See, I can actually make food that is somewhat healthy……….every once in a while.
I thought with it being Monday we should probably start out the week with something good for us, you know? Then maybe we’ll feel less guilty if we decide to indulge in something decadent at the end of it. It’s like saving up good-behavior stickers in kindergarten for a weekend prize. Although, I’m not sure this quite makes the list of perfectly healthy foods because, well look at it. How can you not feel a little indulgent when you’re eating these layers of fruity, crunchy, sweet happiness?
I’ve been in the mood for lots of fresh and summery stuff the last few days because we’ve been having these random warm days popping up and it’s been awesome. I can’t speak from much experience since I’ve only lived in this country during one previous August, but from what I remember and what I gather from the locals, the expectations for Augusto are mucho gray and wet. Needless to say, a sunny day is way more than welcomed. Although, I’m pretty sure it’s just a tease because there is still a chunk of winter left to get through and I doubt it will all be sunshine. Hmm, but maybe we’re going to have an early Spring……… Okay fine, wishful thinking probably isn’t going to work in this scenario but it’s worth a try.
I am so anxious and excited to break out some of my new summer clothes that still have the tags on (even though I bought them like 2 years ago). I just didn’t get to where that many hot weather outfits last year. In fact, I literally went all of last summer without slipping my feet into a pair flip flops once because it was never that hot. I don’t know why I’m surprised. I do live nearly as close to the south pole as you can get so that’s got to have an effect on the weather. It’s pretty crazy how drastically the day length changes during the year too. Already, I’m noticing the days getting longer and it won’t be long before the sun hangs out until 10:30 at night.
I think my brain is finally starting to relate the fact that going into Spring and going into the holiday season are synonymous down here. It’s still strange for me though and I definitely am not okay with it. I want to be able to snuggle up and drink hot cider while looking at the fall colors this time of year, but instead I get chilled apple juice and bright sunny spring flowers to go with. I guess it could be a lot worse.
So what I’m getting at is that these parfaits are perfect for the beginning of the warm seasons for those of us down south and equally perfect for the end of the summer if you live up north. Win win! I was going to make them with yogurt but they were so close to being completely vegan that I though it would be nice to go all the way, Plus, I’ve been wanting to try this idea I had for vegan “yogurt” and I’m happy to say it worked and is amazing! I mean, you guys all know that I personally couldn’t care less about veganism, but I know a lot of you guys have certain diet restrictions and I like be as helpful as I can.
I think my brothers would have eaten 3 or 4 of these if I’d let them, and they are not that big on eating their fruit either, so that’s saying something. Actually, Brock keeps begging me to make more because he loved it so much, and I agree that these are definitely a do-again. If you are not a vegan than you can use regular vanilla or fruit flavored yogurt instead of making my dairy free version, but the granola is a must. So much flavor and the young dried coconut is one of my new favorite things. It’s coconut that they have harvested early when it’s still green so that it’s extra sweet and soft. Then they dry it just like other fruits and, uh, yum! It’s basically candy, you’ve gotta try it!