Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl Recipe

I'm hoping this breakfast sets the tone for my entire day. I love the pretty pomegranate swirls intertwined with ribbons of a Turkish black pine honey a friend gave to me. There are little puffed BBs of quinoa, toasted sunflower seeds, some bee pollen, and creamy clouds of Greek yogurt. It was a fluke, with everything just falling into place after I reached for the pomegranate juice leftover from my ongoing juicing experiment. So, for today, just a quick hi, and hopefully a bit of inspiration to make your next breakfast special.

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I can imagine cooking down a bunch of the fresh pomegranate juice to make a thick homemade pomegranate molasses the next time around, although I love the brightness of the fresh juice and the way it tangles with the honey and yogurt.

Here's an ironic update - not two hours after writing this, I lobbed off a good chunk of my thumb using a mandolin. I hesitate to say, if you want to see it, I posted a pic to instagram (@heidijswanson), but you're much better off not looking. It's tres ugh. Maybe I was getting a bit cavalier, I've just never had trouble with my mandolin before - it's always the serrated knife that gets me. So, just a heads-up out there - the mandolin is scary (same goes for the hand blenders, apparently). Stay safe! xo

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl

HS: After some experimenting with the juicer, I think pomegranates are best juiced by hand. Use a basic citrus reamer and juice it as you would an orange. Strain, and you're set.

For each bowl:
a big dollop of Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate juice
a drizzle of honey
a handful of puffed quinoa crisps (or other cereal/granola)
sprinkling of toasted sunflower seeds

optional: whole pomegranate seeds or fresh/dried rose petals, a bit of bee pollen

This is written for an individual bowl, but I'm absolutely going to make a big, family-style version of this for the next brunch I have. In a shallow bowl swirl the pomegranate juice and honey into the yogurt just a bit, sprinkle with cereal, and sunflower seeds, and then finish with the rose petal and bee pollen (of you're using those).

Serves 1.

Prep time: 5 min

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This yogurt mix sounds delicious and is visually arresting with those large vivid brush strokes of pomegranate juice and sprinkling of toppings. I had a mandolin injury too. It's been three years since I have used one. They are indeed scary.

Christine @ Fresh

I am so sorry to hear about your thumb! I injured mine badly 5 years ago and have not touched my mandolin since! I hope you heal up quickly...and the pom-yogurt bowl is so pretty. Perfect color for Valentine's Day :)

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I sliced off a large part of my middle finger last summer using a mandolin to make a summer squash salad. After returning home from the ER, I promptly through away the mandolin and I haven't missed that tool since!

Recipe looks delicious...can't wait to try.


I love using fresh juiced concoctions in everything! this combo is a beauty. And yes, mandolins are super dangerous!! hope your thumb is alright!

Fig + Fauna

My next breakfast will be special - after breakfast I'm going to see our president's second inauguration and then attend the Inaugural Ball. I will definitely need a good breakfast to get me through the day - this yogurt bowl seems like just the thing! Thanks, Heidi - and fee better!


I think yogurt is the perfect start to the day. I like mine in a similar fashion, simple, unsweetened or lightly sweetened, with only light embellishments.


Sense of Home Kitchen

This looks beautiful! I'm so sorry about your thumb. I ordered a special glove on amazon for dealing with graters and peelers of all kinds to avoid this very thing.


I think a (visually) beautiful bowl like this puts my mind in a good space for the rest of the day - so lovely to look at, and just as nutritious to eat. I love your idea also about reducing the pomegranate juice!

Addy @ Six-Kick Switch

This kind of breakfast is what I always aspire to have. You can find fresh pomegranate juice easily in Bangkok - from many of the street vendors. I never thought to put in with my yoghurt though and now I will have to try!


Heidi- this is absolutely stunning! Definitely a beautiful way to start the day. And so sorry about your thumb, YIKES.

