Time to re-stabilize! I started my week off with this super healthy Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt as an apology to my poor belly for the last week of abuse.
I took a break from the dreary January weather and escaped to the Dominican Republic with my parents for a week of sunshine and ocean breeze. Hard to believe, but I think the last time I went on a vacation with my parents I was seventeen! Growing up, my mom would find last minute deals to the Caribbean, so we managed to escape the frigid Canadian winters almost every year. One Christmas morning I woke up to discover we were jumping on a plane to Mexico, a pretty great gift!
We stayed at the Bahia Principe Ambar Green, part of the giant Bahia complex in Punta Cana. A picture perfect beach, delicious food and lots of mojitos made for a relaxing, non-thinking vacation. Now I’m back in the real world, where there are no more breakfast buffets, nacho bars or four course meals every night.
This quick and easy yogurt makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert. My lactose intolerant boyfriend bought a big tub of coconut yogurt, so I decided to go dairy free and took a big scoop. I might have gone overboard with cheese last week sooo I was due for some dairy relief! The yogurt is sweetened with some homemade apple butter and I diced up an apple for some crunch. I also added raisins for some bonus fiber and sweetness. Now I know a lot of people object to raisins, but they’re totally optional and you could substitute for any other dried fruit like dates or apricots.
I topped off this mega yogurt with a dash of cinnamon to spice things up and also added unsweetened shredded coconut to help bring out the coconut flavour. Visions of palm trees and coconuts are still dancing in my head!
Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt
- 1/2 cup vanilla flavoured coconut yogurt*
- 1/2 medium apple diced**
- 3 tablespoons sultana raisins
- 1 tablespoon apple butter
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a dash for topping
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, saving a few pieces of diced apples and raisins for garnish. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
*We like the Yoso brand
**I prefer Gala apples
Awesomely chunky with bits of crunch, bursts of sweetness and that classic apple cinnamon flavour combination, this yogurt is a fun, low calorie way to stay on track in the New Year. Totally addictive, I swear I could eat a tub of this stuff! Thankfully this Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt recipe is pretty filling and kept me going until lunchtime!