Yogurt, Honey and Walnuts – Beautiful Breakfast Simplicity

Greek yogurt, honey and walnuts

When the days are summering, I want simple food.

I’m too lazy to cook much, craving effortless nourishing meals. My latest breakfast habit has those qualities, plus is so delicious I can’t wait to get downstairs and eat breakfast, which is unusual for me –  I usually have to wait til later in the morning to really be hungry for my first meal of the day.

This bowl of goodness is so quick and easy to throw together and keeps me filled for many hours. (Plus it satisfies my morning sweet tooth!)

Greek yogurt is high in protein, walnuts are full of healthy omega-3 fats and other nutrients, and honey is a good-for-you natural sweetener. And they taste so great together!

Eat it with some fresh berries or summer fruits and you have a wonderful Mediterranean-style breakfast. Use regular runny honey, or any special honey you’ve been squirreling away. I’ve been using the wonderful honey we brought back from Croatia last year – we picked up two jars of mandarina honey (the bees fed on the blossoms of their mandarin orange trees) at a farm-side fruit stand from a lovely woman who told us this honey wasn’t available every year, because if the heavy rains came during blossom time, the flowers were damaged and the bees couldn’t get enough sweet nectar to make this ambrosial honey. Oh . . . . drizzled over my yogurt – it is orange blossom sweet heaven.

I’ve also tried my yogurt with manuka honey, and though the taste of it is stronger – it’s still mmm…mmm…mmmm.

There’s really no recipe, just combine the 3 ingredients to your own taste.

Kitchen Frau Notes: Greek yogurt has an added richness and creaminess that regular yogurt doesn’t, though if that’s all you have, just use some natural, unflavoured regular yogurt. Greek yogurt comes in levels of fat content from 0% to 10%, so choose whichever one you like – even the 0% is very creamy.

Toasting the walnuts is an extra step, but worth it for the depth of flavour it brings to the dish. I usually toast a larger amount of nuts and keep them in a sealed jar in the pantry for a few weeks (if they last that long). Buy the freshest walnuts you can, and store them in the freezer until you toast them. There is nothing to turn you off walnuts more, than the bitterness of old or rancid nuts.

toasted walnuts in a jar

And if walnuts are not your thing, this would be very good with toasted pecans, too.

yogurt, honey and walnuts

Greek Yogurt, Toasted Walnuts and Honey

  • several large spoonfuls Greek yogurt
  • a good drizzle of any flavourful honey
  • a small handful toasted walnuts*

*To toast the walnuts: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread a few handfuls fresh walnut halves or pieces in a single layer in a baking pan. Toast in the oven for 10 to 15  minutes, until some of the nuts are just starting to turn golden and you can smell their rich nutty aroma. Let cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to several weeks.

roasted walnuts

Plop a few large spoonfuls greek yogurt into a pretty bowl. Drizzle with honey to taste.

pouring the honey on the greek yogurt

Break up toasted and cooled walnut halves into smaller pieces, and sprinkle a good handful over the yogurt.

greek yogurt, toasted walnuts and honey

Serves 1

Guten Appetit!

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10 Responses to Yogurt, Honey and Walnuts – Beautiful Breakfast Simplicity

  1. Kay Golden says:

    Just thoroughly enjoy reading your food adventures!
    I really like the breakfast ideas! Yes, the yogurt with honey is yummers!
    I will have to try toasting the nuts. The pumpkin granola would be very tasty sprinkled on the yogurt. Thanks for the trip to Gourmet Land!

    • Margaret says:

      And thank you so much for visiting my ‘Gourmet Land’ – it’s so much more fun here with friends to share with! I love the pumpkin granola idea – I’ll definitely have to try that. I still have one lonely pumpkin in the basement from last year’s crop that I have to do something with soon, so I need to make another batch of the granola. Your comments made me smile – thank you.

  2. Baby Kato says:

    The freshly toasted walnut, the thick tangy Greek yogurt and the sweet wildflower honey, makes for one of the best taste treats of all time. I enjoyed this chilled for lunch with a toasted croissant and some strawberries. If I close my eyes I can still taste the wonderful flavor and textures. It was so good. Thank you so much for sharing yet another great recipe. 5 easy stars from me.

    • Margaret says:

      Croissant and strawberries! Yes, that would make my favourite breakfast taste even better. You’ve made me want to have a meal of that right now. There’s something so wonderful about simple, natural ingredients at their peak, isn’t there?

      • Baby Kato says:

        Yes, there certainly is something to be said for simple, good quality ingredients. The taste is the Truth.

        Margaret, I must say I am enjoying your recipes tremendously. Thank you so much for sharing. <3

  3. Marie Vanderwijk says:

    I too enjoy seeing and trying your yummy healthy recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  4. C G says:

    This is my favorite breakfast/snack of all! I eat Nancy’s brand whole milk yogurt, nuts and honey several times a week. On most occasions the nuts are left raw (depends on which type they are). If there aren’t any walnuts on hand I have substituted almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc. Delicious, healthy, and quick to prepare! What’s not to love?! Made for Best of 2015. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Margaret says:

      You are so right – any nuts work, really. There’s something so good about that balance of tangy yogurt, sweet honey, and crunchy nuts, isn’t there? I crave it often. Thanks for stopping by 😊!

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