Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait {GF}

by alexandra

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those times when you just need a mid-day chocolate fix?

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

So maybe you don’t know those times because you’re not a chocolate addict like some people I know (ahem – me), but if you do, you’ll know where I’m coming from here. Sometimes it’s hard to combine healthy + snack + chocolate all in one , which is just not gonna cut it in my book because those mid-day chocolate cravings are like a daily occurrence. I have to find ways to disguise chocolate as an acceptable snack, so that’s where this parfait comes in. (And these chocolate no-bake bars and these chocolate, almond, and coconut bars, because obviously a girl needs options.)

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those super-simple recipes that doesn’t require any planning ahead or extra time, which is always an A++ idea in my book. It’s healthy but it’s also filling and yummy and – oh yesss – chocolatey, so it ticks all the boxes. If you’re one of those people who can call a bowl of fruit dessert, then this could even be your idea of an indulgent dessert that’s ALSO healthy, in which case I envy you that you don’t have a daily craving for chocolate chip/chunk cookies that you have to fulfill. Personally, I’ll call this lunch and be proud of myself for it. :)

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Just to keep things healthy (and also because I’m a dark chocolate lover), I don’t make this parfait very sweet, but you can always add a little more honey to it if you feel like it’s needed. Either way, it’s a creamy, chocolatey greek yogurt treat, and the toasted coconut and sweet banana slices on top make it the perfect combo of enticing flavors. (Because chocolate + coconut = yes,  and chocolate + banana = yes, so chocolate + banana + coconut = HECK YES).

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Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait


  • Yield: one parfait*

Description

A fast, healthy snack (or even dessert!) that’s creamy, chocolatey, and layered with crispy coconut flakes and sweet banana slices.


Ingredients

Toasted Coconut

  • 1/2 ounce (1/4 cup) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon honey

Chocolate Yogurt

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I like Chobani)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)

Topping:

  • thinly sliced banana

Instructions

  1. Warm coconut oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add coconut flakes and honey and stir together. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally and more often as the coconut starts to turn golden, until golden and toasted as desired, being careful not to let burn. Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cocoa powder, and honey until smooth.
  3. Top yogurt with toasted coconut and banana slices and enjoy!

Notes

*If desired, this could probably be split into two smaller parfaits as an alternative.

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