Mint Chocolate Breakfast Parfait
Dark Chocolate Granola:
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (sub raw almonds or cashews)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews (sub almonds or pistachios)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons cashew nut butter (sub almond or peanut butter)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, 70% cacao or above, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 2 cups nonfat greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey (sub agave nectar or coconut nectar)
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- mint leaves
- fruit (ie. apples, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates)
Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix together your granola ingredients (excluding the dark chocolate) in a bowl until well combined.
Spread your granola evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.
Take out and let cool for 10-20 minutes.
Once cool, add in dark chocolate bits.
Mix together your yogurt ingredients, and divide evenly between 3-4 bowls. Top with 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate granola. Top with any other desired toppings.
It hit me last week that December is almost over and I hadn’t made a single recipe that involved the flavors of mint and chocolate together. And in my book that’s like committing treason, because mint chocolate is a BIG DEAL in my life. I live for that flavor combo. I always feel like those wide-eyed tingly ads that York peppermint patties made for tv when I eat it. So I put my thinking cap on and I came up with this Mint Chocolate Breakfast Parfait. Which is just essentially an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast.
The dark chocolate granola recipe was adapted from my savory granola recipe except I added cacao powder, coconut butter (along with the coconut oil) to give it a sweeter taste, and some chunks of actual dark chocolate. I meannnnn dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and it boosts endorphins, so we can be happier and healthier AND eat chocolate for breakfast!
The honey-mint yogurt is light and fresh and perfect in combo with the bold, salty and sweet flavor of the granola. I think this will be a great any day of the week treat for me from now on. Because, yes, mint chocolate is often associated with the holidays, but who says it has to live and die here? I say we eat mint chocolate everyday of the year! I say the parfait should live on! I say YUM YUM GIMME SOME.