This recipe blog is a companion to part 4 of our Mediterranean Diet Resolution: Scaling the Pyramid post, and features recipes that contain amazing MDR elements, like fruit, whole grains, and deep-dark chocolate that will have you saying, How sweet it is!
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Fiber, antioxidants, and fresh sweetness burst from berries, making them the perfect star ingredient in this anytime dessert. There’s a wonderful variety of berries to choose from, so go with one of your favorites or use a variety to add color and rich flavor.
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
24 ounces (about 2 ½ cups) fresh or frozen berries (one type or mixed, larger berries halved)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small pinch vanilia or 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
¼ teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoons Greek thyme honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon chopped sunflower seeds
Fresh berries and mint leaves, for serving (optional)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a 2-quart casserole dish, combine the berries, lemon juice, vanilia, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the cardamom. Spread out evenly in the dish.
2. In a microwave-safe cup, microwave together the honey and coconut oil on High until melted, about 20 seconds; stir to combine. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour the honey-coconut oil mixture over the top and stir until combined well and completely coated.
3. Evenly spoon the oat mixture over the berry mixture and bake for 30 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden.
4. Place about 2 tablespoons of yogurt in each parfait cup and top with some berry-oat mixture. Repeat for a total of 2 layers in each cup. If desired, add fresh berries to each layer and garnish with mint leaves.
For chocolate addicts (myself included), this is a customized bark that you create in your own flavor image. The antioxidant power of the dark side joins forces with the fiber/healthy-oil combo from the nuts, fruit, and seeds in this fast-and-easy treat.
TOTAL PREP TIME: 20 minutes plus standing
MAKES: about 30 pieces
12 ounces 60% cacao bittersweet dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
½ cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, and/or peanuts), coarsely chopped and lightly toasted
¼ cup unsweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted
¼ cup dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, and/or apricots, larger fruit chopped)
2 tablespoons mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, and/or sesame), lightly toasted
Coarse sea salt, optional
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate on High for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the chocolate is almost completely melted (stirring every 30 seconds). Stir until the few remaining chocolate pieces have melted.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate onto the paper and, using an offset spatula, spread out to ¼-inch thickness (do not spread to the edges of the sheet).
3. Evenly sprinkle the nuts and coconut over the chocolate, then the fruit and seeds. Lightly press the toppings into the chocolate, then very lightly sprinkle the chocolate with salt (if using). Let stand at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours, or refrigerate for 20 minutes, until completely hardened.
4. Break the bark into pieces (you should have about 30) and serve. (Can be made ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.)
Recipes by Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos
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Refer to our Mediterranean Diet Resolution: Scaling the Pyramid blog for the basics on each food-level category and our essential tips that will help you incorporate this healthy meal plan into your lifestyle.
I hope you enjoy making this month’s Mediterranean Diet Resolution Recipes and that it helps make your New Year a healthy and happy one. Stin iyia sou! To your health!
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