Fourth of July

Strawberry Hibiscus & Yogurt Granola Toast

July  2, 2022
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Photo by Joni Goldbach
  • Prep time 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • makes 12-16 toasts per loaf
Author Notes

Remember Pixy Stix -- those straws filled with powdered candy? They were one of the most coveted candies in my elementary school lunchroom. Powdered fruit-flavored treats were having a moment in the 80s and 90s. The first thing I learned how to make was Kool-Aid. After watching my Mom pour the powder and sugar into a pitcher and add water a few times as a toddler, I decided I could take on the task. You can imagine the mess.

All those childhood memories came flooding back when I spooned a bite of Berry Bavarian into my mouth at Destroyer in LA. Covered in bright red berry powder, it had all the intense fruity flavor of those candy powders of my youth. Since then, I've been itching to make something with berry powder at home.

These toasts are meant to evoke all the flavor and texture of eating a bowl of yogurt and fruit with granola in a hand-held format. Make the bread and fruit powder ahead of time for delightful, quick breakfast toasts throughout the week. They also do well as a surprising, made-to-impress brunch party dish.

The bread is a nut-filled variation of my Birdseed Bread, adapted from Sarah Britton’s Life-Changing Loaf of Bread recipe on her blog, My New Roots. It works equally well for savory open-faced sandwiches and toast. —Joni Goldbach

What You'll Need
  • Granola Bread
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (hulled)
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1/2 cup cashews, walnut pieces, or almonds
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 3 tablespoons psyllium seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Strawberry Hibiscus Powder & Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • unsweetened thick coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • honey (optional)
  • fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  1. Granola Bread
  2. Toast the sunflower seeds, millet, and nuts in a skillet over medium heat. Stir them gently until they start to turn golden and smell nutty. Some of the seeds may start to crackle and jump in the pan. Turn off the heat and leave the nuts and seeds to cool.
  3. Measure the rest of the grains and seeds (oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, flax seed meal, and psyllium powder) into a mixing bowl. Add the salt and toasted nut & seed mix. Stir together until the psyllium powder and flax seed meal are evenly distributed.
  4. Add olive oil, maple syrup, and water into your grain and seed blend. Stir together until thoroughly combined with no dry spots.
  5. Pour the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Cover and set aside to rest for at least 2 hours. This will give the flax, chia seeds, and psyllium seed powder time to absorb the liquid ingredients.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Bake your bread for 30 minutes on the middle rack. At this point, your bread will hold together but you're not done baking. Lift the loaf out of the pan by the parchment paper. Place the loaf directly on the rack and bake for an additional 45 min - 1 hour. Your bread is done when the top is golden and it sounds kind of hollow when you tap the top.
  7. Allow your bread to cool completely before slicing. It will keep for several days covered on the counter in a cool, dry kitchen and lasts a bit longer in the refrigerator.
  1. Strawberry Hibiscus Powder & Yogurt
  2. Crush the freeze-dried strawberries, hibiscus flowers, and corn starch with a mortar and pestle, blender, or food processor until they form a fine powder. Pour into a small, airtight container like an empty spice jar to keep it fresh until ready to use. The corn starch will absorb moisture and help to keep your powder from clumping.
  3. To assemble your Granola Toasts, thinly slice and toast slices of Granola Bread. Spread a thick layer of yogurt on each slice. (Swirl a little honey into your yogurt, if you want a little extra sweetness.) Top with slices of strawberry and a generous sprinkle of Strawberry Hibiscus Powder.
  4. Imagine the feeling of freshly mowed grass on your bare feet as you nibble your toast.

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