Yogurt Carob Apple Almond Parfait

Yogurt Carob Apple Almond Parfait

I adore making yogurt parfaits! There is something so satisfying about pairing creamy yogurt with fruit and nuts. I like using both organic Greek yogurt and my recipe for orange coconut yogurt in my parfaits. Making it with coconut yogurt is perfect for anyone who can’t or chooses to not eat dairy because they are on a paleo or vegan diet. Here’s the link to my orange coconut yogurt recipe if you want to try it! Today I made this yogurt carob apple almond parfait with Greek yogurt.

 

Organic Greek yogurt has a creamy luxurious texture and rich flavor that makes you believe you are eating something totally decadent. I like enjoying this yogurt plain and in all kinds of different recipes.

 

Organic Greek yogurt or plain coconut yogurt makes a great substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream in salads, salad dressing, dips, and as a base for sauces to infuse these dishes with great tangy flavor and creamy texture. I also like to add a spoonful into soups where its great flavor adds just the right note to take my soups to the next level.

 

Greek yogurt is regular yogurt that has the whey (liquid) strained off. This straining process gives the yogurt more body, less lactose, lower carbohydrates, and higher protein content than regular yogurt. Coconut yogurt can be made with coconut milk or the meat from young Thai coconuts or a combination of both.

 

This easy yogurt carob parfait tastes like a creamy caramel-chocolate pudding. Carob, vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon are blended with the yogurt until smooth. This luscious carob goodness is layered with crisp apple cubes and crunchy slivers of raw almonds for a delightful parfait that will fill your body with healing probiotics, protein, healthy fats, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. All of these fantastic nutrients will help provide you with strength, energy, and immunity.

 

If you are not familiar with carob I would like to introduce you to its wonderful sweet caramel-chocolate taste and good health benefits. Once you try it you will find all kinds of recipes to add it to.

 

Carob

Carob comes from the fruit pod of an evergreen tree. The brown pods from this tree are filled with a sweet brown pulp that can be dried, roasted, and ground into a powder that can be used as a substitute for cacao (cocoa) powder. Carob powder comes in both raw and roasted versions. Foods Alive has a raw version and Chatfields’s does a roasted version. I have used both and they have great flavor.

Carob is a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, protein, vitamin A, B vitamins, and fiber. Carob doesn’t contain theobromine like chocolate so it is stimulant-free.

 

Apples

Apples contain a vast array of antioxidants, polyphenols, and phytonutrients including quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol, which help protect the body against cancer, fat oxidation, and inflammation. Purchase organic apples to avoid pesticides and waxes that are used on conventionally grown apples.

 

Almonds

Raw almonds add additional antioxidants, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium along with healthy monounsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol.

 

Enjoy this yogurt carob apple almond parfait as an easy breakfast or satisfying snack.

 

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Yogurt Carob Apple Almond Parfait
Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan

Serves 2

1 large organic red apple
2 teaspoons of fresh orange or lemon juice
1 cup organic plain Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield Organic Oikos brand) or substitute with coconut yogurt for paleo or vegan version
3 tablespoons carob powder
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup or 1-2 drops of liquid stevia
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup thinly sliced raw almonds

1. Rinse apple, pat dry, cut into small cubes, and toss with fresh orange or lemon juice to prevent browning. Set apples aside while you make the carob yogurt.

2. Place organic milk yogurt or coconut yogurt, carob powder, maple syrup or stevia, cinnamon, and vanilla in a blender or small bowl and blend until well combined and smooth.

3. Place half of the apples in the bottom of two parfait or wide mouth glasses and top with half the yogurt and almonds. Repeat the process until you almost reach the very top of each glass. Finish topping each parfait with the rest of the almonds and enjoy immediately.

 
This recipe was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Whole Food Wednesdays, and Fat Tuesday.

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Comments

  1. Aloha …. what a delicious and healthy dessert. I enjoyed your post and I appreciate all the natural ingredients. I think if people revert back to the natural foods our body, health and mind would be much better than substituting so many synthetic substance to get well.

    I’m glad I came by and thanks for sharing! Lani 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Lani, I totally agree with you about eating more natural foods they really help rejuvenate and heal your body and mind and improve your health for the better. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh my, so many of your recipes ‘look’ pretty, but this one actually made my mouth water! Definitely going to give this one a try. Thanks!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Marquita, I love hearing that my recipe makes your mouth water. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the parfait, I certainly did!

  3. Loving this recipe. I am an organic gal and this looks like something I would take a crack at. Awesome and thank you so much for always sharing your information.
    Donna
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Donna I’m so glad you love the recipe. We are both organic girls for sure and this recipe is so easy to make and it really satisfies and fills your body with lots of key nutrients. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Once again this sounds yummy and looks very good!! I am avoiding dairy right now so I will see if I can find some of the coconut milk yogurt you speak of… I have found an almond yogurt, it isn’t too bad tasting. ( might that work?)
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Holly, It’s one of my favorites. You can certainly use almond yogurt if you are not eating dairy and it should work out fine. Just try to find one that is unsweetened or made with a natural sweetener. If it is made with a natural sweetener you can leave out the maple syrup. My new cookbook that is coming out in a few months has a recipe to make your own coconut yogurt. Maybe I should share it on the blog.

  5. Yum! This looks really good! I go vegan whenever I can, and there’s a vegan yogurt with the probiotics on the market. I’d like to try that with this recipe. You can also use tofu, but that would delete the probiotics. It would make the consistency, though. I love carob, too. Can’t easily find the raw version, though. I’ve only seen it in California when I visited.

    Keep going with your recipes — I’m hooked : )
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Pastor Sherry, This recipe should taste great with your vegan yogurt. You can get the raw carob online from Foods Alive. I’m so glad your hooked on my recipes it brings joy to my heart! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, that looks delicious! I recently bought a Vitamix blender in order add more raw fruits and vegetables in my diet. This looks like a perfect new recipe to try out! I love your blog and look forward to learning more delicious and healthy recipes.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Steve, Congratulations on your new Vitamix blender it will change your life! I use my Blendtec blender everyday and it’s fantastic. I hope you enjoy the parfait, it’s one of my favorites.

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