Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup, Banana, Coconut Parfait
Ok, so I totally made this recipe name up, as well as the recipe! I'm the lucky duck who had a root canal this week that was "really bad and infected" according to the dentist. Yeah! Go me. So, I've been eating mushy food for about a week. I didn't realize how much crunchy food I rely on since giving up sugar..think: blue corn tortilla chips, popcorn, almonds…sigh.
So, when the gals from our church group met for our monthly girls' night I knew I needed a creative solution for "the mush". Enter, my new parfait idea! It's made up of plain Greek yogurt, a sugar-free chocolate syrup, unsweetened coconut, and bananas! It's delicious!
At girls' night my friend suggested peanut butter on the parfaits so for this version I actually decided to warm several ingredients on the stove to make a sort of syrup. I used a tablespoon or two of honey, about the same of natural, unsweetened cocoa powder, and about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.
(excuse the cruddy quality photos..)
I noticed that my ingredients were making more of a paste than a syrup but knew I didn't want to add any more honey. Too much honey makes me feel funny! So instead I threw in a splash of unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk (say that three times fast, whew!).
As I stirred the almond milk in the ingredients melted together just perfectly to create a thick syrup.
I had a sweet helper and her horn while I tried to snap a quick pic of the ingredients!
To assemble the parfait I put plain Greek yogurt in first, next diced bananas, then the chocolate syrup. I topped it all off with unsweetened coconut! This was so tasty and rich tasting! I think the syrup would even be fantastic on apples…you could make apple nachos with the syrup and coconut drizzled on top! Yum.
A note about the yogurt, if you're used to eating sugar then the plain Greek yogurt might taste a bit bitter to you. It isn't sweet at all. The bananas and chocolate syrup on top give it just the right amount of sweet.
I hope you get a chance to try this out this weekend!