Lets talk Parfaits, they typically get a bad rap for being overly sweet and filled with sugar due to the amount of sugar in the yogurt and the granola that makes up a typical parfait.
These bad boys have MINIMAL sugar and are made with wholesome, good for you ingredients that are going to keep you full for longer because of their slow releasing energy sources from the carbs ( quinoa) protein ( yogurt) and fat ( coconut butter and yogurt!)
When going for a breakfast option remember the most important rule, you want something that is going to satisfy you and keep you full, thats what a combination of C/P/F does for your body!
This parfait is slightly different than most. I wanted to make something that had a slightly sweet note but that also had a crunch without using granola. This is where quinoa comes into play. In my opinion it is a super overused grain in the savory world and an underused one in the sweet category. Quinoa, with its neutral bland taste is the perfect base to doctor up into something worthy of a sweet breakfast!
Layers of cinnamon quinoa mixed with a slightly sweet yogurt from a drizzle of honey and topped with sautéed apples with coconut oil make for the BEST fall breakfast option!
1 cup of Quinoa cooked and cooled
1 small container of 0% or 2% Green yogurt ( plain)
1 tablespoon of honey ( local is always best)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil ( you can always use butter if you don’t have coconut oil, I just like the taste!)
1 small apple sliced and diced ( red or green works!)
1. Make the quinoa by bringing 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium and cover for 15 minutes. Take off of the heat and let sit for five minutes before fluffing with a fork.
2. Once cooled, take 1 cup of the quinoa ( the rest can be for dinners/lunches) and mix in 1/2 a tablespoon of honey and 1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon.
3. While that sits, take your diced apples and your oil and sauté on medium heat in a pan until soft and tender. Mix in the rest of the cinnamon.
4. With your yogurt, mix in the remaining honey.
5. In two glass jars begin assembling. First a layer of quinoa, 2 spoonfuls, then a layer of yogurt 1 spoonful, then a layer of apples. Repeat one more time and top with remaining apples.
These keep for a week in the fridge!