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Parfait of Yogurt and Granola picture

Parfait of Yogurt and Granola

A parfait is a layered dessert dish, traditionally made with ice cream or frozen custard, fruit and syrup. Here we take culinary license and use wholesome plain yogurt and honey.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granola, store bought, or use the recipe below and make your own
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (try the Fage brand)
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries or other fresh berries, cut into bite-size pieces if large
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • For the homemade granola: (This makes a big batch!)
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Makes 4 parfaits

For the parfaits:

In each of 4 decorative serving glasses or bowls, spoon about 2 tablespoons of the granola. Top the granola in each glass with 1/4 cup of the yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, a sprinkling of fresh berries, 1/4 cup more yogurt and then a tablespoon or two of granola. Serve immediately.

For the homemade granola:

  1. Arrange an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 250F.  Line a large shallow baking pan with foil or parchment paper and lightly oil the foil or paper.
  2. Toss together the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans or walnuts and salt in a large bowl.  Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl, and then stir this into the oats mixture until well combined.
  3. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking pan and bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the oats are lightly golden, 45 minutes to 1 hour total.
  4. Stir in the dried fruit and then cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  Break up the granola and store it in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze it for up to 6 months.

 

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