I just came back from a last minute vacation to the Dominican Republic with my parents. Growing up, my mom would find last minute deals to the Caribbean, so we managed to escape the frigid Canadian winters almost every year. I think the last time I went on a trip with my folks I was about seventeen, and in many ways, I felt like I was seventeen again. I’m in between contracts at the moment, so here I was, unemployed and in need of some beach and sun. I stepped into a time warp of sorts for a week in Punta Cana. Now I’m back in the real world, where there are no more breakfast buffets, nacho bars or four course meals every night. Time to re-stabilize! I tried to be kind to my poor belly, so I started my week off with this super healthy Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt.
This quick and easy yogurt makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert. My lactose intolerant boyfriend had a big tub of coconut yogurt in the fridge, 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! I sweetened the yogurt with some apple butter that I made in the fall, and that I have been using as a sugar substitute ever since! I diced up an apple for some crunch and 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 lying under coconuts are still dancing in my head!
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. I swear I could eat a tub of this stuff, but this portion keeps me going until lunch. Even after stuffing my face full of omelettes and bagels with lox for a week!