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Quinoa, Fresh Fig and Honey-Balsamic Parfait

This quinoa yogurt parfait is special to me because of its wholesome ingredients. Quinoa is gluten-free, which is good for those who have food allergies, like my daughter. And I love fresh ripe figs when they are in season. Enjoy this for breakfast or dessert. —Dawn Hutchins, St. Johns, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 fresh figs, quartered
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) vanilla yogurt

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, place vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 1-2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  • In a small bowl, mix cooked quinoa, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Layer half of quinoa mixture, half of honey, balsamic vinegar, half of figs and half of yogurt into 4 parfait glasses. Top with remaining quinoa mixture, honey, yogurt and figs.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Any leftover reduced vinegar can be saved for a later use, such a drizzling over salad with a little goat cheese.
  • Substitute granola for quinoa.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 parfait: 272 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.

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