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

Pretty in pink! This looks like a lovely breakfast. I hope your thumb heals quickly- it's just awful to have an injured digit when you're trying to cook. :(

la domestique

Ow! Look after it - it would be your thumb of course. I like NicoleH's idea of a slicer glove.

Tricia Rose

oh, heidi! you poor, poor thing.

i gave my mandoline away, last year, after letting it sit in my basement for years, unopened. i do still have a benriner, which i love, and which somehow seems a little less threatening. probably false security.

here's to a speedy recovery, and soft comforting things along the way.



I'm so sorry to hear about your thumb. As chance would have it, I just cut my thumb in the same way last weekend, saw the same NYTimes article, and officially gave away my mandolin as too dangerous for me.


Ouch, that picture of your thumb sure made me wince - you took a fair chunk out!


Hi! Have you tried juicing a persimmon? I used some persimmons last week to make spice cakes & baked granola, but I have even more now to play with! See!

I'd love to be able to juice them, which would be much less time consuming then baking again. Thanks!

Diane @ Vintage Zest

This looks like a breakfast from heaven to me!
Tell me about injured thumbs! I got a serrated knife from my mom for Christmas and I already cut my thumb twice. :( I have a mandolin too, but have never used it actually (got it from friends who got rid of pretty much all their stuff when they moved from Belgium to Canada). Maybe I shouldn't :)
Hope your thumb heals quickly!


Looks absolutely perfect and yummy.. thanks for the healthy recipe :)

Hari Chandana

This is a beautiful bowl of colour. I love quinoa pops and have them with my yoghurt all the time. Sorry to hear about your thumb. I did the exact same thing with a sharp knife and it was a horrible experience! I always use my mandolin with an element of fear. I hope it gets better soon.


This looks just gorgeous! I love the idea of juicing the pomegranate and topping with rose petals - heavenly. Sorry about your accident with the mandolin... it happens so easily. I teach cooking to children and warn them that it's the most dangerous tool in the kitchen. Even with a hand guard it's scary to watch them use it and I always breathe a sigh of relief when it's safely back in the cupboard!


Tried it this morning, and it was really great! Thanks so much for the idea! :D


This is pretty much my perfect kind of breakfast.

PS I hope your thumb heals quickly, those mandolines can be so tricky.


Oh dear! Battle scars...good thing you had a healthy breakfast!

Belinda @zomppa

What a gorgeous breakfast! I love your bowl. This is making me ashamed of this morning's two cups of coffee and rifle through the box of chocolates sitting tantalisingly on our kitchen counter.

Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog

You and your thumb are quite the survivors! I hope that your thumb heals quickly and smoothly!

When I was visiting my mom over the holidays she gave me her mandolin as she never uses it. I was planning on bringing it home with me, but my suitcase got stuffed faster than I had anticipated so I left it with her. And after seeing that photo, I'm glad I did. As much as I want to make homemade root vegetable chips, I'm afraid of mandolins.

On a less bloody and scary note, what a beautiful breakfast! Thank you for the inspiration! Do you puff the quinoa crisps yourself, or do you buy them puffed!


I have been eating this breakfast a lot lately! I use regular cooked quinoa though... need to get my hand on puffed!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Mama mia!! This looks DELICIOUS!
Thanks for sharing :)

Lucy Wilkinson

this does look like a great way to start the day...and I hope your injury isn't too bad!

Simply Life

This looks lovely! My brother and I clubbed together to buy my Mum a lovely mandoline last Christmas after she asked for one. She cut herself the first time she used it and can't even think about it now.


OMG its beautiful


Amazing breakfast inspiration! Awww I hope your thumb gets better soon :)
Best wishes!


What a beautiful breakfast! This would be a great start to any day!

Little Kitchie

Thanks Heidi for this beautiful yogurt recipe, I love the color combination and how the pomegranate juice brings it all together. So sorry to hear about your mandoline incident. It is a great tool to use especially for Raw food and thin slices but it can be dangerous indeed. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Ketmala Phoumalavong

I absolutely love, love, love pomegranates but have never tried juicing one. Definitely will try this. Also, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen

I'm so sorry to hear about your thumb, recover fast|
About this amazing bowl: have you ever tried fresh bee pollen? It's soft like cotton, sweet like honey and just amazing.
Spread on bread with a thin layer of butter: it's the real deal.
It's not easy to find but if you happen to know a beekeeper you can ask for some during spring/summer!


