I’m pretty high maintenance when it comes to dinner or lunch. I always want to try new things, find new recipes, and I hate having the same meal more than two times in a row. I basically have no attention span, get bored very easily, and may even throw a tantrum. I exaggerate. Well, kinda.
But the same isn’t true for breakfast. For some reason, breakfast is the same everyday for years. I mean, there may be some variation (yesterday I had my oatmeal with peanut butter instead of almond butter!), but mostly it’s the same. And it’s mostly a bit mundane. It’s the same for you too, isn’t it?
Is it because it’s too early? Is it because a fancy breakfast is saved only for special occasions? Is it because we’re always running late? Well, whatever it is, that is all about to change with these yogurt parfaits.
No, I know, parfaits are nothing new to a breakfast table. But cook the apples…in some butter…with some spices. Let that seep into thick Greek yogurt sprinkled with crunchy brown sugar. And you basically have apple pie for breakfast. (Or add some berries like the picture above, and it’s equally delicious). It’s lovely, it’s easy, it feels like a special occasion, and most importantly, it’s different.
Apple Pie Yogurt Parfait (adapted from Pioneer Woman)
2 cups Greek yogurt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
Mix together yogurt with cream. Add in vanilla and cinnamon. Spread the yogurt mixture out in a shallow bowl. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar on the surface of the yogurt. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
1 apple, chopped
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. all spice
squeeze of lemon juice
biscotti, graham crackers or nuts
Melt the butter over medium high heat until melted. Add apples and spices and sauté until the apples are fully coated. Squeeze a squirt of lemon on top and keep stirring until apples are fully cooked but still firm, about 3-5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Make parfaits: without mixing in the brown sugar, spoon out the yogurt into cups. Layer with cooked apples and biscotti (or whatever you are using). Keep layering, using 1/2 of the yogurt, and 1/2 of the apples. Eat immediately.