Yogurt Parfaits with Berries, Granola and Cocoa Nibs

by Sally on June 14, 2012 · 3 comments

in Breakfast, The Daniel Plan

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 Yogurt, Bob’s Red Mill, Wholesome 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.

Yogurt Parfaits with Berries, Granola and Cocoa Nibs

These yogurt parfaits are tantalizing for the eyes and healthy for breakfast or afternoon snack. Layer your favorite yogurt, berries, granola and cocoa nibs for a taste of healthy dark chocolate. They taste more like dessert than breakfast. Build them in jars with lids to make them transportable.

Serves 4 (scales up or down easily)

Ingredients

  • 4 –  6 ounce (170 grams) containers vanilla or honey yogurt (we use Chobani or Stonyfield Organic)
  • 6 ounce (170 gram) container fresh raspberries
  • 6 ounces (170 gram) container fresh blackberries
  • 1 dozen fresh strawberries
  • 6-8 tablespoons granola
  • 4 tablespoons coco nibs (we use Theo Chocolate)

 Directions

  1. Right before using, rinse berries gently in cold water and drain on paper towels. For strawberries, cut off the tops and quarter them.
  2. Using 4 – 16 ounce/1 pint (473 ml) canning jars, layer yogurt, berries, granola and cocoa nibs. If you are transporting them, use the lids to secure the parfaits.

Helpful Links:

Chobani Yogurt, marvelous, creamy Greek yogurt. Another recipe using Chobani, Hollandaise made with yogurt. Much lower fat then traditional Hollandaise.

Stonyfield Organic, another great brand of Greek yogurt

 Theo Chocolate, the artful makers of bean-to-bar, organic, sustainably grown, fair trade chocolate.

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