Cherry Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bowls
Looking for a healthy, simple and super tasty breakfast? Enter, Cherry Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bowls, your new favorite breakfast, lunch or anytime guilt free treat!
While oatmeal is delicious during the colder months, and smoothies are simply satisfying on warmer days, every now and again it’s fun to try something new — like these Cherry Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bowls.
The smoothie bowl trend inspired this yogurt bowl. After seeing so many beautiful pictures of smoothie bowls on social media, I thought instead of blending my smoothie ingredients, why not just layer it in a bowl.
Let me tell you, while I love smoothies, yogurt bowls are my new favorite breakfast.
Now, let me tell you why.
Yogurt bowls are:
- Quick and simple to make.
- Gluten free.
- Filling — they’re full of protein.
- Only have natural sugars.
- So yummy!
When I make a yogurt bowl I like to start with plain full fat Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has more protein than traditional yogurt and the full fat version has less sugar and has more calories, so it keeps you full longer. I buy plain yogurt so I can control the amount of sugar and other additives. Flavored yogurt (even vanilla) is full of unnecessary added sugars. Instead I like to flavor my yogurt myself.
For my Cherry Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bowls I added a little vanilla extract, cacoa powder and stevia leaf extract. I chose stevia as the sweetener because it’s a natural sweetener that has zero calories, contains vitamins and minerals and has health benefits (like lowering blood sugar levels.)*
I used cacao powder to add a delicious chocolate flavor. And guys, I have to say, I most often have this yogurt bowl for breakfast but I’ve also eaten it for dessert. It’s so delicious, I feel like it’s dessert even when it’s breakfast time. It’s so wonderful when healthy food can be so tasty!
Back to the chocolate —
If you don’t have cacoa powder just use Dutch processed cocoa powder. I used cacoa powder because it’s even healthier than cocoa powder. It’s the purest form of chocolate so it has even more antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin C than cocoa powder.
I also added collagen supplement which you could leave out if you’d like. It doesn’t add any flavor but it does add health benefits. Collagen depletion occurs as we age. Supplementing helps support collagen formation throughout your body leading to healthier hair, skin, nails, joints and bones.
Once the yogurt is all mixed together I serve it in two small bowls and top it with goodies.
For these Cherry Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bowls I topped the yogurt with cherries, of course 🙂 I also added a big scoop of almond butter, a sprinkle of chia seeds (yay of extra protein, fiber and omega-3 fats!), and some triple chocolate chips.
I recently found these at the store and thought they’d be a fun treat. Usually, I stick with dark chocolate (which does go especially well with cherries) but I thought the variety of chocolate all in one bag would be a fun treat for the kids.
And, I was right! They examine their chocolate to see how many of each variety they got. 🙂
Oh, to be a kid again…
As I mentioned, these yogurt bowls are versatile and completely customizable. So, say if you’re not a fan of almond butter, you can switch it out for peanut butter or another nut butter. I would recommend trying the fresh almond butter. I wasn’t a big fan of it until I stared buying the freshly ground almond butter. It’s so tasty!
If you’re not a fan of any nut butters (my husband falls into this category, he hates the texture) just use raw nut pieces. You could even use a variety of almonds, walnuts and cashews. Yum!
Finally, lets talk about the cherries. It’s cherry season so, there’s no surprise that’s what inspired this yogurt bowl. I love cherries and it’s always best to use fruit that’s in season. Both because they taste better and they’re less expensive. Plus, chocolate and cherry go so well together.
However, if it isn’t cherry season, frozen cherries work well. Just defrost them a bit before eating.
You could also sub in strawberries if you don’t have cherries. Strawberries and chocolate are also a great team.
Cheers to a tasty and healthy breakfast!
I hope you enjoy 🙂
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*Read more about stevia leaf extract here.