In this yogurt parfait, toasted quinoa with coconut & almonds is a high protein, gluten-free alternative to granola. It's crunchy and nutty and the best thing ever to layer with creamy yogurt, fresh berries and gingery maple syrup.
Did you know you can toast quinoa? I never thought of doing it until recently, when I noticed quinoa topping on pasta I had at a restaurant. It was crunchy and great and I decided I had to try toasting some myself. For this yogurt parfait I toast raw quinoa with sliced almonds and shredded coconut in a dry skillet. The quinoa is golden brown and has a delicious nutty flavor.
Granola has always been my go-to for a yogurt parfait. But not any more. I prefer this toasted quinoa mix. It has great crunch and it's packed with protein; it's gluten free; and it's toasted in a dry skillet with no added fat or sugar.
You can prepare all of the components for this yogurt parfait in advance. The coconut quinoa mixture can keep in an airtight container for about 5 days.
The gingered maple syrup can also be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a few days. Fruit can be washed and cut up in advance. If everything is ready ahead, you can assemble the parfait in just a couple of minutes.
I have to thank my sister in law Jen for inspiring this recipe. She and I talk about food a lot! Jen has mentioned, many times, an amazing yogurt & granola parfait with gingery simple syrup that she had on one of her family vacations. She got me craving it, so here's my version!
Here's the recipe for Toasted Coconut Quinoa Yogurt Parfait. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a comment. I'd love to know what you think!