Friday, May 1, 2009

Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits with Granola Crunch

Recipe from GORGEOUS: The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts

Granola is chock full of oats and nuts. Making your own is easy and far less expensive than purchasing it in the grocery store. The parfaits are not only pretty, but rich in the nutrients you need to get your day started off on the right foot!

For the granola:
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup apple juice
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the parfaits:
½ pint fresh blueberries, about 1 cup
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
Zest of 1 medium orange, about 2 teaspoons
Juice of 1 large orange, about 1/3 cup
2 cups vanilla flavored organic low-fat yogurt
Mint leaves

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, toss together the oats, flaxseed, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Combine the apple juice, honey and brown sugar in a pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the oil and vanilla. Pour the apple juice/honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss.

Spread the coated mixture onto a baking pan with lip that has been coated with vegetable oil spray. Bake for 10 minutes, using a spatula to stir. Bake until the granola is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool and break into small pieces.

To assemble the parfait, mix together the fruit with the orange zest and juice in a small bowl. Layer the fruit, yogurt and granola into 4 parfait glasses (or bowls). Continue layering all the way to the top. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Makes 4 parfaits, plus an extra 3 cups granola
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

You can store the granola in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.


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Jen said...

I saw you make these on South Florida Live! They look fantastic!

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