Sorry about your thumb, get well soon!

The bowl looks yummy, and just solved my "I have yogurt and a pomegranate, how could I turn this into a creative breakfast?" problem :)


I once cut off the tip of my finger trying to cut a pineapple. It's the worst. Hope your finger is healing!!

Laura @FoodSnobSTL

Healthy & yummy....:-)


Just out of curiosity, where do you find puffed quinoa? I've been able to find puffed sorghum and rice at my local Indian market, but I've never seen puffed quinoa. Looks really delicious.

HS: Hi Meg - a lot of the natural foods stores around here carry it - in the bins, and also (pretty sure) the cereal aisle, boxed. Worth seeking out!


I was so terrified of my mandolin, I got rid of it and bought a food processor off Craigslist.


I was just looking at the last of the pom's off my neighbors tree that he was nice enough to share with us. Great inspiration and love the simplicity, wonderful flavors for the morning.
Sorry about your thumb, that's why they call them Finger Slicers.... ouch, hope you are recovering from it.


Sorry about your thumb! The yogurt looks delicious!


This looks phenomenal! I've never tried bee pollen, i'm excited to see how it goes!

Kait @ ChickadeeSays

You have NO IDEA how happy I was to hear that I'm not alone in my immersion blender...impairment. I nearly lost my finger to one a few years ago when I tried to make hummus with it; I haven't touched the thing since (in fact, I re-gifted it to my mother) and now harbour a deep-seated fear of any cooking utensil with exposed blades ;)

vanessa sheren

Miss Heidi, I saw that picture, and you need stitches. Pro tip: pediatric ER CPMC near arguello and off California has to serve you even though you are an adult, and they do a lot of stitches.

HS: thanks Caroline :) The photo is at a bit of a weird angle. The consensus on this end was there's nothing to stitch - its just gone. Just keeping it clean, and thankfully it's already looking quite a bit better.


James Martin of Saturday Kitchen (here in the UK) took the top of his thumb off just before going live - he ended up in A&E! Look after your thumb!
Love the breakfast. Clare


What a beautiful way to start the day!


Obviously I was compelled to immediately check out the thumb photo...UGH!!!!!! That breakfast looks lovely.


My husband just made a very similar yogurt bowl for a low-key dinner last night! Greek yogurt with pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, hemp seeds, pear slices, clementine juice, almond slices, and honey. Delish! I had to smile when I saw this pop up this morning!


This recipe looks delicious...thank you. Just another vote for a mesh glove. I got one after I cut myself pretty badly using our mandoline. Now I never slice without it -- and I still enjoy those delicious paper thin slices of veggies in salads! I got my glove at the Sur La Table in the Ferry building while in SF for work, but have seen them online as well. Happy healing, Heidi!


A beautiful punch of fun for my morning taste buds! Thank you for sharing with us.

Julie Coppin

Love the refreshed look!


This looks delicious and all the flavors tie together so well. Saw the picture of your thumb. Hope your injury heals soon.

Simple Sustenance

Yikes! You weren't kidding when you said "a chunk." There's nothing there to stitch up, is there? So sorry. Any tool like a mandolin that slides and slices via hand power gives me pause.

On the other hand, you allude to that recent New York Times article about the "danger" of immersion blenders? I've got to say that I agree with the majority of commenters on that article who scoffed at anyone who would clear a jam or try to clean the blade by putting their fingers into the business end of a cutting tool with their other hand on the switch while the tool is still plugged into the electricity. Yes, that is courting danger; a Safety 101 No-No.


