We have another instalment of Haute Arabia Ramadan Recipes. Today we have a very light and easy recipe, a Coconut Yogurt Parfait packed with fruits and seeds. It is great for breaking the fast and for suhur (meal before fasting), and can be made ahead, simply store in the fridge until you are ready to eat it. See below for the recipe and benefits of each ingredient.
Yogurt, I used Coconut yogurt, but any type is just as good.
Granola, you can use a store bought one or try this recipes here.
Honey or Agave Nectar
Firstly, add the yogurt to a bowl or cup and add the rest of the ingredients layer by layer. You can add the rest of the ingredients in anyway that you want, and you can even do multiple layers. After adding the yogurt, I added the granola, dates, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and desiccated coconut, and drizzled some honey on top.
Some benefits of the ingredients
Yogurt has been found to contain many nutrients such as calcium and magnesium, which are good for the bones and teeth. They also aid digestion as they contain probiotics and can even have you feeling fuller for longer. Granola is a mix of oats, seeds and dried fruit all of which are great for you as they contain vitamins and nutrients. They also aid digestion as they contain fibre. The main ingredient in granola are oats which provide an energy boost. Dates are a tradition in Ramadan, and they have many benefits, breaking with dates helps with overeating upon breaking the fast. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of plant based omega-3s, magnesium and iron, and may also stabilise blood sugar levels. Pomegranates contain many vitamins and there are clinical studies that have suggested that they are effective in the treatment of heart diseases. Coconut is a seed with many benefits, from the oil, which is used in cooking and beauty treatments, to the meat, which provides vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Honey and agave Nectar are great sugar alternatives. Honey has a thicker consistency, whilst agave nectar has a runnier consistency. There is an ongoing debate on which of them is better, it has been suggested that agave nectar is better, but either of them should suffice.
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