Sometimes a recipe comes along that just has it all – easy, healthy, quick, and gorgeous. The kind of recipe that people still mention when they see you six months later. It’s one of those things that’s hard to predict though – I’ve made caramelized white chocolate (yes that’s a thing) and made homemade dulce de leche, layered seasonal veggies to create a gluten free sweet potato galette, added bourbon to make an already delicious recipe spectacular, and many other things that I consider far more impressive all for them to be never mentioned again.
This recipe for Greek yogurt brulee though, was something I just through together on a whim. It doesn’t require any shopping trips in search of special ingredients. It’s naturally gluten free and dare I say it, healthy. This is the recipe that brought down the house.
I’ve served this healthy and easy version of creme brûlée at two separate brunches both to rave reviews. In addition, Pat and I eat it for our lazy morning breakfasts on the reg.
So yes, it’s already pretty healthy, easy to make and naturally gluten free. The only thing was, my vegan friends were still missing out.
That is, until now. A brand I already trust, Silk, just released a brand new dairy-free yogurt alternative.I was impressed by how smooth and creamy it was! I didn’t miss my usual recipe at all and I got to feel good about starting my day with a vegan recipe. As a bonus each serving has 6 grams of plant-powered protein and real fruit. It’s free of gluten, cholesterol, artificial flavors and colors.
I’m always looking for ways to follow a plant-based diet. Although I’ll never follow a completely vegetarian or vegan diet, I’ve shared many vegan recipes here on A Side of Sweet over the years. I know I feel better and am treating my body better when I feel my body with the goodness of plants and vegetarian proteins. I’m always striving to eat vegan meals in a way that doesn’t feel restrictive or like I’m giving something up.
My goal is always to balance indulgences with healthy meals and eating vegan whenever I can. Many times though, vegan replacement problems come with an issue of their own – they are full of harmful chemicals to replace the animal proteins and maintain the flavors and textures. One of the first things I did was read the label and look for carrageenan. Carrageenan is a stabilizer that I’ve learned in my work as a physician. Preliminary research is pointing to links between cancer carrageenan consumption as well as GI tract inflammation. Unfortunately it frequently shows up on the labels of dairy-alternative products. Thankfully it was nowhere to be found in this product. I could feel comfortable eating it myself and sharing it with friends.
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- Yogurt or Silk yogurt alternative
- Granulated sugar
- Special equipment: Brûlée Torch
- Seasonal or fresh fruit for topping
- Spoon yogurt into a flame-proof bowl or ramekin or your choosing.
- Cover with a generous layer of sugar.
- Use a brûlée torch or the broiler in your oven for 2-3 minutes until the sugar caramelizes into a golden crust.
- Enjoy with fruit or a drizzle of honey if you have a sweet tooth!
This conversation is sponsored by Silk, a brand that I use all the time and love. The opinions and text are all mine.