Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chocolate Banana Parfaits



May's Recipe Redux Theme is all about May's Showers. Not the rain kind, but the wedding and baby kind. I (Britney) recently threw a baby shower for a friend and we had all sorts of sweet goodies for people to eat, and a couple of healthy ones too. Sometimes I'm nervous about giving all my healthy goodies to my friends, you know? What if they think that you need sugary cookies/cake/candy buffets to make a party a party? I must admit that I sometimes worry about what they would think. But there really are plenty of delicious, healthy options out there.

Today's treat is definitely a treat, but it is a healthy treat. (I promise!) Chocolate doesn't have to be high in fat. The chocolate granola helps you eat some whole grains, the chocolate yogurt is flavored with cocoa and honey and has the tangy taste of wholesome yogurt, and then you add bananas. And aren't chocolate and bananas just made for each other?

All of your friends should love this treat.

As usual, check out some of the other delicious shower foods shared by our other Recipe Redux partners. They always come up with some great ideas!

Ingredients

Granola
1 C unsweetened flaked coconut
3 C old-fashioned oats
4 T cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C honey
1/2 C coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
* Optional you could add 1 T. peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter variation.The granola would be great to eat alone too. :)

Yogurt
2 C plain yogurt or greek (you could also use vanilla and leave out honey and vanilla extract)
2 T honey
1 T cocoa
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
and sliced bananas (fresh berries would be a delicious substitution!)
*You could garnish with chopped almonds, whipping cream, and or chocolate chips
 
Directions

1. Start with the granola. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together coconut and oats in a bowl.

2. Add cocoa, salt, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla to a sauce pan. Heat, stirring, until just combined. Take off heat and pour over oat mixture. Stir until all combined.

3. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Pour over granola in a thin layer. Bake for 30 minutes. You could stir once during the baking.

4. Mix together yogurt ingredients.

5. Layer the ingredients in a glass just before serving.


14 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm a fan of your recipe and I haven't even made it yet. Homemade granola makes me very happy ... and layered with your enhanced yogurt, makes me even happier :)

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    1. Thank You! It is really a treat I enjoy too.

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  2. this would be great for any day :)

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    1. Thank You so much! I agree with you.

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  3. I've been making a similar chocolate granola (with peanut butter in it too) but never have done a parfait with it - so making this!

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    1. That is awesome. I really liked the chocolate granola it was a nice change.

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  4. I definitely agree that Banana and Chocolate were made for each other :)

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  5. Ummm..who would say no to this!?? I'm going to make the yogurt and the granola just to have around the house...could be deadly! :)

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    1. It has been a really yummmy snack eating the granola plain. :)

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  6. I agree, these would be great for everyday at my house!

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  7. I seriously can't wait to make this. The flavor combo is my favorite and homemade granola is the best

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  8. Sounds delicious and I know my kids would love digging in to this yummy treat!

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  9. I am a big fan of making granola but have never thought of chocolate! Fab idea! My kids will love....and I'll bet any friend I share with will love the "healthy" treat too...but I know what you mean! -Serena

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