Start your morning off right with this pomegranate yogurt parfait with blueberries, granola and nuts. Rich in antioxidants, full of protein and fiber it’s the best breakfast. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
My daughter loves to sit on my lap. When she was 7, she was all legs and it was hard to keep her contained on my lap. My husband tried to steal her onto his lap – it’s bigger he argues. But, she refuses him.
“Why do you like sitting on Mommy’s lap more than mine?” he asks, knowing the answer and smirking at me.
“Mommy’s lap is more squishy and more comfortable,” she replies with a smile.
My husband laughs. I slug my husband.
Usually for breakfast I eat whatever I can find, whatever is left in the refrigerator. I have been making more of an effort to shop for myself and not just the kids. And this Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait with Blueberries is one of my favorites.
What is a parfait?
Parfait in French means “perfect.” It is a frozen custard like dessert. But here in the US, it has a couple other meanings. It can be frozen yogurt or regular yogurt layered with fresh fruit and topped with granola and nuts.
If you are using frozen yogurt or ice cream for your parfait, then it’s safe to call it a dessert. But if you are like me and use yogurt and fruit, then you have a wonderful and nutritious way to start your morning, a light lunch or even a healthier dessert option. This recipe for pomegranate yogurt parfait is the latter healthier option.
What type of fruits can you use in a yogurt parfait?
I personally love to eat parfaits when the weather is warm. And since I live here in San Diego, I can enjoy a yogurt parfait quite a lot! I usually choose whatever fruits are in season. Some of my favorite fruits include peaches, nectarines, kiwis, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
As summer starts to wind down and fall begins, then I can find fresh pomegranates. They make a wonderful addition to the healthy yogurt parfait with its antioxidants and fiber.
Can you make these pomegranate yogurt parfaits gluten free?
There are lots of topping options to give your yogurt parfait crunch. I personally love some crumbled granola and almond slices. There is gluten free granola that you can use to top your parfait.
Or you can omit the granola and just use nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios or macadamia nuts. The beauty of the parfaits is that you can modify it to whatever you have in the kitchen.
What kind of yogurt should I use to make yogurt parfaits?
Persian yogurt is typically on the sour side. Although it is perfect for mast o khiar (yogurt with cucumbers), I do not like to use it in my yogurt parfaits with fruit. Instead, I like to use regular plain Greek yogurt.
I typically do not use the flavored yogurts as they usually add sweeteners to it. I also prefer full fat yogurt, as low fat versions add fillers to them. But you can certainly use any flavored yogurt that you like, if you do not care for plain yogurt. And since I am adding pomegranate concentrate to make pomegranate yogurt, plain works perfectly.
I mix thick Greek yogurt with pomegranate concentrate, then top with blueberries, pomegranate, and low sugar granola. Protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. And the colors make me happy.
I’m ready to battle my day, squishy lap and all.
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tsp pomegranate concentrate
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- 2 TBS crumbled granola
- 2 TBS chopped nuts
- In a bowl, mix together yogurt and pomegranate concentrate.
- Divide yogurt into two small serving bowls.
- Top with fruit, granola and nuts.
- Serve immediately.
Serving Suggestions: To make it gluten-free and low carb, omit the granola and use nuts like almond slivers or pistachios.
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Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 67mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 15g