Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Granola

  This past month I joined a group called The Secret Recipe Club.  The idea is that each person who participates gets another members blog and has to make a recipe from the blog.  No one knows who has their blog until the post date!   This month the blog that I got to choose a recipe from was Little Bit of Everything.

  I had a lot of fun going through the blog and looking for a recipe that I wanted to make.  There were so many amazing recipes to choose from!  I finally decided to make the yogurt parfaits with granola because I had just bought a large container of organic yogurt and a ton of fruit.  I did make a few adjustments to the recipe to suite the tastes of my husband and I, but the granola is fantastic!  It would be good on many things besides the yogurt parfait.  I even ended up eating it by itself as a snack.

   I made two different parfaits.  I went with the original chocolate granola but paired it with strawberries and yogurt.  It was like eating a chocolate covered strawberry with yogurt.  Delicious!  Then I made a honey nut granola and paired it with the bananas.  These caramelized bananas are out of this world.  There are so many different combinations that can be used within this recipe.   I will be making this granola many times this summer.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits with Granola (adapted from Little Bit of Everything)
For the Chocolate Granola:
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. toasted almonds, sliced
1/2 c. coconut, toasted
1/4 c. flax seed
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. cocoa powder
3 T. honey
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

For the Honey Nut Granola:
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. toasted almonds, sliced
1/2 c. flax seed
1/4 c. sunflower kernels
2 T. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
3 T. honey
1/4 c. raisins

For the bananas(per parfait):
1 banana, sliced
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. butter

16 oz. container organic, lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 container strawberries, sliced and sprinkled with sugar

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two rimmed baking pans with parchment paper and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl combine the oats, almonds, coconut, flax seed, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.  Mix well.  Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and mix with your hands until it is well combined.  Set aside.

3.  In another medium bowl combine the oats, almonds, flax seed, sunflower kernels, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and mix with your hands until it is well combined.

4.  Pour the honey nut granola into one of the prepared pans making sure it lays evenly.  Repeat using the chocolate granola.

5.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes within stirring.  Remove from the oven an let cool for 5 minutes.

6.  Remove the chocolate granola from the pan and place in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add in the chocolate chips and remaining honey.  Mix well and then let cool.  In the other medium mixing bowl place the honey nut granola along with the raisins and remaining honey.  Mix well and let cool.

7.  Just before assembling the parfaits, make the caramelized bananas.  In a medium saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar.  Once they are combined add the sliced bananas.  Let let 1-2 minutes per side, then remove from heat.

8.  In a large glass layer the fruit, yogurt, granola, yogurt, and then top with fruit and a sprinkle of the granola.  Enjoy!

**This recipe makes 8 parfaits (4 banana with honey nut granola and 4 strawberry with chocolate granola).

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Comments

  1. says

    The parfait looks great and its good for you too! Thanks again for the lovely jalapeno bread recipe! We loved it! Loved going through your blog!

  2. says

    This is my first month in The Secret Recipe Club and it’s so much fun! I’m just loving all the new blogs and recipes I’m seeing. So glad that I found your blog, this recipe looks great.

  3. says

    such a great concept…and it looks like you hit pay dirt. the granola and parfait look spectacular. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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