Pineapple Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Coconut and Almond Granola


This tropical real food treat is a fantastic way to start your morning or a sweet {but healthy} pick me up in the afternoon {when it is easy to go straight for the chocolate!}.  While pineapple and coconut scream of summer, this is actually a great little winter breakfast or snack.

Pineapple Parfaits with Homemade Coconut and Almond Granola

Why?

Fresh fruits and veggies are abundant, local, and cheap in the summer months, but things like berries, fresh tomatoes, and melons just aren’t growing when the snow is on the ground.  While you can still get these things year round these days, the fact of the matter is they aren’t grown in the US most of the time and that means they traveled a lot of miles {and were picked prematurely} to get to you.

Why does it matter?

When fruits and veggies are picked early {in order to make them more sturdy for travel and more likely to get to you without spoiling} that means they aren’t as nutritious.  Have you heard of the slow food movement?  Foods grown slowly {without chemical fertilizers} and allowed to ripen on the vine, bush, or tree, are higher in nutrients and that means more nutrition for you.

Pineapple Parfaits with Coconut and Almond Granola

So what’s a girl to eat during the cold months?

Well, if you bought some of those fresh fruits and veggies when they were abundant and cheap in the summer months and canned them, froze them, or dehydrated them, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. BUT, if you didn’t have time or it just didn’t happen this year, never fear!  Canned fruits and frozen veggies are available at your local market, like Walmart.  When I shop for frozen or canned foods, I shop the same way I would for fresh food.  I buy organic fruits and veggies that are on the dirty dozen list and conventional of all the rest. Frozen and canned foods will actually be more nutritious than fresh shipped across the continent because they were picked at the peak of ripeness and then frozen or canned.  So, while I am a champion for eating lots of fresh foods, I recommend frozen and canned foods {some of which are organic} when choosing summer fruits and veggies during the winter months.  There are still local fresh foods to enjoy in the winter though – just look for things like pumpkins, greens, and other squash/gourds. {see a full list of fruits and veggies and when they’re in season here}.

So for this little recipe I used organic Stonyfield french vanilla yogurt, a can of crushed pineapple in its juice {not syrup}, and homemade granola {recipe below}. I layered the parfait like this: pineapple, yogurt, more pineapple, then granola right on top just before serving {so it won’t get soggy!}.  My kids and I LOVE this! I hope you enjoy it too!

Pineapple Parfaits with coconut almond granola

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

 

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Comments

  1. OK, this looks divine. I have a homemade granola recipe that I’ve been using, but am going to try yours just so I can make this yummy looking parfait exactly according to directions! I love the tropical mix of flavors – maybe once I make it, I can close my eyes and pretend I’m on the beach in Hawaii?? :)

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