Monday, June 20, 2011

Berry-Yogurt Parfaits + Homemade Granola

It's a simple formula: granola and yogurt, but it seems to work so well together huh? In the mornings I just love the creamy-sweet-tartness of yogurt mixed with the crunchiness of homemade granola. I brought home a whole load of fresh berries the other day and I was just inspired to make some granola to crunch along with it. I love summer and it's welcome wagon of sweet berries! 
Anyways, I love my granola simple as can be. I don't like to add in too many add-ins such as dried fruit and nuts because I love adding fresh fruit instead - and why wouldn't I when I have fresh berries as beautiful as these? Making homemade granola is so simple and so easy - it really takes very, very little effort. Using it in yogurt-granola-berry trifles is just how I like to enjoy it, but I imagine it'd be excellent over ice cream or oatmeal as well!
Maple Pecan Granola
YIelds: about 2 cups
Original recipe here.

1 cup pecan halves
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 stick butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spread the pecans onto a baking sheet and toast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until toasty and brown. Butter a rimmed baking sheet or line with parchment paper, set aside. Toss together the oats, coconut and wheat bran into a large bowl. Crunch up the pecan halves to break them up and add them to the mixture. Add the maple syrup into a small saucepan. Place over medium-high heat for 7 - 10 minutes to reduce it by 1/4. Add the butter and salt and stir until the butter is melted. Immediately pour into the oat mixture and mix thoroughly to make sure everything is coated. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the sheets from the oven and scrape the outer edges towards the center and the center to the edges. Repeat this two more times for a total of 30 minutes. Allow the granola to cool completely on the sheets - this will allow clusters to form. Once the granola is cooled, stir in the dried fruit. 

Berry Yogurt Parfaits
Yields: 2 servings

1 cup vanilla yogurt (non-fat or low-fat)
1/2 cup homemade granola
1/2 cup fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)

In two short glass, add 1/4 cup of yogurt to the bottom of each glass, sprinkle with some fresh berries and most of the granola. Top each with 1/4 cup more of the yogurt, sprinkle with the remaining granola and fresh berries. Enjoy!


  1. lite and yummy, just what a girl likes :)

  2. Wonderful granola. It makes such a lovely parfait.

  3. gorgeous photos, as always :D

  4. Question, can you use something other than the maple syrup as a sweetener?

  5. @ Tara: of course! I believe honey would work wonderfully. Agave should work as well, but since it is a bit sweeter, I would cut down the amount a wee bit :) Hope that helps

  6. GOSH that first photo is just gorgeous, granola and parfaits sound delicious as weel!

  7. Love the darker setting! What is that surface? Yummy, healthy treat =)

  8. Yum. Beautiful photos, too. I'm inspired by the chalkboard base and dark background.

  9. @ Xiaolu: it's a homemade chalkboard poster! Just sprayed some chalkboard spray paint on a posterboard and ta-da, instant chalkboard!

  10. I looove the pictures :) and this looks good!