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We are used to thinking of chocolate when it comes to dessert: cookies, cake, mousse, pudding, or a nice chunk of a really good bar. Whatever the form, chocolate is almost always the perfect finale to any meal (we admit to being a little biased here, but you do agree, don't you?).
Yet our love for the cocoa bean sometimes inspires us to find ways to fit it into other parts of the day as well, and it occurred to us that it's time cocoa takes a rightful place in that so-called MVP of meals: breakfast. Sure, you've probably had pain au chocolat, that meltingly delicious combination of buttery pastry and chocolate. Maybe you are a morning mocha sipper, or perhaps you have fond memories of childhood bowls of Cocoa Puffs, the tan-hued milk at the bottom of the bowl steeped with the chocolatey goodness of those soggy, nutritionally vapid, delicious morsels. These things are a start, but we have higher hopes for chocolate at the breakfast table. We'd like to free the cocoa bean from the sugary chains that have bound it to the sweet pastry and cereal end of the breakfast spectrum. We think the nib is just the thing.
The humble nib, as we've mentioned many times before, is the heart of the roasted cocoa bean, the raw material of our chocolate. Nibs are a little rough around the edges and can be difficult to get to know but they contain the true character of the chocolate that they become—perhaps not unlike you before you get dressed and ready for work in the morning. What does a nib taste like? That depends on whom you ask. But we think that nibs often reflect the flavors of their tropical growing regions, such as coffee, banana, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg. So we've created a breakfast that pairs nibs with these complementary flavors, and we've also included spicy-sweet ginger, which the Facebook fans among you will recognize as one of the contestants in the recent voting contest to choose the next flavor addition to our Classic bar line.
This yogurt parfait is made for weekday enjoyment. It requires just the tiniest bit of chopping and assembly on your part and is ready in minutes, because we know that although breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, most of us have trouble finding the time to make it that. Plus, it has all the satisfying texture you would find in a really excellent restaurant dessert—creamy, crunchy, chewy, smooth—yet it is savory enough to indulge in first thing in the morning, and you may even have the ingredients already in your pantry. No time to sit down at home for breakfast? No problem: simply assemble in a jar, secure the lid, and tote it with you to your desk, or wherever your work may take you. Good morning!
Nibby Yogurt Parfait
6 oz plain yogurt
2 tsp Theo roasted cacao nibs
1 3-inch segment of banana, diced
2 dates, chopped into small pieces
1-2 chunks of crystallized ginger, chopped into small pieces
2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey, or to taste
Ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg, for sprinkling
Scoop half of the yogurt into a bowl (or jar). Sprinkle with half of the nibs, banana, dates, ginger, and maple syrup. Top with the other half of the yogurt and the sprinkle on the rest of the nibs, banana, dates, ginger, and maple syrup. Finish with a generous dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
Makes one serving.