For a healthy breakfast that tastes more like dessert, layer Greek yogurt with fresh berries and granola to create colorful Greek yogurt parfaits. For added crunch and a surprising hint of healthy dark chocolate, sprinkle in roasted cocoa nibs. The taste is terrific.
Greek Yogurt Parfaits
We discovered this Greek yogurt parfait idea at a Seattle food conference. The first morning, we headed straight for the yogurt table to start breakfast. Chobani was offering build-your-own parfaits in glass jars with their fantastic, creamy yogurt, fresh berries, granola and surprise…a mini tin of Theo chocolate cocoa nibs. Perfect!
We enjoyed these yogurt parfaits two mornings in a row and knew I had to make them at home.It's almost like dessert for breakfast.
Pike Place Market and Theo Chocolate
We arrived in the Emerald City a few days early for exploration. 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. If you get to Seattle, take the tour!
Pike Place Market
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, artisanal pasta, flowers, olive oils, restaurants and more. Truly sensory and cooking inspiration overload.
What Are Cocoa Nibs?
The Theo 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.
Cocoa nibs 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. They are not sweet, but they pack a delightful crunch and unsweetened dark chocolate flavor.
How to Make Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Creating these healthy yogurt parfaits is simple. Layer Greek yogurt, 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.
Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Berries
- 4 pint glass jars
- 4 5-ounce plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 container fresh raspberries
- 1 container fresh blackberries
- 1 dozen fresh strawberries
- 6-8 tablespoons granola
- 4 tablespoons cocoa nibs
- 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 canning jars, layer yogurt, berries, granola and cocoa nibs. If you are transporting them, use the lids to secure the parfaits.