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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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).


I am so sorry to hear about your thumb! hope it heals soon and you are not in much discomfort. Sending you healing energy


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

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.


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?)


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.


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

Simple Sustenance

Love the refreshed look!


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

Julie Coppin

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!


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!


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


What a beautiful way to start the day!


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


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.


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

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

Kait @ ChickadeeSays

Sorry about your thumb! The yogurt looks delicious!


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.


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


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