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Yogurt Parfaits with Berries and Cocoa Nibs

By Sally on June 14, 2012

breakfast, the daniel plan,

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For a healthy breakfast that tastes more like dessert, layer Greek yogurt with fresh berries and granola to create colorful parfaits. For added crunch and a surprising hint of healthy dark chocolate, sprinkle in roasted cocoa nibs.  The taste is terrific.

Seattle – The Emerald City

We’ve just returned from a trip to Seattle and the BlogHer Food conference. We spent two wonderful days growing our writing, storytelling, and food photography skills, and connecting with some of the best people in the world of food blogging.

An extra benefit, meeting the sponsors and real people behind brands I love like Chobani YogurtBob’s Red MillWholesome Sweeteners and Lundberg Rice.

Pike Place Market and Theo Chocolate

We arrived in the Emerald City a few days early to explore. On our pre-conference list was Pike Place farmers market and a tour at Theo Chocolate. Being a fan of their organic chocolate, when I realized Theo was based in Seattle we had to go.

The tour educated us as to how chocolate goes from pods to finished product. Of course, tastings of their amazing chocolate was included. We purchased specialty bars and a tin of their cocoa nibs to bring home. If you get to Seattle, be sure to go to Theo.

If you’ve never tried cocoa nibs, they are chunky bits of unrefined cacao beans that have been separated from their shell and roasted. Nibs are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and are a great source of antioxidants. What they are not is sweet, but they pack a delightful crunch and unsweetened dark chocolate flavor.

A Seattle landmark, Pike Place market is heaven for anyone who loves to eat or cook. We actually went three times during the trip! It’s packed with purveyors of amazing fresh seafood piled on mountains of glistening ice, gorgeous produce, cheeses, artisinal pasta, flowers, olive oils, restaurants and more. Truly sensory and cooking inspiration overload.

Chobani Yogurt Parfaits

The first morning  of the conference we headed straight for the Chobani yogurt table to start breakfast. It’s one of our favorite Greek yogurt brands.

Chobani was offering build-your-own parfaits in glass jars with their fantastic, creamy yogurt, fresh berries, granola and surprise…a tin of the Theo chocolate cocas nibs. Perfect! We enjoyed these yogurt parfaits two mornings in a row and knew I had to make them at home, especially with a tin of cocoa nibs stashed in my suitcase.

Creating these healthy yogurt parfaits is simple. Layer Greek yogurt (like Chobani), fresh berries, a little granola and the ultimate addition, Theo Chocolate cocoa nibs.  Make them in canning jars and spin the lid on to make the parfaits transportable. They make a great afternoon snack too.

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Aly | June 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

Glad you got to go on the tour! I love it and their chocolate :)

Val @ Tips on Healthy Living | June 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lovely! It’s my favorite dessert/breakfast/snack. Those jars are too cute — perfect for when you are on the go.

emmycooks | July 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Sally! It was so nice to meet you and Kent in Seattle and now I am having fun digging through your vegetarian archives! I happen to have a tin of those Theo nibs in the cupboard–I think I may be serving these parfaits for breakfast this weekend. Thanks for the reminder! Hope you both are well, take care.

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