Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl Recipe

A simple breakfast bowl made with Greek yogurt, fresh pomegranate juice, puffed quinoa cereal, toasted sunflower seeds, and honey.

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl

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

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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 minutes

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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.


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

Hari Chandana

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!


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


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.


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. xo, molly


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

Tricia Rose

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

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

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

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

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

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!


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

Sense of Home Kitchen

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 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

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 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

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

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