Let me tell you, I used to be obsessed with parfaits and yogurt. Never really was a fan of granola, however. Funny how things turn out because now I’m all about those overnight oats parfaits and I’m granola’s best friend.
Since I dropped dairy from my life within the past year or so (or at least minimizing how much I consume), my skin has cleared up quite a lot and my digestive system has been pretty happy. There are those times I just love me some dairy and as of lately, I’m on the dairy train from time to time. My belief is that if it is fresh dairy that is local and/or organic and primarily from goat or sheep’s milk, I’m down with it. Goat and sheep’s milk/dairy products are easier to digest than cow’s milk and cow’s milk is often treated with hormones (including rBGH) and antibiotics. Eh yeah, not a fan so much of that.
Anything (dairy and meat specifically) in moderation is great and delicious and we all know it. Let’s be real with ourselves.
So since I haven’t had a bowl or tub or cup of yogurt in months, I decided if I was going to buy yogurt I wanted to try the brand I’ve been seeing all over Instagram and numerous blog posts: Siggi’s.
Siggi’s has been constantly used with granola and berries around the blog-osphere and I figured it must be something worthy of purchasing. It is a yogurt known as “skyr”, which is a thick and creamy high protein yogurt originating from Iceland. The ingredients are minimal and don’t contain artificial anything! I think I hear angels singing in the distance because YUM. Oh and the best part? The yogurt is made from cows milk that is not injected with hormones including the dreadful rBGH.
Siggi’s products range from drinkable yogurt to squeezable yogurt tubes but I decided to be basic and try the plain flavor so I could put toppings on it. The plain has only 4g of sugar and 15g (30%) of your daily protein. A great snacking option but even better for breakfast or dessert. One container was $1.99 at Whole Foods (I just missed their 5 for $5 deal a week or two ago unfortunately) and after trying one, I’m tempted to go back and delve into all of the other exotic flavors. Mango and jalapeño? Orange and ginger, anyone? Heart eye emojis all over the place.
I’ve never thought eating just yogurt by itself was pleasing. Granola and berries are the yin and yang to yogurt. It just makes sense. After endlessly gazing at the granolas at Whole Foods for a good 20 minutes deciding what to buy, I left the store without a single bag. I had one of those realization moments of “I can easily make this at home for less money”. I used a recipe off of an Instagram post on the explore page (@Fuel_For_Thought) using Vega Protein I happened to have on hand, almonds, oats and coconut oil. It was chopped full of coconutty goodness!
I modified the recipe by combining 1 packet of Vega’s new Coconut Almond Nutritional Shake powder with 2.5 cups of oats, 1.5 tbsp coconut oil, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce and 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut into a large bowl. After mixing it well with my hands, I poured the mixture onto two greased baking sheets and set them into my oven (which I preheated my oven to 375ºF).
After cooking the mixture for around 15 minutes, I took them out and shook them a bit and popped them in for another 5-10 minutes. The granola sat on the sheet to cool for about 5 minutes before I poured the mixture into two large mason jars.
After I made the granola, I knew I would pair it with yogurt and what better way to do it than with fresh cut strawberries and raspberries!? I put around 1/3 to 1/2 cup of granola all over and in between the layers of yogurt and berries and it was extremely satisfying and not too filling. It will give you that happy-full feeling.
Because I made the granola with protein powder, especially Vega, it definitely had a stronger after taste. One who has not tried their products might not enjoy or be put off but after a few bites your taste buds become quite accustomed to the strong coconut and greens flavor. Feel free to use another protein powder or subtract it altogether. As long as you use oats, a sweetener (apple sauce, maple syrup or coconut sugar) and coconut oil, you’re guaranteed to have thick and crunchy granola.
Paired with the Siggi’s you’ll have yourself a perfect parfait (that I just so happened to put in a cute ice cream glass).