Morning Bliss: Yogurt Parfaits and Recipe for Maple Nut Granola

Mmmmmm, this is my favorite breakfast. Sweet fruit, crunchy granola and creamy yogurt. I love vanilla yogurt in my parfaits, I was spoiled by the combo at Prince Street Cafe! I tried to make my own with plain yogurt, but couldn’t achieve the right balance of vanilla to sweet using honey or maple syrup. I have therefore been hunting for a Real Food friendly vanilla yogurt for three weeks. This was harder than I thought, but I finally located one sweetened with fruit juice and a store clerk suggested that I try maple yogurt by Pequea Valley Farm. The maple yogurt is awesome and will join my vanilla in future parfaits maybe with apples and cinnamon…

To make the parfaits,  put 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh fruit in the bottom of a bowl, then sprinkle on 1/4 to 1/3 cup granola, top with your favorite yogurt and garnish with a tiny sprinkle of granola and some of the fruit.Maple Nut Granola

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c butter, melted

Preheat oven to 300. Combine first 7 ingredients. Drizzle in the syrup and butter and stir well. Spread mixture on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 300 for 10 minutes, stir well. Bake another 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to smell good – be careful not to burn. Cool completely. Store in plastic bags for up to one month or freeze up to 4 months.

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