Individual yogurt parfaits sweetened with maple syrup and layered with homemade apple pie filling and apple butter granola, are delicious for breakfast or as a post-workout snack.
A few weeks ago, the Dairy Council asked me if I was interested in creating a high-protein post-workout snack and sharing a little bit about a new web video series that they’re promoting. It was actually really great timing, since I was already planning to share these parfaits with you!
Over the summer, Shawn joined a local gym that allows him to bring a guest for free on the weekends. They have a pool, so that’s where I’ve been spending my Saturday mornings. I’ve always loved swimming, and I’ve really enjoyed getting back into it. But one thing I don’t love is how hungry I am when I get out of the pool. It’s a little insane. I pretty much need to eat something immediately, otherwise I can get really cranky.
These yogurt parfaits are perfect – I make them ahead of time and store them in small canning jars. They look cute and are super portable, so they’re ready to go whenever I am. Plus they’re packed with protein and complex carbohydrates to fill me up, help my muscles repair, and replenish my energy.
The flavors in these parfaits are perfect for this time of year. I start with a tablespoon or two of homemade apple pie filling, then layer on low fat Greek yogurt sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. Due to the straining process, Greek yogurt has twice the protein of most regular yogurt – 14-17 grams per serving! I also love it’s rich texture and tangy flavor. I top it off with my homemade apple butter granola, with walnuts, dried fruit, and seeds. They’re so delicious.
I love learning more about where my food comes from. I love shopping at the Farmers Market and talking to the people who produce my food. In fact, I’m visiting two farms out in Western New York later this week (be sure to follow along on Instagram!) Most people don’t think of farms when they think of New York, but they’re all over once you get out of the city! In fact, NY is ranked fourth nationally in dairy farming, with over 5,000 farms across the state. It’s also the top yogurt producing state in the country. Sometimes I feel like almost everyone I know knows a dairy farmer or two!
The new web series Avenues + Acres pairs dairy farmers with millennials to learn from each other in a sort of “job swap.” The first episode features Abbey, a NY dairy farmer (and fellow blogger! and RD! She certainly keeps busy) and Dana, a local boxing coach. It touches on the link between nutritious farm-to-table food and sports nutrition. It also kind of makes me want to take up boxing… (I love that the episode features two women doing what you’d traditionally think of as male-dominated activities.) You can watch the episode right here, then join me for a Twitter Party on Wednesday, Nov. 4 for 9-10pm EST to chat with the farmers featured in it.
For more protein-packed snacks perfect for before or after the gym, check out Pumpkin Chocolate Chia Pudding, Apple Pie Yogurt Parfait, Peanut Butter Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Dip,Banana Bread Smoothie, or Autumn Acai Bowl with Greek Yogurt Figs and Pomegranate.
Apple Butter Granola
- ⅓ cup apple butter preferably homemade
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- ½ cup dried fruit like apples, apricots, or raisins
- Heat the oven to 325ºF.
- In a saucepan set over medium heat, warm the apple butter and coconut oil. Stir in the chia seeds, flax meal, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Remove from heat and mix in the oats and walnuts.
- Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool. Stir in the dried fruit.
- Store in an airtight container.