BECAUSE EVERYBODY LOVES PARFAITS
I am a true fiend for parfaits. It’s a real wonder I don’t have a simple parfait recipe on the blog already. Who am I?? Well I’m fixing it immediately with this recipe. Just yogurt layered with fun and yummy granola, and some berries. Of course it’s not just that simple, but it’s simple enough to be a staple in our little kitchen.
My mom used to make this fantastic dessert for us when we were little kids. She’d layer packaged pretzels at the bottom of a baking dish, and then layer over the pretzels with fresh sliced strawberries. Then she’d smear a strawberry cream cheese layer over the strawberries, and she’d repeat that until the it was like a strawberry cream cheese pretzel lasagna. Then she’d refrigerate it, all the while we’d squirm in anticipation. And 4 or so hours later we’d be able to dig in. It was my absolute favorite dessert, and she only made it every once in awhile. Well this parfait reminds me A LOT of that family treat. ANd if you got the newsletter, you’d know that the pretzels in this parfait aren’t in fact store-bought pretzels, but a pretzel-flavored granola made mostly from almond flour. Yess! So yum! And it feels as nostalgic as eating crumbled pretzels and sliced strawberries. 🙂
I want to share a couple of my favorite dairy yogurts, and then a couple of my favorite non-dairy yogurts. Again I alternate between the two depending on the mood of my body, and I’m offering both categories to emphasize that they all taste equally sensational.
MY FAVORITE DAIRY YOGURTS:
- Fage 0% Greek-Style Strained Yogurt- Won my heart since day 1!
- Cabot Creamery Greek-Style Yogurt 10 % fat– You can taste the richness of this yogurt on your tongue. It will definitely be the star of anything you add it to. Fantabulous in a parfait where it’s meant to shine!
MY FAVORITE NON-DAIRY YOGURTS:
- So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt UNSWEETENED-love the texture and the hint of coconut is definitely there and super pleasant I’ve noticed that the textures varies from plain to unsweetened. Unsweetened is much smoother.
- WholeSoy & Co. Yogurt- This is a fantabulous yogurt, I could eat it all on it’s own. But I guess same goes for the Coconut Yogurt above… 🙂
And not to throw any product under the bus, but The Nonfat Greek Gods Greek Yogurt is one I STAY AWAY FROM because when I serve it, it’s so watery and lumpy that I almost need to put it in a blender and zap it for a few times before I can put a spoon in it an enjoy. OTher than that big issue, the flavor is fine.
Now let me tell you more about my Cacao/Cocoa Drizzle obsession!
My Cocoa (or Cacao) Coconut Drizzle is one for the books! Super proud of this concoction. It’s just cocoa or cacao powder mixed with melted unrefined coconut oil and a little agave. Drizzles like melted chocolate and hardens when it hits something cold just like it too. It creates the most amazing chocolate shell I’ve ever been able to make. Like have you ever had the misfortune of making your chocolate ganache too thick? It’s a real nightmare. The chocolate can get cakey if the cream to melted chocolate ratio isn’t correct. Making it this way relies on the basic characteristic of coconut oil. If it’s hot, it drizzles. If it’s cold it’s rock solid. Plus coconut tastes fantastic with cocoa, so I really am obsessed with this raw cacao coconut ganache! And I hope you make it.