Does it matter what type of oats used for the granola?
Yes! Make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats. Do not use quick cooking or instant oats because they will not retain a sturdy and crunchy granola tart structure after combined with other liquid ingredients. Quick cooking oats have been milled down and coarsely chopped while instant oats are more powdery. As you can imagine the granola will become more mushy and harder to handle.
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, , Quaker
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey: Maple syrup or agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
2 cups greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
4 cups mixed fruit, for topping, (figs, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples)
- Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
- Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, melted oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly coated.
- Press about 3 tablespoons of the mixture into 8 greased mini tart pans. Use the back of an oiled spoon to help press the granola evenly across the pan and up the sides.
- Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden.
- Immediately after removing the tart shells from the oven, use the back of the spoon to press down the centers of the crust to create more of an indentation, and push up the sides. The shell puffs up in the oven, so it helps to reshape the crust after it bakes while still hot.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan before removing.
- Use a small knife to gently release the sides of the crust, working around each side, then very carefully remove it from the pan, turning over if needed into your hand. The crust should be crisp on the sides and hold together, but will be delicate.
- Fill each tart with 3 to 4 tablespoons yogurt, smooth out evenly.
- Arrange the fruit on top and serve immediately. The crust will become a little soggy if left to sit for too long.
2) You can make this tart in a large 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. You may need up to 3 cups yogurt for the larger size. Use a thick Greek-style yogurt, or strained yogurt to make serving easier.
3) You can use any flavor yogurt you like. Add honey, maple syrup or vanilla to sweeten up plain yogurt if desired.
4) Butter can be substituted for coconut oil.
4) Pistachios, peanuts or almonds can be substituted for walnuts.