Pina Colada Yogurt Parfaits

Second week of Pineapple and Coconut month in honor of, well, me, because its my birthday month. This time its a healthy yogurt parfait.

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I made this to balance out all the sweets I made last week. Like the Pina Colada S’mores. And the Pineapple and Coconut Whoopie Pies. Pure decadence. But life is all about balance. Like balancing a salad in one hand, and cake in the other.

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This is one of my fave quick to whip up snacks. Protein from the  yogurt, healthy fats from the coconut, vitamins and good digestive enzymes from the pineapple, fiber and omegas from the chia and sweetness from the honey.

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Ch-ch-ch-Chia? Remember chia pets? I had one. I don’t think it did to well. When I first saw a few years ago that chia seeds were the latest ” super food ” or something like that my first thought was ” those seeds that grew Chia pet hair are good for you?!?”  turns out yes. They are full of fiber and omegas ( those good fatty acids that help run a healthy body) and antioxidants. Plus they have many uses; they can be an egg substitute in baking, they make yummy pudding and I add them into yogurt snacks and smoothies all the time. And my kids love eating them by the handful. I have strange kids.

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You will see in the recipe I say to mix in the chia seeds with the yogurt. I sort of forgot to and was taking pics of these and realized that. So this is why it looks like there is way less than there is. Oops

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Sometimes I sweeten these with stevia instead of honey, either works find and tastes great, but the drizzle of honey on top I never leave out. We get this amazing raw honey from a local farm and I am pretty sure my kids would eat it straight from the jar if I let them. Good thing I am not too crazy and let them do things like that. They are hyper enough as it is all on their own, no need to be all hopped up on honey.

Pina Colada Yogurt Parfaits
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 2
Pina Colada Yogurt Parfaits Makes 2
  • 2 cups European Style Yogurt (I use Straus Family Creamery Yogurt)
  • Fresh pineapple, chopped – 1 cup
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes – ½ cup, lightly toasted
  • Raw Honey - 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp for drizzling (Or stevia - 1 Packet per parfait, I use wholesome sweeteners organic stevia)
  • Chia seeds - 4 tsp, divided (optional) ( I use Nutiva, organic)
  1. In a bowl mix the yogurt, 2 tbsp honey or stevia and 3 tsp chia seeds, set aside
  2. In two glasses layer a few tbsp. of the pineapple, a little of the coconut flakes and some of the yogurt. Repeat for as many layers as you want ending with pineapple and coconut on top. Sprinkle the remaining teaspoon chia seeds on the top of the parfaits and drizzle the remaining 1 tsp honey over the top. Serve immediately.

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Now as soon as I finish this yogurt parfait I am going to have a s’more. Balance.

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  1. These look wonderful. I love to mix yogurt up with just about anything, so these work for me!
    And funny you mentioned the chia pets–when Chia seeds first came up my mom kept asking “like the chia pets kind?” and I was like “NO–That’s WEIRD MOM!” But yes, I guess it is. Haha. I never had a chia pet, but i do remember the commercials. 😉
    Aloha sister on the 9th Hawaiian island!

    • one of my other faves is frozen cherries thawed just a little mixed with dark choc chips and chia in the yogurt. So good!!

  2. Just wanted to say that I had a “WOW” moment when I heard that the chia seeds we eat and those in the chia pet are one and the same. One of those things that knocks you off your feet a bit.
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted…Tangerine Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta ~ A @DevoOliveOil Feature & #Giveaway!My Profile

  3. I think I need another hand, because I already want one to be holding a smore, the other a whoopie pie and now ANOTHER to hold one of these parfaits! Looks so good!
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  4. LOVE this parfaits! It’s such a happy dessert! I think I might be visiting this part of the internets more often :)
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  5. Nice job, and I love your pics. What camera do you use?
    Gerry @foodness gracious recently posted…Pineapple Tempura with Haupia DipMy Profile

    • Thanks G!! I shoot with a 7 year old Nikon. The Nikon D80. And I use my 50mm F1.8 lens for most of my pics. I am dying to get an upgrade, like the Nikon D600.

  6. Goodness, girl! These Greek yogurt parfaits are totally me! Love that you are turning out recipe after recipe (during your birthday month, yay!) the Pina Colada way! So much more to look forward to this month. I need to make this recipe ASAP. In fact (no surprise to you!), I have everything to make ’em in my kitchen right now…even the Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds! 😉 xo
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen recently posted…Coconut Ginger Lime MargaritaMy Profile

  7. What a great idea! I love this :) it looks delicious!

  8. This yogurt parfait looks scrumptious! My kind of breakfast! Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Shanna,
    Now I’m saying ‘ch ch ch chia’. I’ve been working on this round up for too long.

    Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!
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