Friday, January 23, 2015

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! 

4 comments:

  1. oh that looks amazing - I'm off dairy at the moment to help the tiny boy stop spitting milk everywhere and even soya yoghurt seems to cause a problem but I think it might just be amazing on top of a coconut milk ice cream - or even swirled in!

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    1. Hi Carie! Your tiny boy is so, so cute. I just adore the pictures you take! Hmm…sorry to hear you're off dairy for now, but I understand needing to put the babes needs first! Maybe this can be an idea to save for later?

      Happy Weekend friend. :)

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  2. This looks really great! I've been making smoothies for the grand kids using yogurt we make from cow's milk. Using fresh fruit gives just enough sweet. I really like the chocolate syrup idea using honey. It could come in handy so many places.

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    1. Hi there! Your yogurt sounds amazing! We have cows on our farm, but they're not dairy cows. Do y'all farm too? The chocolate syrup is so, so good. In fact, I *may* be eating another bowl right now as I'm writing this! :) With yogurt, syrup, coconut, and apple….so filling and tastes like a treat. Yum. :)

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