So sorry about your thumb, Heidi! Just scratched to mandolin off my wish list (it's been on the list for quite a while be ause of my fear of sharp tools that may get the better of me! I rarely use the food processor my daughter gave me...whirling blades freak me out. My immersion blender? Not too scary as I try to pay strict attention and unplug it once it's done it's job. But am thinking maybe ditching it after this post?)


My first experience with my mandolin was one that also shaved skin so I bought safety gloves. Great purchase! Won't go near the mandolin without them.


Such wholesome, gorgeous flavors! Pomegranates, molasses, yoghurt, honey are such big staples in Turkish cuisine, we love it , so versatile too,. Yours look delicious:) Ozlem

Ozlem's Turkish Table

I am so sorry to hear about your thumb! hope it heals soon and you are not in much discomfort. Sending you healing energy Love this recipe! trying it with whole seeds ;-)


May I extoll the virtues of the "cut resistant glove" used in tandem with a mandolin? It stains a little weirdly orange when I grip a peeled carrot, but has kept all my digits intact while using the mandolin sans-guard (and cleans up pretty well afterward).


Yowch, lady, buy thyself a cut resistant glove!


I hope your finger heals soon. Take care.


Oh owwwww.....so sorry to hear about your thumb. Sending healing wishes!


I love the mandoline but I've sliced my fingers raw more than once. They are scary! I hope you heal quickly. All the best.


darlin'--saw the photo; it looks like you need stitches.


I just finished a bowl of greek yogurt swirled with pomegranate juice, seeds and homedmade granola with maple syrup, when I sat down and opened your e-mail! Beautiful picture. Healing wishes to you!

christy piwowarczyk

Sounds like something I would do (and totally have!). I just want to say that I LOVE your blog! My mother stumbled upon it one day while looking for some gluten-free recipes. She promptly e-mailed the link with the title: YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS - IT'S TOTALLY YOU! And two years later it suffices to say that it IS totally me! I love how many recipes use things you have around the house and not things I have to go to a specialty store to get! I'm a graduate student and don't have a fat wallet so I definitely appreciate some easy, healthy, and delicious recipes! Plus I just love your writing style and your photos! Keep up the good work and all the best!

HS: Thanks for the kind note Katie - give your mom a big hug for me :) xo


pomegranate and yogurt both of these are my favorite so I will must try it, thank you for sharing :)

man and van

Is it weird that I totally want to email you the photo from this past November when I sliced off two finger tips with a mandolin? I took a photo a week after my ER trip and it was seriously disgusting how much finger I sliced with a mandolin!!

My skin has just completely healed last week and they look normal, but they still feel incredibly weird. Typing is so strange and they are still sensitive to the cold! :/

Hope your fingers heal soon! Spread the word --- be careful with a mandolin ha! :)


Beautiful photographs! Greek yogurt with honey and pomegranate is one of my favorite combinations, but alas, I can no longer eat quinoa. I don't know if you're familiar with this, but one can develop a rather nasty allergy (horrible nausea and severe cramping) to quinoa over time.
Any way, I love your blog and look forward to each new posting. Thanks for all the inspiration!


The breakfast looks wonderful.

So sorry to hear about your accident. Oh gosh, no photo for me. Didn't even read the other comments. Too squeamish. Hope it heals well and soon.


Yes, a $4000 trip to the emergency room after a mandolin incident forced me to retire mine as I lost all faith in using it safely after slicing off part of a forefinger.


Hi Heidi, I was wondering where the beautiful plates are from in your pictures! Thanks,

HS: Hi Tal - thank you! I pick up a lot of my plates and bowls second-hand or at flea markets / yard sales, or when I travel.


OK, you've probably heard this from others...same thing happened to me. Bought the cut-resistant glove with a core of steel and no problems! Flexible and easy to use. Found it at Sur la Table.


I had the same thing happen to me with my index finger. I sliced the top off. I hate hospitals s much, I held the to severed slices of flesh together knowing that my body would heal the wound. It did. Beautifully. The only problem was that the top of my finger healed with my nail on the wrong side. My finger tip was backwards!! I had to go to emergency and they soaked it so that they could prize the two apart and put them back on the right way round. We suffer for our art!!


