Mango-yogurt parfait

I've got something healthy and super simple to share today.  As a little balance against that rich triple chocolate mousse I made recently, I'm offering another parfait - but one that's far lighter. This everyday parfait is perfectly good for you and makes a beautiful and very tasty breakfast, snack, or even dessert.  It so simple - just pureed mango and Greek yogurt.
Yes, it's totally like the yogurt cups you buy with the fruit at the bottom or in a separate compartment, but homemade, without all the added sugar. It's the best kind of DIY because it tastes better and is better for you, plus it doesn't require a lot of work.  All you have to do is puree some mangoes until smooth and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week to enjoy with your yogurt as you like.

I'm actually amazed I'm writing about yogurt like this because I didn't start eating it - really eating, not just baking or cooking with it - until just a few months ago. I didn't think I'd ever get into that extreme tang or tartness, and the whole idea of dousing it with sweetener seemed to defeat the whole eating-healthy purpose. I don't know what's happened to me but this chocolate "junkie" has turned into a bit of a health-food junkie as well in recently years so I gave yogurt another try and now I'm fairly hooked on Greek yogurt (and going broke buying those big tubs every week)! My standard way of eating it is without any sweetener but with crunchy toppings like nuts, sunflower seeds, and a little flaxseeds thrown in.  

I love mangoes so when I came across this mango-yogurt parfait idea from Martha, I had to try it.  Now that I've made it and been enjoying it thoroughly, I'm reluctant to eat my yogurt without some mango puree these days.  It almost tastes too good to be natural and good for me but it truly is.
Let me make a little confession: I didn't have any ripe fresh mangoes on hand and impatient to give this a try, I simply used frozen mango chunks. Yes, I did! To be specific, I used Trader Joe's organic frozen mango chunks, which I heard and can now confirm is very good. I simply defrosted the mango overnight and gave it a blitz in my blender in the morning with a splash of water.

And would you believe I did not add any sugar to my mango puree!  Seriously. Essentially, my parfait is a 2-ingredient one of pure mango and Greek yogurt. You may choose to add sugar but I encourage you to taste the puree before sweetening it. I realize it's a matter of preference and it all depends on how much sweetness you need/want to go along with your yogurt.  It also depends on the mangoes. The frozen mango chunks were truly sweet enough on their own for me and I imagine it'd be even more so if I'd been using some fresh ripe Champagne mangoes (my favorite).
I'm sure you could try this with other fruits.  I just love mangoes and with the frozen chunks working so well, I can make this year-round.  

Now I know why those fruit yogurt cups are so popular.  I hope you give this simple homemade version a try.  It's really delicious, with minimal work. The healthy aspect is a huge bonus.

All you need to prep the mango puree is your blender or food processor.  Place your mango pieces into the blender and add a splash or two of water to help it along. Taste and sweeten to your liking. Maybe you want it a little extra sweet to offset that tang from the plain yogurt. Or maybe like me, the puree is sweet enough as is and you don't need any sugar at all.
Store your mango puree in an airtight jar and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week for your parfaits.  It's simply delicious with the yogurt and I'm sure you can come up with other ways of using it, too.
How you want to layer your yogurt parfait is obviously up to you.  Maybe you want a lot of yogurt and just a little puree, a similar amount of each, or a heaping amount of mango puree and a bit of yogurt.  It doesn't have to be methodical.  Make it nice and neat if you're serving it to guests (it's pretty enough for guests, I think) or just layer with abandon like I did above and dig on in!  It's really good!


Recipe:

Mango-Yogurt Parfait
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Mango Puree:
1 cup mango chunks (from about 1 fresh mango or use frozen mango chunks, defrosted)
1 tablespoon water
Sugar or other sweetener, to taste and based on preference (you might use none or up to 2-3 tablespoons)

For each serving of parfait (these are suggested amounts; layer it on however you like):
1/4 cup mango puree
1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
Optional toppings: nuts such as toasted almonds, seeds, granola, crumbled biscotti, toasted coconut, etc.

To make mango puree, place mango chunks and water into a blender (or food processor) and process until smooth.  Taste and add sugar, if you'd like. Process again to combine the sugar, if using. Scrape puree into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.

To make parfait, layer 2 tablespoons of mango puree in a glass, top with 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt. Repeat with another layer. Sprinkle any topping of your choice on top and enjoy!





46 comments:

  1. I adore yogurt but honestly don't think to eat it all that often! Such a shame. This puree would have it on my brain constantly, though. I LOVE mangoes!

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    1. I never ate it until a few months ago. I'm not sure how long I'll be this into it but it does fill me up and make a good afternoon snack.

