There are so many uses for pomegranate molasses and topping labneh with it is one of them! This sweet labneh yogurt bowl is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Al Wadi. All opinions and text are my own.
For today's post, I am so excited to be partnering with Al Wadi to bring you this EPIC sweet labneh bowl with pomegranate molasses. Al Wadi is a brand I personally love and have been using for a while now. In fact, I used their rose water in my rose water white chocolate bark!
The company is based in Lebanon and uses the finest ingredients to produce Lebanese cuisine staples - like rose water and pomegranate molasses. This sweet labneh bowl with pomegranate molasses is the first of FOUR mouthwatering Lebanese inspired recipes we have put together for you!
What is pomegranate molasses?
Another Middle Eastern staple, pomegranate molasses is condensed pomegranate juice that has been boiled down to a thick, syrup-y consistency. Despite the name, there is no actual molasses in it!
It is usually used in savory sauces, marinades, and salad dressings, but you can also use it as a drizzle to balance sweets! Not only is the Al Wadi pomegranate molasses tangy and bright but also it is made with just one ingredient: 100% pomegrante juice. As you know, I try to fill my pantry with products that are clean and made with ingredients that I actually recognize. The Al Wadi pomegranate molasses was a HUGE win for me!
Other ways to use promegranate molasses:
Salad dressing / vinaigrette
Marinade for meat
Glaze for vegetables or protein
Topping for ice cream
Mocktails or an addition to iced tea
Anything else you want to add a little brightness and tang to!
What is labneh?
I'm going to be honest with you, I didn't know what labneh was until recently! When brainstorming recipes ideas with the Al Wadi team, they had suggested I swap out greek yogurt for labneh - and I'm SO glad they did!
Labneh is made by straining yogurt until it is thick and spreadable. Its texture is somewhere between greek yogurt and cream cheese. Labneh is thick, creamy and just has this really luscious texture.
In the Middle East, labneh is usually enjoyed as a savory dish. A lot of people eat it for breakfast with pita, olive oil, za'atar, and vegetables or use it as a topping on main dishes. But, you can also make it sweet for a delicious breakfast or dessert bowl!
Where to find labneh?
I thought I was going to have trouble finding labneh, but it was available (and on sale!) at Whole Foods. From a quick Google search, I found labneh through Instacart and Fresh Direct. You can also always visit a Middle Eastern specialty grocer too.
If your search for labneh leaves you empty handed, you can always make it at home too - and, easily! It requires just one step and two ingredients: whole milk yogurt and salt.
You'll want to line a large bowl with a few layers of cheesecloth and then pour the yogurt and salt into the cheesecloth. Then, pick up the edges of the cloth and tie around a wooden spoon. Let strain over a bowl for one or two days until it has a nice, rich consistency. Easy enough, right!?
Topping ideas for a sweet labneh bowl
Fresh fruit: pomegranate seeds and strawberries are my favorites!
Dried or dehydrated fruits: cranberries, cherries, dehydrated strawberries or raspberries all work well.
Nuts: pistachios or almonds are my top choices
Seeds: chia, flax, hemp, or sesame seeds would all be good options too!
Looking for more healthy breakfast recipes?
- 1 cup labneh or full fat greek yogurt
- ½ tablespoon Al Wadi pomegranate molasses, plus more for topping
- 1 tablespooon honey, plus more for topping
- (optional) chopped nuts, fresh fruit, or whatever your heart desires!
- Add the labneh, pomegranate molasses, and honey to a bowl and mix well.
- Drizzle more pomegranate molasses and honey and top with desired toppings.
You can usually find labneh at Whole Foods
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 993Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 5gSugar: 56gProtein: 36g