I'm so sorry you cut yourself. If you can find some manuka honey, and pack the wound with it after cleaning then wrap up, and repeat every day that stuff is amazing at healing tissue...better than neosporin. Hugs and be well.


Thank you so much for posting this! It is gorgeous and has been consuming my thoughts all day (including through work and a long workout). It was a great inspiration and I had to improvise a few of the ingredients. I drizzled my Greek yogurt with elderberry concentrate and raw unstrained honey, then tossed in a handful of organic crisped rice cereal. My new favorite dessert!!!! I had to remove myself from the kitchen so I didn't eat another (shhhh...third!) bowl...Gorgeous, simple, delicious, healthy....quintessential 101 Cookbooks material :)


I love your photographs. I was reading your posts about your photography and I saw in this one that you use an instant camera.
I love it! Have you done any polaroid transfers? I did some in college and I'd love to get back into it.

HS: Hi Justina - I've never done any transfers, although many of the ones I've seen are beautiful. There are definitely some tutorials out there.


This is just too yummy. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!!!


Sorry about your thumb - I'll pass on the gory detail (photo) because I know the look. I recently took a crescent slice from above down into my index fingernail slicing carrots with my trusty sharp knife. I was lucky, I felt there was a difference - the feeling was not that of carrot so I stopped short of going into the quick. Finger position was correct up until that split second when it wasn't. We must be ever vigilant when using sharp objects! Ouch...and again, sorry for your pain!


Oh no - I'm sorry to hear about your thumb. I hope it's healing well!! Love the idea of using freshly made juice to make a thick molasses to top yogurt. :)

Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit

Don't you love the feeling when you see a recipe (and more likely than not its lovely photos) and it strikes you as the inspirational for something totally different? I have a coconut curd tart in my mind's eye now... swirled with streaks of vivid pomegranate juice and dappled with pomegranate seeds!


I would love a little of that right now! Hope your finger gets better quickly...


Rocky Mountain Woman

This sounds great - I will try it tonight. Sorry to hear about your finger. As for the pomegranate juice, my Champion Juicer does an incredible job of separating the small seeds from the berries - I get almost a cup of juice from each pomegranate. I just learnt how to get the berries out. Cut the top off, cut about 6 slits through the skin most the way round, soak in water for 10 minutes in a medium bowl, then break it apart in the water. The berries sink and the pith floats. It is awesome juice.


The colours are so pretty! And yikes... hope your finger gets better. Mandolins are scary monsters.


What a coincidence. In the process of writing about my experience with the mandoline-making scalloped potatoes. Never was much of a fan but I learned to love it. Two things: use the guard and don't worry about the minor food waste: if your mandoline didn't come with a guard or you choose to tough it out use the heel of your hand, the thick part along your thumb, to move the food up and down. You'll do less damage because this area has thicker skin as opposed to delicate finger tips. And stop when you get down to just a little bit of the item. The yogurt looks lovely.


We all have a few battle-scars on our fingers and thumbs, too, but the worst one was when I PASSED OUT after a near thumb-dissection, trying to cut a raw mango at the age of 10yrs!

As for the honey - yummmm. Reminds me of when we bought a couple kilos of a much-vetted walnut-blossom honey from some highland plateaus in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The thick, treacly honey lasted us a long time and tasted almost medicinal.


Just laughing at myself for my typing error: meant to say 'much-coveted' but skipped the 'co' altogether and then hit 'post' button before correcting. Never mind :D


What a gorgeous yoghurt bowl! I'm a little addicted to Greek yoghurt at the moment and have been enjoying all sorts of combinations of yoghurt and fruit for lunch. The black pine honey sounds really interesting. Is it an intense honey?

As for your mandolin accident, I did the same thing 2 weeks out from my wedding on my ring finger, so I can sympathise.