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  2. This is a great idea - I've stopped buying the greek yogurt with fruit in it (and just buy plain - I usually just add a little honey). But mango puree? Now that's a much better plan : ) Good to know that the frozen kind works too - especially for when mango is out of season!

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    1. It's really good with the bit of mango puree. Hope you try one day. Thanks!

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  3. yum, mangoes! i haven't gotten over them since florida, and i crave them daily. what a perfect snack.

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    1. It is a good simple snack. When I have some time, I'm going to start making and storing them in the fridge for the week!

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  4. Looks very inviting and delicious as well, Monica.

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  5. Looks so colorful and yummy. Love mangoes and yoghurt, perfect idea.

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    1. I do adore the color, too. We eat with our eyes first, right?

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  6. Perfect! Love the almonds on top for crunch.

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    1. I have a container of almonds in my cabinet all the time. It's my favorite topping, snack. : )

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  7. I love Trader Joe's frozen mango chunks! I use it all the time for smoothies. :) This parfait sounds divine! I love anything that's a cinch to make. Looks delicious Monica! Have a great day. :)

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    1. Yes, it's another thing to permanently add to my Trader Joe's shopping list. Thank you, Anne!

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  8. Monica, I just adore mangoes! This parfait looks gorgeous and love the combination of yogurt with it. I can read from your post that you also love mangoes so when ever you get a chance do check out my mango posts, especially "Aamras"

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    1. I will definitely check the recipes out, thanks!

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  9. Trader Joe's frozen mango chunks for the win! I love Greek yogurt too. I kinda wish I had a glass of this parfait right now!

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    1. Totally with you. Glad I caught on to the Trader Joe mangoes being good. I have you to thank for mentioning it on your blog!

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  10. I adore mangoes - combined with yogurt is heavenly!
    Yummm!
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

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  11. Mmm, what a tasty breakfast treat! I hate that I'm allergic to mangoes...they're SO GOOD!!!

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    1. Oh no - allergic to mangoes? Say it ain't so, Amy...

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  12. Great minds think alike! I'm glad we're both on the same page with mangoes. Frozen food has a stigma attached to it, but honestly it's the next-best thing to fresh in terms of nutrient content, since it's all preserved at the peak of ripeness/freshness. So no worries ;) Anyway, you can't tell when it's all blended up anyway. Wow, I could eat this dish for breakfast every day.

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    1. I've discovered the convenience of frozen veggies and fruit too. Love it and eat it all the time!

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  13. absolutely want this, love the color

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  14. What a simple and healthful treat. I love and adore mango. Can't wait to give this a try. It's good for breakfast, or anytime treat too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It's definitely simple and a good little thing to keep around in the fridge to have with yogurt.

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  15. How yummy! Anything with mangoes is my kind of dessert! (:

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  16. That's fantastic that you didn't have to add any sugar to it! Not only is it delicious but also healthy :)

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    1. I was pretty surprised by how sugar was in the recipe at first and I had a feeling I wouldn't need it. It really was sweet enough without it.

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  17. This parfait looks lovely! Not only do I love yogurt but I'm a huge fan of mango. I didn't grow up eating yogurt, but I fell in love with it in college. Now I eat it almost every day! Thank you for sharing Monica!

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    1. I didn't start with the yogurt until a few months ago, Monet. It's really grown on me. I've got to make some more mango puree soon.

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  18. Yummmy! I love, love, love Mangoes and glad to have found a kindred soul ! So glad you featured this delish mango yogurt parfait. Bookmarked this and will try it soon. Thanks for sharing and the nice blog visit!

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    1. haha - yes, a fellow mango fan! There are many of us, I think. : ) Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. What a beautiful and refreshing healthy breakfast idea! Good to know I have found another use for the frozen mango that is in my freezer, thanx for the great recipe :)

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    1. Thank you, Brooke. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  20. I'm just drooling here and enjoying the mango yogurt parfait... since I got allergic to mango recently I have to just enjoy it virtually... it sucks! I wish I could eat this in pre-mango-allergy days. Haha.

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    1. I'm so bummed about your new mango allergy. It makes me think I should eat more mangoes, just in case. Just don't think about it, Nami! :)

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    1. Love so rich but so light and healthy - I promise.

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    1. So easy, too. I haven't had time to make more but need to stock the fridge with more mango puree...

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  23. It looks good, Monica! Aside from being healthy, it's not that hard to make. I believe it's perfect for an everyday treat. I usually have my yogurt every after meal, but with your recipe, I'll definitely have a new and exciting treat to share with my colleagues.

    Joseph Carr @ Fresh And Healthy Brands

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