Chocolate Parfait the Healthy Way!

December 30, 2011 at 8:45 am 15 comments

I enjoyed my chocolate “bruffins” (brownie-muffin) so much that I whipped  up another batch just a few days later. I froze half the bruffins in order to have a few on hand when I need a quick snack or when I am on-the-go. There’s nothing like having nutritious options on hand when my snack cravings hit!

I woke up a few days ago wanting something healthy, protein-packed but a little sweet as well. I thought I’d try a speedy breakfast parfait, which completely hit the spot – fruit sweetened strawberry jam and cubed chocolate brownie-muffins layered between creamy and thick greek yogurt. For a vegan and dairy-free option, substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut milk or soy yogurt with equally scrumptious results.

If you don’t have a batch of my chocolate bruffins on hand, (you should go bake some or) feel free to sub your favorite muffin (my cherry walnut oat muffins would work well) or leftover holiday quick bread in this recipe, it’s adaptable!

Enjoy this parfait as a hearty breakfast, an easy snack or a after dinner treat…I’ll let you choose :)

Easy Layered Chocolate Parfait

2 mini chocolate bruffins or 1 regular size bruffin, cubed (can sub your favorite muffin or quick bread if desired)
2 tsp fruit sweetened jam or jelly (I used strawberry)
6 oz plain Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt for vegan (coconut or soy)

mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings for serving OR chopped nuts, optional

Directions

1. In a half pint jar, mini trifle dish or glass, layer ingredients starting with the 1/2 of the yogurt, top with 1/2 of the bruffin/muffin, and 1 tsp of jam/jelly. Repeat with remaining ingredients, top with chocolate chips or nuts if desired and enjoy!

Serves 1

*If you prefer a more flavored yogurt, add in a shake of ground cinnamon or a dash of vanilla extract. I prefer the tart tang of plain yogurt, but if  this isn’t your thing, lightly drizzle with honey, agave or other sweetener for a sweeter base.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cara  |  December 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Oh, the bruffins are making a come back! I just might have to make myself a batch…

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  December 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

      I guess I loved them too much to just keep them to one post :) hehe

      Reply
  • 3. Sharon nowak  |  December 30, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Nora, I love your posts! I make many of your recipes and all are great!! I’m not much of a cook, but whatever I do cook is because of your inspiration! Stay warm!

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    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  December 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

      You just made my day Sharon! What a great compliment, thank you so much!!! :) I am glad you have enjoyed the recipes you’ve tried, that is music to my ears!

      Reply
  • 5. Paulina  |  December 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    WOW! That looks amazing! I am totally making this with So Delicious Greek Coconut Milk Yogurt! I love strawberry jam and chocolate! Such a great idea!!!!

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    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  December 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Paulina :) I love the chocolate and strawberry combo too – and with So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, you will have a nice treat, meal or snack to munch on! I hope you enjoy!

      Reply
  • 7. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  December 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, this looks good. I could definitely go for one of those for breakfast tomorrow! Too bad I don’t have any “bruffins” ready.

    I’ll have to think of something…

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    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  December 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Sonia! :) I bet one of your healthy oatmeal cookies crumbled up would also be quite tasty! Which reminds me…I need to post my version!

      Reply
      • 9. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  January 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        What a fantastic idea. I hadn’t even thought of that. Hmmmm, wait until I make a new batch. My morning smoothie will be getting a sudden kick! :)

      • 10. naturalnoshing  |  January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        I like to play with my food :) oatmeal cookies and one of your rockin’ smoothies — yummm!

  • 11. Kathy  |  December 31, 2011 at 1:00 am

    This is genius! Muffins + yogurt = awesome breakfast choice (I was tempted to say mind blown, but that’s childish, hehe :)
    I must try this next time I make a batch of something baked!

    http://milk-and-tea.blogspot.com

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    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  December 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Kathy! I totally accept “mind blown”, I got a good laugh at that :)

      Reply
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  • 14. cravingsgoneclean  |  January 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    You’re right, we do eat similarly! This is right up my alley. I’m going to have to give your bruffins a try soon :)

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    • 15. naturalnoshing  |  January 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thanks for stopping by! :) I’d love to hear how you like them if you give the bruffins a try :)

      Reply

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