Did you know that the word parfait means perfect in French?  Keeping that in mind, it seems perfect to add whole grains and fruit to yogurt to create a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack!  Think of it as perfecting yogurt’s already considerable health benefits!

When the fat and calories are low, it can be a healthful choice at fast-food restaurants and coffeehouses.  But I like to make my own, don’t you?

Even in the summertime I like the taste of apple and spice.  I know it’s usually something for the autumn, but this cool spicy granola will leave you with energy to get through a busy work day.  If you are a granola lover, give this recipe a try.  I think you’ll like it!

Apple-Cinnamon parfait

Makes 6 servings

2 Tbs. unsalted butter

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2″ chunks

2 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

4 containers (6 oz. each) Chobani 0% apple-cinnamon yogurt

1 cup cinnamon-raisin granola (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in diced apples, Splenda brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cook 8-10 minutes, until slightly tender, stirring periodically.  Cool apples and store in an airtight container until using.
  • To assemble parfait, layer a scant 1/4 cup yogurt in the bottom of a cup or glass.  Sprinkle 2 Tbs. of granola on top, followed by 3 Tbs. of cooked apples.  Repeat layering.  Serve

Make sure you assemble the parfait just before serving so your granola will stay crunchy.

Per serving:  239 calories, 6g fat, 2 g sat fat, 11 g protein, 36 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 59 mg sodium, 10 mg cholesterol

The ingredients can be prepped on the weekend so assembly on a weekday morning is quick and effortless!  If you need a great breakfast or snack with carbohydrates that keep your brain from experiencing fog – here’s your solution! 

Fix-ahead recipes save a lot of time on a hectic weekday!  🙂