These super easy coconut yogurt breakfast bowls are the perfect healthy start to your day!
As our family tries to include more and more vegan/plant-based meals in our home, I am always on the lookout for new products and recipes to try out or create.
And these coconut yogurt breakfast bowls fit the bill.
While admittedly not the most complex recipe out there, choosing the right mix of ingredients to include in any meal can make it either a hit or miss situation.
The first time I tried a coconut-based vegan yogurt, I’ll admit, I bought it on a whim since my local store was selling it for a mere 0.25$ since they had so many left in stock.
It didn’t exactly turn out to be my favorite thing, but then again, I bought plain flavored yogurt and tried it straight from the tub with zero sweetener or toppings.
So this time around, I was more prepared; I grabbed myself some delicious fruit and toppings and found a breakfast bowl that I really enjoyed.
In fact, I just had some for breakfast this morning because once I find a yummy recipe that I enjoy, I tend to make it on repeat.
So I headed off to my local bulk bin store and grabbed some ingredients I was a little short on and some I had actually never personally tried before (hint – raw cacao nibs)
Vegan Yogurt Parfait Ingredients
- Vegan yogurt of choice (I am using a plain coconut-based yogurt from Liberté)
- Raspberries (or berry of choice)
- Unsweetened dry coconut (I used 2 kinds)
- Granola (mine is maple-flavored)
- Raw cacao nibs
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Maple syrup
So this can really be done as you like, but I layered banana slices on the bottom of my bowl.
I coated the banana with my yogurt and then decorated it to my heart’s content.
I added more banana slices, fresh raspberries, maple granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, and raw cacao nibs with some delicious Canadian maple syrup for my breakfast bowl.
For my lunch bowl, it was the same, except I added in some roasted pumpkin seeds and my second type of large coconut strips.
Depending on where you fall on the vegan honey topic, if you use honey in your meals, it’s an excellent substitute for maple syrup if you want some variety in your yogurt parfaits.
Liquid stevia is also a great option if you like the flavor.
You can also use any nut butter that you love and drizzle some of that on top.
Get creative; there are so many fancy kinds of granola, which is why I love bulk bin stores.
Bulk stores allow you to buy in small quantities and try out different flavors and types without committing to an entire box.
Add in some chia seeds, various seeds, or some dried fruit.
Use whatever fruits you prefer and see which toppings go well together based on your changes.
I like the combination I made, but I’ll try it next with the honey.
If you are not a fan of coconut, there are different dairy-free yogurt alternatives, such as cashew, almond, or oat.
If you need some help choosing the best option, this article has a nice review of the 10 best dairy-free yogurt brands.
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Raw Cacao Nibs
Ok, so I’ve heard and read about raw cacao nibs in the past and never bothered to try them until now. So what are raw cacao nibs?
Basically, it’s crushed cacao beans that you buy in small pieces.
They have a lot of great nutritional content that you can read up on here.
When I first tasted a piece, my first impression was, “Why, why am I eating this?”.
It was confusing because it’s not really sweet and has a slightly bitter taste, so why bother?
Although I was confused, I still added them to my parfait, and I am glad that I did.
Besides the crunch factor that I enjoyed, mixed with the elements, it brought something extra to my breakfast.
What started as a not-so-sweet/bitter topper complemented the overall flavor and texture.
VEGAN YOGURT PARFAIT
- 1 ≈ 18 oz Yogurt (coconut dairy-free alternative) or alternative of choice Such as Chobani Non-Dairy Coconut Yugurt
- 1.5 cups Fresh raspberry
- 2 Bananas
- 1/4 cup Raw cacao nibs
- 1/3 cup Unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup Granola (flavor of choice)
- 1/4 cup Roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
- 1/4 cup Roasted coconut slices
- 1/3 cup Maple syrup
- Layer banana slices at the bottom of your bowl.
- Cover with your yogurt alternative
- Garnish to your heart delight, add in your berries, extra banana, coconut, granola, pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
- Drizzle with as much maple syrup as you need.