chopped
or green kiwifruit, flesh scooped out and sliced
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚.
2. To make the granola, take out a 13 x 9 x
2-inch glass baking
the oats, sugar, wheat germ, milk powder and
cinnamon together in the
3. In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the butter, vanilla syrup and
Pour this sauce over the oat mixture and then stir well
so the dry
ingredients are well coated. Spread out evenly and
then bake uncovered
for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring at least five
times during the process.
4. When the mixture is lightly browned, pour out into a
large plate or pan.
5. To make the yogurt, mix the peanut butter and vanilla
6. Take out serving glasses (so you can see the layers) and
apples and diced kiwi, yogurt and granola twice.
Then garnish with kiwifruit.
Note: To find the gold kiwi variety go to www.zespri.com.
peel a kiwi, cut the kiwifruit in half and then take a
it around the outside of the fruit, between the flesh and
the peel. Scoop
out the fruit and then you can slice it very easily.
Use strawberries in place of the apples and use
in place of the peanut butter yogurt layer.
Hint: You can also serve the granola on its own
dried apricots and sliced almonds or add your
own favorite ingredients
and serve it with milk.
Makes 4 servings