Saturday, August 24, 2013

Frozen PB & J Grapes

We have all heard of frozen grapes and frozen grapes dipped in yogurt.  To be honest either way kind of freaked me out.  I imagined a rock hard grape that was going to kill my teeth and well, I do not exactly have a good loving relationship with yogurt.  It is okay at times, but not my go to snack by any means.

So, I decided to take a leap and try out a frozen grape, but of course in Rachel fashion I had to take it one step further.  I love peanut butter and granola and have been doing my best lately to integrate both into as many recipes as possible so an idea formed over the course of a week.  What goes better with a grape than peanut butter?  You have had a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich before, right?  Even as an adult that is the one sandwich I bet you secretly still enjoy.  Why granola?  While I have been known to eat PB right off the spoon, I needed the effect of the sandwich and granola is pretty trendy these days and depending on what type of bread you consume, it can be a similar flavor. 

To prepare:  Pick out some grapes, any kind, purple, red, green, whatever variety you love.  I happened to find these Midnight Beauty grapes at my local grocery and thought they would be fun to try.

First I rinsed and froze some grapes.  I will be honest and tell you I have no idea if it is important to freeze the grapes first or not, but I have seen it done that way in several recipes, so that is what I did. 


Then I made some granola.  I used a mixture of oats, flax seed, quinoa, and Pure Maple Syrup.  Have you been seeing as many recipes for quinoa granola as I have lately?  I was a little nervous so I kept the 2 separate when they were baking just to make sure the quinoa was going to be good :)  Turns out it is delish so I combined them, but...more on that later.  I blended mine up in my magic bullet prior to baking since I knew I was using them as crumbs and then blended them one more time after they baked just to get rid of some of the maple syrup that sometimes clumps. 


Then comes the peanutty yogurty deliciousness part.  I mixed 2 parts greek yogurt to one part peanut butter and added a little vanilla.  Ok, I added A LOT of vanilla, but I think vanilla is kind of like salt and pepper.  I can't tell you how much to add.  You just have to add until it tastes right to you.  But seriously....you can't have too much in my humble little opinion. 


Also, I only had crunchy natural PB.  I have 2 brands of nut butters I buy at my local grocery store because the only ingredient they contain is the nut and go figure this time around my almond butter and PB were only available in crunchy.  I guess the creamy fans beat me to the store this time, but I am not willing to compromise on ingredients just to have a smooth consistency.  If your PB or AB contains more than just the nut, read some more labels next time you grocery shop.  Palm oil and sugar are not important ingredients in nut butters.  I promise you will not be able to tell a difference.  I digress...


Back to PB & J Frozen Grapes.  Drop a grape one at a time into the yogurt mixture and coat.  It will be a thick coating. 

Drop into a pile of granola dust and roll using a fork until all the surface is coated. 


Lay them out on a plate lined with parchment paper (or if you are like me and bought an entire roll of freezer paper to use for 1 little project you can use that as well). Either way, cut the paper to size, shiny/waxy side up. Continue until you run out of yogurt mixture.  Freeze until firm. 

I tried 3 different varieties: 
oats, quinoa and a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of the 2 hence the need for separation.
The result:  a peanut butter sandwich in ball form.  It almost tastes like a Butter Finger which I really was not expecting but enjoyed regardless.  The grapes do not become teeth crushing rocks either like I imagined.  They will of course be frigid so carefully sink your teeth into them. 

 
The Recipe
 
Grapes:  rinsed and frozen
 
Ultimate Granola
1/4 cup oats
2 TBLS quinoa
1.5 TBLS flax seed
1.5 TBLS pure maple syrup
 
Blend all granola ingredients to desired texture, preferably to almost a powder. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, mixing up and turning 1/2 way through. It is powder/crumbs at this point so it should take significantly less time than traditional granola. Also, it does not need to be super toasty, just a light brown color.  Blend again if the mixture clumped up at all or if the texture needs to be smaller. Then lay out on a small dish or a bowl would work fine also. 
 
Yogurt/PB Mix
4 TBLS Greek Yogurt (I used The Greek Gods in plain)
2 TBLS PB (I used Krema Natural in crunchy)
Vanilla (to your taste buds desire, but I used at least 1/2 TBLS)
 
Combine all of the yogurt/pb ingredients in a bowl.
 
Once you have the grapes frozen and the granola and yogurt mix prepped, dip a grape in the yogurt/pb mix and then coat with the granola powder.  Lay out on parchment paper.  You will not want them to touch until after they have been frozen.  Once all the grapes have been dipped and coated, freeze for an hour at least.  Keep frozen.  This is a snack you eat at home.  It will not survive outside the freezer for very long.
 

Give them a try and let me know what you think.   




4 comments:

  1. Those sound delicious! I'm a huge fan of frozen grapes but those definitely up the satisfaction factor. I'm betting my husband would LOVE them.

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    1. Can't wait to hear how you like them :)

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  2. WOW! I can't wait to try these! I love frozen grapes and I love PB&J so I bet the combo is great!

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    1. Let me know if you try them. I really do think they have the affect of a PB&J without having to buy bread since I never seem to have any on hand.

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