Apple Parfait- Easy and Autumnal
Apple parfait is a healthy breakfast parfait made from tangy dairy-free apple yoghurt, sweet cinnamon apples and crunchy granola.
One of my favourite things about autumn is all of the delicious apples which come into season. They’re sweet and crunchy, and this years warm spring means that they are better than ever. As delicious as they are as a snack, I have to admit I’m definitely thinking more towards apple crumbles and pies, lathered with custard.
That’s why I love this apple parfait. It’s all the flavours of apple pie, layered up into a healthy yoghurt parfait.
Apple parfait has all the flavours of a cosy autumn desert
If you’ve seen my strawberry cheesecake breakfast bowl recipe, you’ll know that I love nothing better than a breakfast that tastes like desert. This is definitely the autumn version of my desert breakfast, not too sweet but satisfies all of my desert-for-breakfast cravings!
Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely enjoy the apple parfait as a light and healthy no-bake desert too. It’s a great option if you have guests, because you can have it all prepped in advance and just layer it up when you’re ready. If you are serving it for desert, try it when the apples are still warm- it’s way more indulgent than you’d imagine.
So what’s in a vegan parfait?
Ok, lets get to the good part. This breakfast is great, because it pretty much just uses all basic ingredients which you would find in your cupboards. It’s made by layering an applesauce-spiked dairy-free yoghurt, cinnamon sauteed apples and crunchy granola, and topping with toasted flaked almonds. That’s it! It’s so easy to whip up and takes no more than 15 minutes to have breakfasts prepped for the week.
A high protein vegan breakfast
This apple parfait recipe is the perfect option for a high protein vegan breakfast. Use a greek-style dairy free yoghurt for the best amount of protein, and look out for a granola which has plenty of nuts and seeds.
How to make vegan apple parfait
This part is so simple. To make the apple yoghurt, simply mix applesauce and yogurt together until well combined. That’s layer one, done!
Toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan over a medium heat until they’re golden and smell amazing.
There’s two options when it comes to making your cinnamon apples. I like to sautee my cubed apples in a non-stick saucepan (I tend to just use the same pan I used for the almonds- save on washing up!). Throw them in over a medium heat with the cinnamon, give them a good stir, and let them cook away until perfectly soft, but not mushy. I prefer this option as I can control the softness of the apples more.
If you prefer, you can just place the apple cubes in a microwave-safe bowl, stir through the cinnamon, and microwave them on high for 1 minute. This is definitely a good option if you’re rushed for time.
For the granola, you can use your favourite store-bought, or a homemade granola. If you’re in the game for making your own, I love this recipe for a perfectly crispy granola parfait.
Time to layer!
Once the apple has cooled, in a couple of glasses or bowls, layer half the yoghurt, half the apples, and half the granola. Repeat the layering, then top with the toasted flaked almonds. If you’re prepping for several days, keep the elements separate in the fridge and layer them up in the morning. This will stop the granola from getting soft.
Looking for something for lunch?
Now you’ve meal prepped your breakfast, how about something for lunch? Now that the weather is gettting colder, I love prepping this warm miso edamame and caulflower salad to take to work.
- 200 g plain yoghurt dairy-free
- 60 g applesauce
- 10 g flaked almonds
- 1 large apple diced
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 80 g granola homemade or storebought
- In a bowl, mix the yoghurt with the applesauce. Place to one side.
- In a small pan over a medium heat, toast the flaked almond until golden and fragrant. Remove from pan to cool.
- In the same pan, add the apples. Sprinkle over the cinnamon, and cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes, until softened. You can add a couple tsps of water as they cook, to speed the process along.
- In 2 small jars, glasses or bowls, add half the yoghurt, followed by half the apples, and half the granola. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients, then top the parfaits with the flaked almonds.
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