Our usual high-fat, low-sugar yogurt was out of stock the other day, so my husband grabbed what he thought was the next best thing. To my horror, the replacement yogurt he purchased had 20 grams of sugar - in ONE SERVING!! This inspired me to research the upper limit of sugar consumption for kids. According to the American Heart Association, kids should consume 25 grams or less added sugars per day. Given this information, I started to rethink my 7-year-old daughter's daily breakfast yogurt parfait.
I ran the numbers for my Chocolate Pudding recipe and found that the sugars were comparable, and the pudding has more protein!
We typically serve Siggis Whole Milk Yogurt, which has 8 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein, which I think are pretty good numbers. We serve it with about a tablespoon of pureed strawberries and a tablespoon of Grain-Free Granola. The low-glycemic version of this recipe has less than 2 grams of sugar and almost 20 grams of protein. Now, Ava has morning parfait options. We like to switch it up, and she loves the idea of having pudding for breakfast!!
I also enjoy eating the Chocolate Pudding Parfait for my mid-day meal. It's delicious, chocolatey, and satisfies my mid-day chocolate cravings! After all, we grown-ups need to keep our sugar consumption low too.
You'll want to make this ahead as it takes at least 12 hours to firm up in the fridge. I use four small mason jars to premake single servings for the week. I also premake my strawberry puree (blend cleaned strawberries with a splash of vanilla and store them in the fridge).
This recipe uses Cacao, which is different from Cocoa. Both Cocoa and Cacao powders start from the beans of the Cacao plant. Cocoa is made by fermenting and roasting the cacao beans at very high temperatures, which depletes the nutrients of the finished product, and Cocoa is oftentimes packaged with additives. In contrast, Cacao powder is minimally processed with no additives and has a higher nutritional value. I purchase my Organic Cacao Powder from Trader Joe's.
I use Maple Syrup in the regular recipe. You can adjust the maple syrup here to your taste. We find that 3 tablespoons is almost too sweet. You can omit the maple syrup and add 3-4 drops of liquid stevia instead for a low-glycemic option.
I hope you enjoy this recipe - Comment below if you try it, and let me know what you think!
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