This recipe is quick, filling, and packed with protein.
I love making parfaits in glass jars so I can put a few together on a weekend or at night and store them in the fridge for days where I don’t have time to cook. It’s easy to grab in the morning, and can be stored in the refrigerator at the office for a healthy lunch. I love to have a couple of these ready and waiting for me at home after a workout because that is usually when I am starving, and don’t want to deal with cooking.
The combination of decadent flavors will make you feel like you’re cheating, but is packed with super foods.
Apples are a great source of fiber to help keep your tummy feel full, while the complex super grain quinoa is an outstanding source of protein and contains essential amino acids. The walnuts are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and heart healthy Omega-3s, and as if this snack couldn’t get any better, it’s layered with thick, creamy protein-rich Greek yogurt, which is low in carbs and sugar and contains around 15g of protein per cup!
Talk about healthy, right? Not to mention, yummy!
Cinnamon Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait
1 small apple (around 160g) – I used a gala apple
6oz or a single serve cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup cooked chilled quinoa
2 Tbsp walnuts
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Cook quinoa and refrigerate beforehand. I like to make a large batch of quinoa for the week and keep it in the fridge for quick meals.
Chop up the apple into small chunks. Place apple chunks in a microwave safe bowl, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover with saran wrap and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes until apple becomes soft. Stir and set aside.
If you don’t like the tartness of Greek yogurt, you can mix a 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract and natural sweetener such as stevia to give more flavor.
In a glass jar, layer half of the yogurt along the bottom, followed by half of the quinoa, walnuts, and apple mixture. Repeat layers to create a parfait and store in the refrigerator or eat right away.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Whole Grain: quinoa
Protein: Greek yogurt
Plant Based Fat: walnuts
MaryJune 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm (11 years ago)
I found your blog on pinterest, and I was skeptical because I am terrified of rabbits. Haha, I’m positive you think that’s the silliest thing ever.
But honestly, I need a change since I too am a ‘chubby bunny’ (though, I honestly call myself a Chubster McGee); always have been. My nickname in elementary school was ‘Mary Mary Big Fat Cherry’, creative kids there. I am shy of 300 pounds at 5’2″ and I think with this recipe I am going to kick off my weight loss and eating healthy campaign.
Thank you for pushing through and sharing your story and recipes. You look stunning and healthy. You have a reader for life.
CatherineJuly 1, 2012 at 10:32 am (11 years ago)
Hi Mary! No worries, I am afraid of balloons lol we all have our own fears! I am so happy that you found my blog and are inspired to make healthy changes! Health & Happiness xo
VictoriaJuly 7, 2012 at 8:36 am (11 years ago)
I tried this with pear and it was great (was out of apples) Thanks for the recipe. What size jars do you use for these parfaits. I think I need to invest in some glass jars w/lids for those days I want to grab one and go!
CatherineJuly 7, 2012 at 11:12 am (11 years ago)
Yummm I love pears! I have the 16oz Wide Mouth Jars! I use them for EVERYTHING, they’re great 🙂 http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/ball-pint-16-oz-wide-mouth-jars-set-of-12/shop/383171/
Grace T.August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm (11 years ago)
Ohhh. Pears are delicious and just made me need to make this asap! I have to be in a very specific mood/state of mind for apples but not the case with pears! Whoohoo!