If you know me, you know my passion for dessert for breakfast. That’s why there’s a whole section of this blog devoted to Dessertable Smoothies! My recent Israel trip got me thinking about new ways to enjoy dessert in the A.M., guilt free.
One blistering hot day in Safed, after an hour of exploring touristy art shops under the glaring surveillance of suspicious merchants, my friend and I were ready for a refreshing lunch. I went with a classic falafel and pita combo, but found myself not so into the piping hot food as the sun beat down on my back. Luckily, my friend chose to order something from a quiet, though somewhat grimy, little café where we could both sit in air-conditioned comfort.
A while later, a waitress brought my friend’s lunch – an ice cream/granola sundae. A somewhat untraditional choice for the midday meal, but certainly tempting when it was too hot outside for “real” food! And Safed, like most of Israel, is hot.
View from a street in Safed: most all the streets are narrow and the cobblestone is slippery – walking in Safed is sort of scary!
After walking around in that cramped, hot town for hours, it’s time for a break…
How about some fresh pomegranet juice? (The word “pomegranate” is spelled three different ways on three different signs on this juice stand. Though I can’t really complain, since I don’t really know any Hebrew. I just thought it was cute 🙂 )
When I got home from the trip, I decided to experiment with ways to create the best of both worlds – a healthy, nutritious meal I could feel good about eating any time of day, and a sweet, summery treat to cool off and pamper my taste buds, rolled into one. The obvious choice was a frozen yogurt parfait sundae! I made both of these sundaes with Greek yogurt for less fat, more calcium and protein than ice cream or regular yogurt. One is fruity and perfect for a balanced breakfast, the other has a chocolate/mocha/caramel motif going on, and might be better left as a special treat as it contains sugary cereal. But hey, at least it has fruit!
If you’re going with a frozen treat for breakfast, lunch, or anytime you want to cool off and refresh yourself this summer, try either of these delicious, satisfying, and health-conscious fro-yo bowls: Tropical-tastic Breakfast Sundae or Macchiato Midnight Madness Sundae. These recipes each make one generous serving, but could be multiplied to serve guests if desired.
Tropical-tastic Breakfast Sundae
A fantastic fusion of lemony yogurt, luscious nectarine, sweet flaked coconut, and nutritious whole grain Great Grains cereal is the perfect guilt-free treat to fuel your day and satisfy your sweet tooth!
- 1 Yoplait 100 calorie Greek lemon yogurt
- 1 large, ripe nectarine
- 3/4 cup Post brand Great Grains cereal: Raisins, Dates, and Pecans flavor
- 1 tbs sweetened flaked coconut
Place yogurt in freezer for 45-60 minutes or until just frozen to the consistency of soft-serve frozen yogurt.
Roughly chop nectarine into bite-sized pieces.
Remove yogurt from freezer. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop some into desired bowl. Top this with some of the cereal. Continue layering yogurt and cereal until both are used up.
Arrange nectarine pieces around edge of bowl.
Sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
Macchiato Midnight Madness Sundae
An indulgent treat that can also be acceptable for breakfast! Treat yourself to decadent mocha-flavored Greek yogurt with a hint of caramel, layered with crunchy Cocoa Pebbles cereal and rounded out with fresh banana slices.
- 1 Dannon Light & Fit Greek 80 calories Caramel Macchiato flavored yogurt
- 3/4 cup Post brand Cocoa Pebbles Cereal
- 1/2 banana
Place yogurt in freezer for 45-60 minutes or until consistency is like that of soft-serve frozen yogurt.
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop yogurt from container. Layer yogurt and Cocoa Pebbles cereal in desired serving bowl.
Top with sliced banana.
Indulge and enjoy!