16 October 2016

Pear-Pomegranate Parfait

It's been a little over two years since I've visited Iceland and the moment I left I never stopped wanting to go back. From the otherworldly landscapes to the tasty food, I just couldn't get enough! 
One of the foods I did try while I was in Iceland was a cultured dairy product called Skyr (skeer). It has a similar texture to greek yogurt except it has very little to no fat and has a slightly milder flavour. Like yogurt, Skyr comes in a variety of flavours and can be consumed in the same way yogurt is. 
I've never seen or heard of Skyr before I visited Iceland, but now I see it popping up in local grocery stores everywhere. So, I thought I'd share a simple parfait recipe that I've been enjoying lately. 
In this recipe, I use plain Skyr because I like to control what I sweeten it with and how much I sweeten it. Because the Skyr is high in protein and low in fat, I like to add other elements to this parfait to make it a more wholesome and nutritious breakfast. I layered the Skyr with Chia Pudding, which is high in fibre so it will keep your belly feel full all morning. I also like to add some healthy fats, which also keep you feeling full, so I added some walnuts and coconut chips to the mix. They also give a lovely crunchy texture. And then, of course, you need to add some sort of fruit to a parfait. So, I chose to use predominantly pears and pomegranate. And then for a little added sweetness and tartness I threw in some dried cranberries. 

Orange Scented Chia Pudding
(Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • zest of one orange 
  • pinch of sea salt

Chia Pudding is best made overnight or a few hours in advance, so the chia seeds could really soak up all the almond milk and plump up real nice.
To make this Chia Pudding is super simple. Add the chia seeds to a medium to large sized container. Then add the almond milk, orange zest and sea salt. Stir it up, put the lid on and store it in the fridge overnight, so it's ready to use in the morning. 

*You can add a sweetener such as maple syrup or honey to this, but I normally like to keep it unsweetened and then sweeten if I need to afterwards. 

  • Maple Roasted Walnuts (or you can use raw walnuts)
  • Coconut chips
  • Pomegranate arils 
  • Pears
  • Dried cranberries

You can make these parfaits as fancy or as casual as you please. 
Add a hefty amount of Skyr to a bowl, followed by some chia pudding and then top with as much or as little of your desired toppings. 
To add another element of sweetness, you can drizzle a little maple syrup or honey to your liking. 

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