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. We had a fantastic tour and education about 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’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 our favorite Greek yogurt and what’s you’ll find in our fridge. 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 your favorite Greek yogurt (we use 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
Serves 4 (scales up or down easily)
- 4 – 6 ounce (170 grams) containers vanilla or honey yogurt (we use Chobani)
- 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)
- Right before using, rinse berries gently in cold water and drain on paper towels. For strawberries, cut off the tops and quarter them.
- 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.
Theo Chocolate, the artful makers of bean-to-bar, organic, sustainably grown, fair trade chocolate.
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