Celebrate the flavors of the holiday with this delicious, highly nutritious gingerbread Greek yogurt bowl, topped with diced pear, cranberries and crushed walnuts.
It’s gingerbread season, so this week, I decided to make a new recipe to celebrate the flavors of the season. A few years ago, I made gingerbread protein truffles. They’re one of my favorite treats to make at Christmas, but admittedly a little time intensive. That’s why this year, I decided to make something simple.
If you follow my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt bowls. There are so many ways to make a flavorful bowl, and you just can’t beat the nutritional value. And, you can make a flavorful, nutritious bowl in just a few minutes.
This year, I decided to make a gingerbread flavored Greek yogurt bowl. I got out my spices and started experimenting. After a few tries, I nailed the perfect gingerbread flavor.
How To Make A Gingerbread Flavored Greek Yogurt Bowl
This gingerbread Greek yogurt bowl is so easy to make. All you need is plain Greek yogurt, molasses and spices. I used a combination of ground cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. If you don’t have these spices at home, and don’t want to buy each one individually, you can also use gingerbread spice. It will have a similar flavor, but the gingerbread spice is sold with all of the different spices already blended together.
To make this bowl, all you have to do is combine the spices, molasses and Greek yogurt in a bowl and stir it until everything is completely combined. That’s it! You have gingerbread flavored Greek yogurt. It will have a beautiful gingerbread color and you’ll be able to see the variety of spices throughout the yogurt.
To add some texture, I topped it with crushed walnuts, diced dried cranberries and some diced pear. The toppings make it look pretty and festive, too
What Makes A Gingerbread Yogurt Bowl So Healthy?
Greek yogurt bowls are one of my go-to snacks because it’s filling and loaded with a wide variety of nutrients. Greek yogurt alone is a great source of high-quality protein and is a great source of calcium and potassium. But, it’s the spices in this bowl that may deliver the most nutritional benefits.
In addition to adding flavor to food, many spices contain antioxidants – those powerful compounds in food that help protect against harmful free radicals that can destroy healthy cells. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg have all been studied for their potential health benefits, Cinnamon, in particular, has been shown to have a positive impact on cardiovascular health, with potential cholesterol-lowering benefits. Ginger has been shown to be beneficial for nausea and vomiting, metabolic syndrome and pain. While the research showing the specific health benefits of these spices is on-going, they are thought to have
I topped this gingerbread Greek yogurt bowl with some crushed walnuts, which are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega 3 fatty acid. I also added a few tablespoons of fruit, diced pears and a few dried cranberries.
Calories And Nutrition Facts For Gingerbread Greek Yogurt Bowl
This gingerbread Greek yogurt bowl is absolutely packed with nutrition! The recipe makes a one-cup serving and contains 250 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of added sugars, 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 24 grams of protein and only 85 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 20% of the daily value for calcium, 6% of the daily value for iron and 10% of the daily value for potassium.
Have a bowl for breakfast or make one as an afternoon or evening snack. For a higher calorie bowl, add some granola or crumble 5-6 ginger snaps or other flavored crunchy biscuit into the mix. It also goes great paired with a bowl of Tuscan Turkey, Bean & Butternut Squash Stew or butternut squash bisque.
If you like Greek yogurt bowls, check out my other seven balanced Greek yogurt and smoothie bowls.
Gingerbread Greek Yogurt Bowl
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1/8 tsp groung nutmeg
- 1/8 ground allspice
- 1/4 ground cinnamon
- 1/8 ground ginger
- 1 tbsp crushed walnuts (topping)
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries, diced (topping)
- 1/4 fresh pear, diced (topping)
- Combine the Greek yogurt, molasses and spices in a bowl and stir until completely combined. Top with diced pear, diced walnuts and diced cranberries then sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Recipe Makes: 1 cup
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Nutrition Facts: 250 calories, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 2 g added sugars, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 85 mg sodium, 20% DV for calcium, 6% DV for iron, 10% DV for potassium.
- Meal Planning Servings: 2 CHO + 3 PRO + 1 FAT
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Yum and a great source of protein!