I know the middle of the week can be difficult for people, the previous weekend feels much too far away and the weekend to come seems like it might never arrive. So as a pick me up I give to you this week’s sweet! It can be like a 10 minute vacation, well at least that is how I feel when I eat this, and really anything else…
The idea for this recipe came from Starbucks. They have this really delicious dark cherry parfait, but you buy the parfait, you buy a beverage, and you are forking over 7 bucks for breakfast which is fine every once and awhile, but really not reasonable everyday. Especially if you are a miserly person like me who likes to find cheaper ways to eat her favorite foods 🙂
Sticking with my Do It Yourself theme I decided that this would be a good opportunity to make granola at home. It is super easy to do, and if you made the trail mix recipe I posted previously you pretty much have the ingredients on hand. I like having multiple uses for ingredients 🙂
So obviously my recipe is for cherry, but I find all fruits are delicious so have fun throw in peaches and raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or chocolate covered raisins.
Fatty Bear’s Cherry Parfait
1/3 cup sweet cheeries, chopped (I buy the frozen ones that way you have them any time of the year. Let them defrost for about 15 minutes and chop away)
1/3 cup yogurt, (greek yogurt is wonderfully delicious)
1/3 cup granola (The link goes to the original recipe I used but I cut it in half, my dried fruits of choice were pineapple and cherry.)
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 sunflower seeds
1/4 pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice
Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line pan with parchment paper. Mix oatmeal, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt. In a measuring cup stir the syrup and oil together and pour over dried mixture. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally so things don’t overbrown on one side. Let it cool completely. Toss in dried fruit. Store in air tight container/bag. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
Layer in a glass or bowl, fruit, granola, yogurt, until you reach the top. Simple, but beautiful.
This makes a really pretty dessert, too. Or you can set it out at a brunch 🙂 Enjoy!