Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month!

Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why..

Giveaway!!  Goji Berry Coconut Granola Parfait on Canned-Time.com

If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.  

Here’s the link to that earlier article.

It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body.

Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter to win some for yourself in my Giveaway this month!

“Since raw whole foods contain the best mix of enzymes, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, Sunwarrior uses the finest plant sources, keeping them as close to what nature created as possible. “

  • Complete and balanced protein for muscle, building, repair, and maintenance*
  • Rich in Lysine, often missing in plant-based proteins*
  • Hypoallergenic (free of major allergens)*
  • Protein rich foods create a thermic effect to burn more calories*

As I’ve found this year, Sunwarrior Classic Plus can go to so many more places than just your average smoothie.  Before we get to my granola parfait, here are a couple of quick ideas I’ve blended the vanilla powders into lately:

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!! 

Vanilla Apple Matcha Balls

In a food processor, combine 1 cup Rolled Oats, 2 scoops Sunwarrior Vanilla Classic Plus Protein Powder,  1/4 cup Maple Syrup, 1 cup Green Grapes, 1 Tbs. Cinnamon, 1 Tbs. Matcha Powder.  Pulse until a wet dough forms.  Add mix to a bowl and stir in 2 chopped Apples.  Freeze dough to harden and then form walnut size balls.  Roll each ball in a mixture of 1 cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut and 2 Tbs. Coconut Sugar to coat.

Freeze until serving.  Makes about 15 balls.

  

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla Protein Powder 'Lemon-Lime Chiller' on Canned-Time.com

Vanilla Lemon-Lime Chiller

Combine 1 or 2 frozen bananas, 1 Tbs. Coconut Sugar, 2 oz. Coconut Milk, 2 cups of Ice and

1 Tbs. Sunwarrior Classic Vanilla Plus Protein Powder in a blender.  Makes 2 8 oz. glasses.

Now on to my Granola Parfaits……..

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I started out making this granola to snack on for an upcoming weekend out-of-town.  I made a double batch and left so much bagged up in the freezer that each time I’d open the door and see the bag sitting innocently on the cold self, I began to think of some other way to use some of it up more quickly.  Why not a parfait?

To be honest, I’d never tried a layered parfait like you’d see as a dessert option for some reason.  

Well, I’m hooked.

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

The mild sweet cream in this one I think is what got me.  I love desserts, don’t get me wrong.  But after a few bites of something overly sweet I lose interest.  The sour Goji berries and the sour cherries I added in balance out the smooth textures and taste of the cream layer.  Heck, I’d eat the cream layer by itself and be fine for a few spoonfuls.

What I really love about this dessert, about Sunwarrior Vanilla as well is my own little secret in each bite about how many good things there are packed into that bite.  If it doesn’t taste good, of course, who needs the nutrition?  But this one has all the good and all the flavor for you.  Thanks Sunwarrior for a superior product to sneak into my meals.  I’ve dropped about 30 lbs. now since May when I first started using their Classic Plus line and just love the quick, tasty option it gives me for a meal.  Or in this case, a rewarding dessert that doesn’t kill the calorie count for the day.  And although coconut butter is not exactly diet food, there are good fats in that as well and no added sugars in the cream layer at all.  It really is amazing how much taste and nutrition you can get into a revamped dish when you substitute healthy whole foods in place of refined and processed traditional ingredients.  Hope you guys try this one whether it’s Sunwarrior or your own favorite powders.  Maybe a chocolate version even?

