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 minutes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!

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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
  • 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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