Apr 30
2013

Avocado Basil Greek Yogurt Parfaits {Giveaway}

in Avocado Sisters, Breakfast, Californian, Fruits & Vegetables

Avocado Basil Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share a savory yogurt parfait that is so simple that even your kids could whip it up.  (Just think breakfast in bed for mom!)  The parfait will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Beautiful California Hass Avocado

David Fairchild, an American botanist, once said that “the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.” Mr. Fairchild wouldn’t receive any arguments from the Fuji household, as we are all ardent avocado lovers.

Fujilings love their avocdos

Hass avocados, which are currently in season, contain more monounsaturated fats than many of the other varieties.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Studies show that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.”   Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including potassium, B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, lutein, potassium, and vitamin E.  All of those nutrients, plus the incredible creamy richness of the fruit, make the avocado a favorite around here, especially if they come from our friends at California Avocados Direct, an online store that ships freshly picked California avocados directly to your door!

California Avocados Direct

The avocados come from my avocado sister’s avocado ranch, and there is magic going on at that ranch, because these are easily the best avocados I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.  It helps that they hand pick each avocado for their gift boxes, so they only send out the best of the best.  When avocados are picked they are rock hard, making them the perfect fruit to ship, as they can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to ripen.

Cutting avocados

In April the oil content in avocados is lower than later in the season, and so the fruit will take longer to soften than later on when the oil content is higher.  Isn’t that cool?  Sorry, I’m such an avocado nerd, I can’t help myself!

Making Avocado Basil Greek Yogurt Parfaits

So here’s my recipe for Avocado Basil Greek Yogurt Parfaits.  And because I think avocados make the perfect Mother’s day gift, I’m partnering up with California Avocados Direct to give away a box of the most gorgeous jumbo Hass avocados.  Giveaway details after the recipe!

Enjoying an Avocado Basil Greek Yogurt Parfait

Print This Recipe

Avocado and Basil Greek Yogurt Parfait

Makes 2 servings

1 medium Hass avocado
1 meyer lemon
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (we like using Chobani)
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 fresh basil leaves

1. Cut the avocado into large chunks and sprinkle with the juice of the meyer lemon.

2. Split the Greek yogurt into two bowls. Top each bowl of yogurt with half of the avocado chunks, olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Tear the basil leaves into pieces and garnish the parfaits with the pieces. Serve.

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California Hass Avocados Giveaway

There will be one (1) lucky winner who will receive a Big & Tall gift box (box of 8 jumbo Hass avocados) from California Avocados Direct.

Rules: The giveaway will close Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:00 am PST.  The giveaway is open to readers with a US mailing address. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  To enter, please follow the steps below.  Good luck!!

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen April 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Looks so good- I love avocados and could put them on anything!

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Michelle April 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Sounds good!

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Rebecca April 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

How fascinating about the oil content! I love avocados. I’ve never tried a savory yogurt parfait, but this looks tasty.

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Geez Louise! April 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I want to eat this right now!

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Tanitra April 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I have an avocado almost everyday for breakfast with a splash of soy sauce.

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Denise April 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I seriously could eat avocados every day. So versatile.

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sara April 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

YUM, I love avocados so much!

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Jessica April 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Avocados with salsa are my new pregnancy craving… so good!

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Susana I. April 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

It looks good, and the jumbo avocados look really nice.

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Rust April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I am an avocado nut. Thanks!

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pam April 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

looks yummy, i’ve never had an avocado parfait before

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Jan R April 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Love avocados…PLEASE!

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Kalyn April 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Very interesting idea, love it!

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Mimi Holtz April 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

You are the most creative person I know …especially when it comes to avocados! Thanks for the sweet shout-out too…xoxo

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Claire April 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

TY for the chance!

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Mika April 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I LOVE avocados.

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Amy Tong April 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Love love love avocados! Can’t wait to make your Avocado basil greek yogurt parfaits. :) Loosks awesome!

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rei April 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Such a creative way to devour an avocado! Must try soon..

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Fuji Papa April 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Anything that involves avocado is good. Looks yummy.

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Kelly G April 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Looks so good. I love avocados!

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Clara April 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I love avocados :)

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Jean Layton April 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Avocados are my favorites. Love the idea of a yogurt parfait with herbs

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Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought April 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

You are speaking my language with this recipe.

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Jayne May 1, 2013 at 1:39 am

I’ve never thought of making savoury parfaits! With avocados, it makes so much sense. I wish I could win those gorgeous avocados. All the best to the others!

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Ilana May 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

I really love avocados!

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Kay May 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

Mmm, this looks delicious!

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Kim Porter May 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

I can think of no better present than a box of avocados!

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Morgan May 1, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Fuji Mama!

I’m so glad I found your site a bit ago. I even followed your method of making soymilk this past Monday in preparation for the Live Below the Line challenge (a charity effort where participants must live on $1.50 per day for five days. I’ve been blogging about my experience so far. You can check it out if you like at tantruminateacup.wordpress.com :)

I can’t wait to eat avocados again after this week of solidarity with 1.4 billion people who suffer in such poverty.

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Shelley May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hi, Rachael! Avocados are perfection! I just can’t pick out good ones from the store at all. These ones look beautiful.

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Rae May 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

This looks so good. Can’t wait to try it.

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rachel May 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

Avocados from CA are the best!

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scrapper al May 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the tip about ripening times. I had no idea the oil content changed throughout the season and affected ripening.

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Mildred May 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I love avocados and making my own guacamole. I’m working on one with an Asian spice pattern instead of a Mexian/Tex-Mex one.

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Rachel May 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Avocados are the best!

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nessa May 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

yummy avocados!!!

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Leslie May 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Love, love, love avocados!!!!!!

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Blessie Nelson May 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I am a firm believer in avocados and eat every week without fail. This would be wonderful to win! Thanks!

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Fuji Nana May 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Wow, this looks scrumptious. I’m going to try this one.

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Urban Wife May 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

There’s not much better than smashed avocado toast with Sriracha sauce.

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tk May 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

i’ve been loving avocados in desserts and smoothies this season!

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Crissy D. May 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

I eat an avocado almost everyday!

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D SCHMIDT May 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

My favorite avocado recipe is Avocado Cornbread Muffins Recipe

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meredith May 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I love your idea of yogurt parfaits! Avocados are the best

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BG May 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

I <3 avocados!

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Kenny May 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

California avocados are the best!

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Michael May 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I’m making this for breakfast tomorrow – can’ wait! Thanks for the great idea, Rachael!

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Maggy May 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I want to win some avocados for my birthday celebration – guacomole for the win!!!

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