Sweet Whether you're a jam-on-toast kind of breakfast eater or you like to indulge in an after-dinner treat, these combinations will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar crash.
Honey + slivered almonds + chopped, fresh figs
Apricot + pistachios + cardamom
Strawberries + white chocolate chips
Crushed graham crackers + mini marshmallows + mini chocolate chips
Salty Tangy, plain Greek yogurt is a surprisingly terrific match for salty flavors. Just a pinch of flaky sea salt can give your bowl an intriguing edge and enhance the taste of the other mix-ins.
Sea salt + peanut butter + cacao nibs
Chopped, salted macadamia nuts + cardamom + maple syrup
Cooked sweet potato + salted pecans + chili powder
Cucumber + olive oil + mint + sea salt
Sour At first glance, the tart flavors found in citrus fruits and other acidic foods may not seem like a natural fit for yogurt. Yet the zest from a lemon, or a few shavings of bitter dark chocolate, add an unexpected kick.
Blueberry + lemon zest + chia seeds
Lime zest + kiwifruit
Dark chocolate + raspberries
Cantaloupe + nutmeg
Whether you want to start your day with some zip or need an afternoon pick-me-up, these inventive ideas bring just the right amount of heat to nicely complement the cool and creamy base.
Lately, foodie versions of the foil-wrapped breakfast treats are everywhere, with bakeries selling them stuffed with ingredients that are both familiar (brown sugar and apricot jam) and not so much (jalapeño cream cheese?). Making your own is easy and fun, especially if you follow Alana Chernila's simple recipe. Fill the treats with seasonal jam, such as <a href="http://www.valerieconfections.com/shop/preserves.html" target="_blank">Meyer Lemon Blackberry Marmalade from Valerie Confections</a> or <a href="http://rarebirdpreserves.bigcartel.com/product/cherry-lime-preserves" target="_blank">Cherry Lime Preserves from Rare Bird Preserves</a> (no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavor here); they'll last for up to three weeks.
<strong>Get the recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Toaster-Pastries-Recipe" target="_blank">Toaster Pastries