Healthy Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Parfait

Healthy Apple Pie Greek Yogurt ParfaitOur family loves parfaits. We love parfaits so much we even have a song about them, “Parfait! Parfait! Is a very fun thing to say!” My kids like their parfaits with regular vanilla yogurt, but since I have started to eat healthier, I made the switch to Greek yogurt. For years I thought I hated Greek yogurt, but it turns out I was just eating it wrong. Most of the prepackaged Greek yogurts aren’t very good, but when you add your own fruit, it is so much better! I now eat a Greek yogurt parfait almost every morning and feel like I am eating dessert!

Over the summer, I was eating my Greek yogurt mixed in with peaches, but for the fall I decided to try apples. Apples are high in fiber and leave you full for longer. Combined with the protein in the Greek yogurt and the almonds, I knew it would keep me full until lunch. Apples are also naturally sweet, so I don’t have to add much of a sweetener. But the best part is how this stuff makes my house smell! Wow! Nothing says, “Hello Fall!” like cinnamon apples baking in the oven. Pure heaven! This Greek yogurt parfait recipe is seriously one of those meals that you just want to sit down and focus on every single bite. It is so good!

I usually make a big batch of it and then freeze it in serving size baggies in the freezer. But I will store some in the fridge too and the apples have a tendency to disappear quickly as I snack on them during the day. It is good to note that this isn’t like super sweet apple pie filling. Cutting back on the sugar not only makes it healthier, it allows the apple flavor to shine through.

Healthy Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7 Large Apples (I like to use Gala)
  • 4 tsp Cinnamon (Saigon Cinnamon is the best if you have it)
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • Greek Yogurt (I like the vanilla, but unsweetened is healthier)
  • Chopped Honey Roasted Almonds
  • Caramel Syrup

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Wash and chop the apples up into cubes. You can peel the apples if you like, but leaving the peel on means you will be getting more fiber and nutrients. I use the Müeller chopper and it makes this step super fast and easy.
  3. Place your apples into a 9×13 glass pan. I don’t grease the pan because the apples do just fine without the extra oil and they don’t stick.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples, and then drizzle the maple syrup and water over them.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, occasionally stirring the apples around to make sure they are well coated and stay moist. Test to make sure the apples are tender before removing from the oven.
  6. Serve the apples hot or chilled, according to your preference. It is yummy both ways! Place in a bowl and add a few spoon-fulls of Greek yogurt on top. Add some chopped honey roasted almonds to taste and depending on how healthy you want to be, add a drizzle of caramel syrup.

NOTE: I like lots and lots of flavor and the cinnamon and nutmeg eventually get mixed up with the yogurt anyway. But if you like more subtle flavors, I recommend cutting back on the cinnamon and nutmeg just a little.

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