Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Maple Toasted Granola

Fruit yogurt and granola parfaits

Breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day classic, and an extra special way to show you really care.  This year, instead of reaching for the frying pan or waffle maker, start the day off with this bright, fresh, and lighter breakfast option that tastes as gorgeous as it looks.  Creamy, cool Greek yogurt is layered with mom’s favorite fresh fruit and topped with crunchy, maple-sweetened homemade granola and a little lemon zest for a refreshing zip.

This week’s recipe: Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Maple Toasted Granola

Why we like it:

The granola will keep for up to a month in an airtight container, so why not make a big batch and have some leftover for your morning breakfast cereal or snack time?  You can also make your granola more like trail mix by adding dried fruit or chocolate chips once it has cooled.

Ingredients:

3 cups plain rolled oats (not the quick cook ones)

½ cup pecans

½ cup almonds

½ cup walnuts

¾ cup pure maple syrup (can substitute honey or agave)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 egg white

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

coarse sea salt

Greek yogurt (flavored, like honey, vanilla, or lemon)

1-2 cups fresh fruit, sliced or chopped

Lemon, to zest

 

You’ll need to prepare your granola first, so preheat the oven to 300 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle or top of the oven (this will prevent the granola from getting too dark on the bottom).  Now measure out your spices and combine them in a small bowl.

Mixing sugar and spices

Chop or break your nuts into small pieces or larger chunks, depending on your preference.  You can also substitute your favorite nuts (like hazelnuts, cashews, Brazil Nuts, or pistachios), just make sure to use approximately 1-1 ½ cups worth.

Chopped nuts

Measure out your maple syrup, brown sugar, and oil.

Measuring out the maple syrup

Separate your egg white and whisk until it’s frothy.  The egg white will help make the granola crisp up nicely and stick together a little more.

Whisking together egg whites

In a large bowl, combine your oats, nuts, brown sugar, and spices, along with the maple syrup, oil, and egg white.  Stir together well to make sure the dry ingredients are evenly coated in the wet.

Adding in the oats

Spread the mixture out on a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don’t have any, simply spread right on the baking sheet), and sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on top.

Spreading the granola out on parchment paper

Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until the granola is brown and toasted.  Don’t worry if it looks done but isn’t crunchy yet- the granola will harden and set as it cools down.

Toasted granola

While your granola cools, you can get your fruit ready.  Almost any fruit will taste delicious and look beautiful in this layered parfait, so you can make sure to use your mom’s favorite!  You can keep things simple with just one or two fruits, or you can let your creativity shine and combine a variety of different kinds.

Chopped kiwi and berrries

Start to assemble your parfait with an even layer of yogurt on the bottom of your glass.  A flavored Greek yogurt will add a touch of sweet and a creamy richness.  Place a layer of fruit on top of the yogurt, and then sprinkle a layer of granola over that.  If you’re using a shorter glass, you might only get one layer of each, but if you use a taller one, layer the ingredients as many times as you like.

Layering the yogurt, fruit, and granola in a glass

Garnish with some fresh lemon zest and your perfect Mother’s Day parfait is ready to serve!

Finished parfait

Ready to eat!

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