Jennifer @ Delicieux

Looks heavenly - will certainly make that my next breakfast since yogurt is a mainstay. Just looking at the intense pomegranate color warms my soul. As usual your earthenware pottery is so beautiful.


Simple, beautiful and delicous, I´m sure!


Hi, Rather than a comment this is a question, about oatcakes - I couldn't find an email address on your website. Recently, I bought 2 of your books and am enjoying them immensely. I had been trying to make oatcakes with limited success. So when I saw your recipe for Oatcakes, and read your intro, I totally knew what you meant about dry oatcakes, that fell to bits when you merely looked at them.
Today, on a hot NZ summer day, I have tried the recipe for the first time - they are excellent, so thank you! But you make no comment about their keeping ability. How long do you think they would keep in an airtight tin? Or would it be better to freeze them? Thanks in anticipation of an answer to my question and also for your inspiration. Regards, Kaye.

HS: Hi Kaye, I typically keep them in a tin or just out on the counter if I think we'll eat/share them over the next day or two. Haven't tried freezing them, but can imagine it might work o.k. - perhaps let them defrost and then re-heat in a hot oven for a bit? Happy to hear you like them!


LOVE this mix of flavors! So unique. Your pictures are gorgeous, as usual :)

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

Yikes. I've always been afraid of mandolins for precisely that reason. Hope it wasn't too bad and that it heals quickly.


Ouch! I co-owned a cookware store for a decade and we always warned our customers when they bought a mandolin. They are dangerous! Hope you have healed. Love this recipe, so beautifully simple!

Lizzy (Good Things)

Yikes! Looks like it was worth the pain though - almost too pretty to eat!

NZ Vegan

Ouch! I will not go look because I can only imagine! I have always been afraid of my mandolin, I once cut myself on a paper cutter in high school and it still haunts me, ha ha! There are some special gloves so you don't cut yourself on a knife, I've seen them on Amazon, maybe worth checking out for future reference! :)


One of my favourite snacks is half a pomegranate in yogurt, with hemp seed, raw cacao powder, and a handful of raw pumpkin seeds and almonds. So good, it's like a healthy pudding.


hello,in Iran,where I live, pomegranate juice is boiled down to a syrupy consistency and used in different dishes,the best known of all is fesenjoon,a mixture of pomegranate juice,ground walnuts and meat or poultry and served with rice.


I love the beauty and simplicity of this recipe. The color of pomegranates is so bold and vivid, a little bit makes any dish better.

Debra Shigley

This is beautiful!!! I never thought to mix some of these ingredients together.

Priscilla Basilio

I'm not a Greek yogurt fan, but just from the description of this recipe, totally makes me want to try it.

Gwen Jones

This looks simply incredible!
I now want to head out and buy pomegranate juice to make myself a bowl, will do that tomorrow for sure :o)


Hey Heidi
Just read your post where you cut your finger on the mandoline....ouch!! Bit late to tell your this - however maybe pass this on to others.....dried Turmeric sprinkled on a fresh cut stops the bleeding & also is antiseptic....pile it on - but be aware it stains - so gently wrap a fresh tissue or soft bandage around it till it stabilizes. Great site - thanks for the creative recipes - my daughter in Spain (Sitges) sent me your site. Go Girls!!!

Dianne Rennie

Wow!! Tried it this morning. That's a definite keeper. Thank you!


Looks and sounds delicious! I love pomegranate!


I love following your blog (and your book!). I'm planning a bay area wedding (from afar), and it occurred to me you might have some suggestions for a venue with exceptional food (to serve up to 100). We both love local, organic fare and would rather pay for exceptional food than a huge venue rental fee. I look forward to any suggestions you may have! Thank you :)


Quinoa plus greek yogurt, what a winning combo. I like the pomegranate juice too. As a bodybuilder, this is a superb recipe. Quinoa provides good carbs for muscle growth, and is higher in protein than oats or rice. Thanks for sharing this.

Pat Sutherland

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