I am a huge fan of healthy breakfasts like overnight oats and chia seed pudding. But, let’s be real: there are wayyyy to many nights that I am not on my “A” game after a long day at work followed by family routine. It’s pretty common for me to simply forget the simple task of mixing some oats or chia seeds. For those mornings when nothing yummy is nicely prepared and waiting for me and my groggy eyes in the fridge, I tend to take the “gather and dump” route. Yep, what looks yummy and can just be thrown in a bowl and eaten while my coffee is brewing and I am prepping kid’s lunches. It was during one of these “gather and dump” routines that I stumbled upon this little combination that totally made my sleepy tastebuds scream, “YAY!”
I know that Almond Joy candy bars aren’t for everyone, but I freaking love those coconut beauties. My kids all know to gather those out of their Halloween bags and gift them to mommy if they want to earn Brownie points (a real thing in my house since our last name is Brown and I literally call them Brownies….side note: they can totally act like the Irish folkloric trouble makers, too!)
I digress….back to breakfast! If you couldn’t already tell, this concoction makes me even happier than an Almond Joy! Start by mixing the maple syrup into the Greek yogurt. Then top with the coconut, almonds and cacao nibs. Ummm, that’s it!
The protein in this bowl packs a wallop. You can customize this Almond Joy bowl into a Mound bowl by omitting the slivered almonds, if you want. I personally love the nutty crunch and added calcium and protein that almonds give me in the AM.
I love that even if I am not on my “A” game, I am guaranteed a yummy and healthy breakfast. I still love my overnight oats and chia seed pudding, but it’s nice not feeling forlorn that I forgot. And let’s be real again, this recipe is so quick that it has been a great go-to for a late afternoon snack or dessert.
If cacao nibs are new to you, you are going to love them! The crunch is awesome…just don’t eat them plain. They taste best with a little sweet backing them up 😉
This nutritious recipe is so yummy that it can swap in for dessert just as well as it does for breakfast or lunch.
- 1 tub Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Divy out the yogurt into 4 bowls. A 1 - 1 1/4 cup serving is hardy. Mix 1 tbsp of the maple syrup into each bowl.
Top with the shredded coconut, sliced almonds and cacao nibs. If you want to take extra time, you can toast the coconut in a pan on the stovetop.