Un yaourt parfait, s’il vous plaît!
One yogurt parfait, please!
Parfait means perfect in French.
One bowl of this perfection can give you probiotics, calcium, protein, fiber, complex carbs, immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals unique to each fruit—just to name a few of the benefits this power-packed meal has to offer.
It is so easy to make, and with endless combinations of fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, and syrups, you can make yourself a complete, perfectly-healthy, well-balanced snack, rich in complex carbs, protein, good fats, and nutrients, in under 5 minutes.
I was inspired to make today’s yogurt parfait because kiwi is in season here. I had pomegranate lying around so I thought, why not throw them in together! Instead of granola, I chose to use sesame seeds, dry coconut, and a little bit of brown sugar.
I used Greek yogurt because I happened to have it, but just in case you don’t have it handy, then a simple alternative to Greek yogurt is to take 1 cup of regular yogurt, place it in a muslin cloth or a cheesecloth, tie the cloth at the top, place it in a filter or a strainer over an empty bowl that will collect the whey for at least 15 minutes. You can leave it in longer if you want all the whey to drain out. I then refrigerate the yogurt in the same straining contraption for at least 10-15 minutes, longer is even better.
This parfait bowl will give you a unique tart flavor from the yogurt, kiwi, and pomegranate, and two types of sweetness from the brown sugar and honey.
½ cup Greek yogurt (or the alternative)
1 kiwi (firm, not overly-ripe)
½ a pomegranate
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp desiccated coconut
½ tsp brown sugar
Lightly toast the sesame seeds and desiccated coconut, and set them aside to cool. You can toast larger batches of this mix and keep it handy. Once this mix has completely cooled, toss in the brown sugar.
Peel and dice the kiwi into quarters. Deseed the pomegranate.
Now, all that’s left to do is assemble everything by topping the yogurt with the fruits, the sesame, coconut, and brown sugar mix, and honey.
This dish tastes best when every ingredient is chilled.