Welcome to the new Chard in Charge series, the Thursday Three! This weekly series will focus on THREE INGREDIENT RECIPES. Not boring recipes, but flavorful and seasonal three ingredient recipes! You don’t have to have a lot of ingredients or fancy equipment to make nourishing food and that’s exactly what this series aims to highlight. Keep in mind oil, water, salt and pepper will always be “freebies” since they’re pretty staple ingredients for cooking and won’t count in the total of three. First up is a simple berry compote kefir parfait for this inaugural series post – a delicious breakfast, snack, or probiotic rich dessert!
A compote is a simple French recipe traditionally of cooked fruit and sugar, however in my recipe we’re omitting the added sugar and letting the fruit be the sweetness on it’s own. Frozen or fresh berries work perfectly in this recipe, and any combination desired. I decided to use frozen mulberries harvested from a neighbor’s yard last Spring, because my freezer is full of them and I love finding new ways to use this lesser known berry.
But a mixture of strawberries and blackberries would be amazing too!
To assemble the parfaits, I’m using one of my favorite drinkable yogurts – Lifeway Kefir, but Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr would be great too for a creamier, thicker parfait. If you’re unfamiliar with kefir, check out this post here. A cup serving of Lifeway provides 15-20 billion CFUs of both live and active cultures. These are the gut healthy probiotics or “good bacteria” the body needs for immune system support, healthy digestion, and synthesis of certain vitamins.
side note…just wanted to keep it real here. Because food blogging IS NOT glamorous like it’s oftentimes reflected as on social media. Foam board reflectors fall over, spoons go flying, and messes are made. This is just a glimpse of what happened on Monday while I was shooting these kefir and mulberry compote parfaits.
Thankfully, I got a few mess-free photos before the disaster. Isn’t it a beautiful mess, though?!
- 1 cup frozen or fresh berries (mulberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or any combo)
- 2 Tablespoons water, as needed
- 1 cup plain kefir, divided
- 4 teaspoons your favorite granola, divided (I love Udi's)
- In a small saucepan, heat berries over medium heat. If you are using fresh berries, you will want to add the water to prevent the berries from burning to the bottom of the pan. Cover saucepan and cook until berries begin to bubble.
- Remove lid and gently mash with a wooden spoon or fork. Continue cooking an additional 5 minutes, occasionally muddling or mashing the berries to combine.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a clean jar and cool. When cooled and ready to serve, layer half the berry compote on the bottom of two clean jars or small bowls, top each with 1/2 cup of kefir, and garnish each with 2 teaspoons of granola. Enjoy while chilled or store in the fridge.
Hope you enjoy this simple berry compote which would be AMAZING over ice cream or waffles, just sayin’. See? Three ingredient recipes can be beautiful, flavorful, and even feel a little bit fancy!