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This easy grab-and-go breakfast is a fall treat for your tastebuds! Layers of tender spiced apples, creamy Greek yogurt, and protein-packed quinoa come together in a healthy Overnight Apple Crisp Breakfast Parfait that tastes like a decadent dessert!
If there is one crop that we are most proud of in Central Virginia, it would definitely be our apples. We celebrate apple season all fall, and folks travel from the cities to visit our orchards, sample our homemade apple butter, and hike in our mountains.
But we don’t wait until September or October before we pull out our favorite apple recipes. In fact, by the first week in August, the boys and I headed up the road to our neighbors’ orchard to pick buckets of Ginger Gold (the kids’ favorite), Rambo, and other early varieties.
Spence was in my backpack, which he thought was great because he could actually reach some of the fruit!
Meanwhile, I put the other two boys to work!
It was a beautiful morning, and we came home with quite a haul!
Since then we have stayed busy snacking on apples, making our favorite Slow Cooker Apple Butter, blending together Apple Pie Smoothies, and fueling our active days with this healthy breakfast parfait.
The recipe is a great way to use up leftover quinoa, brown rice, or oats and toss them together in a quick and easy breakfast or snack that you can grab-and-go to take with you to work, school, or after-school sports.
And of course, the star of the show is the fresh apple!
Just chop an apple into bite-sized pieces (no peeling necessary), and place the pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with some Apple Pie Spice (or a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg), microwave until tender, and you have a warm bowl of baked apple that tastes like your favorite pie filling!
Layered with thick and creamy vanilla Greek yogurt and finished with crunchy toasted pecans, the parfait is a special treat that also happens to be packed full of good-for-you ingredients.
And if you’re feeling a little bit indulgent, you can even top it with a bit of whipped cream…making it an ideal healthy snack to curb those sweet tooth cravings!
Do you love apples as much as I do? How are you enjoying them this season?
KitchenAid has an awesome new line of black stainless steel appliances (which would be perfect for baking all of your tasty apple treats), and to celebrate the new season and their new products, they are hosting the Apple Challenge! Join celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and me by entering your favorite apple recipes in the contest. The recipes can be sweet or savory, so feel free to get creative!
To enter, just post a photo and description of your apple dish on Instagram or Twitter using #KitchenAidContest, or enter here.
Overnight Apple Crisp Breakfast Parfait
- 1 (5.3 ounce) container Greek-style vanilla yogurt
- 1 apple, diced
- ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice (can substitute with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg)
- ¼ cup cooked quinoa, packed (or you can substitute with oats, granola, or cooked brown rice)
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans or granola, for topping
- Optional: whipped topping
- Place diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and toss to coat. Microwave on high until apple reaches desired softness (approximately 1-2 minutes). Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
- In a separate glass jar or other container, place half of the yogurt.
- Top yogurt with half of the cooked apple.
- Add 2 tablespoons of quinoa on top.
Looking for more apple inspiration? Try these favorites:
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.