Vanilla Goji Berry Coconut Granola Parfait
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For the Granola
  1. 1/2 cup Goji Berries soaked and drained
  2. 2 cups Rolled Oats
  3. 4 large Dates, chopped
  4. 1 cup Mixed Nuts, chopped
  5. 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  6. 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil, softened
  7. 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  8. 1/3 cup Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla Protein Powder (or other)
  9. 2 Tbs. Cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp. Ground Cloves
  11. 1/2 cup Water
  12. 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  13. Fresh Sour Cherries (optional add-in to stir in after cooking)
For the Cream Parfait
  1. 2/3 cups Coconut Butter, melted
  2. 2/3 cups Vanilla Vegan Yogurt
  3. 1/3 cup Almond Milk
Make your Granola
  1. Mix together all of the granola ingredients in a large mixing bowl until everything is combined and coated. Spread your granola across a non-stick baking pan to about an inch thickness.
  2. Bake granola @300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove the pan and stir the granola to keep it from browning too much. Repeat the 20 minute baking again and stir. Repeat once more then stir and set aside to cool while you make the parfait cream.
For the Cream
  1. Soften the Coconut Butter and then stir together in a blender with the Vanilla Yogurt and Almond Milk to form a stiff cream. This will be thicker than a pudding texture. Add a Tbs. or so more milk if you'd like the cream to be softer.
To make your Parfait glasses
  1. Layer Granola and the Cream mix into glasses and serve at room temperature or slightly warmed in a microwave. Store your granola and cream mix covered in the fridge for up to one week.
Notes
  1. Coconut Butter is expensive. I used a homemade version that makes it about 1/3 the price and fixes up in just minutes. I used a recipe or technique I found over @TheVegan8.com and it worked perfectly. You can make up a batch in about 10 minutes and store it sealed at room temperature for weeks.
  2. I added in some fresh sour cherries that my husband brought home from the farmer's market for a touch of tang that works well with the sweet cream but you could substitute other berries or chopped apple even.
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And I have to thank Brandi over at The Vegan 8  for the help in making my own Coconut Butter so quick and inexpensively.  She really helped me out on this one.  Be sure to check out her step-by-step posting on how to get yourself a jar or two of this magical creamy goodness HERE.

 Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior has graciously offered to send one of my readers a fabulous sample pack of their products including the Vanilla Classic Plus Protein and a nifty shaker bottle to mix up and carry your drinks in.

Enter to win below.  Contest ends August 22nd.  U. S. residents only 
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Good luck everyone.  Leave as many comments as you’d like each day for added entries ♥

Giveaway!! Goji Berry Coconut Granola Parfait on Canned-Time.com

Thanks Sunwarrior for providing me with product for this post and the giveaway.

All recipes and opinions are my own.

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27 thoughts on “Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

  1. Terri Cole

    My smoothies always include greens, a frozen banana, almond milk, another frozen or fresh fruit and flax, chia or hemp seed. Optional ingredients include protein powder, PB powder, cocoa, vanilla or other flavorings. I love that I can follow a basic formula and still have so many different flavor combinations.

    Thank you for the review and giveaway. I have not tried Sunwarrior yet, it’s now on my list to try.

  2. Jordan D.

    SunWarrior sounds amazing! Lately I’ve been experimenting with green smoothies…frozen spinach, frozen zucchini, frozen peas, and 1/3 frozen banana. I usually flavor/thicken with sugarfree pudding mixes and of course protein powder!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Absolutely love nut butters in smoothies. Sometimes I get lazy and just soak the nuts in a little water over night in the fridge and then blend everything else with that the next day instead of buying jarred nut butters. Save a little bit and usually I can’t tell the difference.
      Anyway, thanks for your entry and good luck to you!

  3. Hunter

    My absolute favorite smoothies have included mango and/or peaches these days. I’ve been making one with oats, mango, peaches, banana, chia seeds, and a small dash of cinnamon. I’m always so sad when I get to the bottom of the glass! 😛

  4. Mandy

    Angela! This parfait looks incredible!!!! We LOVE Sunwarrior and have been using their Warrior Blend Vanilla for over three years….definitely a favorite in our house. I’m anxious to try the classic one. We’re huge fans of super thick smoothies, so we’re always using plenty of frozen bananas, usually unsweetened almond milk, tahini or peanut butter, ground flax or chia seeds, spinach and some protein powder. I’m impressed that you’ve lost 30 pounds since May?!? Good for you!!! xo

  5. Jordyn

    My favorite smoothies usually involve frozen mangoes. I’m allergic to the skins, so I enjoy buying frozen pieces that I can whip up into a delicious smoothie.

  6. Elizabeth S.

    I absolutely LOVE Sunwarrior products! My all-time favorite is the Vanilla Warrior blend, but I tried the classic plus brand and loved it as well- loving how they expanded to include other protein sources other than brown rice protein like the (also yummy) classic blends! I love using my Sunwarrior in nice cream recipes! My favorite is making a blend of banana and peach nice cream with cinnamon and maca with the Sunwarrior vanilla protein (my breakfast more often than not) ! It adds such a delicious flavor and creamy texture to it while giving me a rich protein boost!
    I can’t wait to try your recipe- I’ve never been one to sit down and make a parfait, but I think I may have to give it a shot! 🙂

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