One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the desserts. I love to bake pies, but even more than that, I love to eat pies! Fruit pies are my favorite. I love the combination of tart fruit with flaky, buttery crust and the complexity of the added cinnamon, nutmeg or orange zest. The morning after Thanksgiving, it is not uncommon to find me having pie with my coffee, breakfast pie could totally be a thing. But, breakfast pie is not exactly the best choice to make on a daily basis, and actually not really the best choice after such a large meal the night before. With pie in mind, I came up with this healthy alternative, apple and yogurt parfait.
This recipe has many of the flavors of my favorite Thanksgiving pie. The apples, cinnamon, orange zest and a bit of brown sugar essentially equate to apple pie filling. The toasted almonds stand in for the crust, providing a little crunch and nice earthy flavor. The Greek yogurt works in place of ice cream, if you like your pie a la mode. The end result is an incredibly tasty, protein packed breakfast that is perfect to keep you full until your leftover turkey sandwich lunch. This recipe is also easy enough to make the morning of Thanksgiving, and sure to keep you satisfied until the big meal.
For one serving:
½ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup toasted, sliced almonds
¼ cup sauteed apples (recipe follows)
Place the sauteed apples in a small bowl or cup, cover with yogurt. Top with sliced almonds. The apples are delicious straight from the pan, at room temperature or even cold from the refrigerator.
For the Apples:
1 Tablespoons of Butter
4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Teaspoon orange zest
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples, cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until slightly brown. Lower the heat; add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Continue cooking until apples have softened and slightly caramelized, approximately 10 minutes. This recipe makes enough for more than one serving, store the unused, cooked apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator to enjoy for a few days.