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PARFAIT MEANS PERFECT

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!  🙂