Granola Parfait Recipe and Vote to feed the hungry

by on October 9, 2009

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The Awaken Your Senses challenge is here! Quaker Oats, Good Bite and my food blog pals are collaborating to help our favorite charities. Twelve food bloggers share a favorite food memory on video and Chef Dave Lawrence of Good Bite created an oatmeal topping based on our memory.

Each blogger has selected a charity and the final blogger whose video wins the challenge will have $10,000 donated to their charity! Every two weeks, a new round of videos will be posted where you can vote for your favorite. Then within each round, semifinalists will be selected. The final winner will have $10,000 donated to their chosen food charity.

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For this week, on this second round, the featured bloggers and our selected charities are:

Vote for me  and if you like what Jen, Marc or Kath are sharing, vote for them too! Cast your Vote Here.

Here are the rest of  my favorite bloggers who participated. Their video’s have already, or will be featured in later rounds. So check their sites to see what memory they’re sharing and vote for them too if you like their video, memory or charity!

Let’s all vote to help feed the hungry. All it takes is a few clicks to make a difference in someones life.

Thanks for voting and all your support,



The delicious collage of yogurt, fresh fruit and granola can feed me for breakfast , lunch and dinner. When obsessed, I consider granola parfait to be a light, satisfying and equally impressive as a dessert. Homemade granola topping is even better and its ridiculously easy to make. All the different combinations that you can create with homemade granola is endless. Ever since making homemade granola, I’ll never go back to buying it again. The fresh, toasted and delicate crunch is addicting. Consider it the ultimate snack.

I found a wonderful recipe from Sara Fosters, Fresh Everyday cookbook. Sara’s recipe calls out for dried cherries and dried apricots (yummy!). Instead, I used what I had in my pantry, which were dried currants. I also used less maple syrup because I like my granola a little less sweet, but that’s just a personal preference that I have for granola.

For the parfait assembly, you can use any fresh fruit you have on hand. Our pomegranate tree offered us some amazing, fruit for today’s parfait photograph. Fresh pomegranates are in season now (depending on where you live), so go hog wild these delicious red arils (seeds).

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Granola Parfait Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Total Time: 1 hour

Adapted from Sara Foster of Fosters Market


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup canola or safflower oil (I used grape seed oil)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ** I replaced the dried cherries/apricots with dried currants
  • Yogurt
  • fresh fruit


    Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

  1. Spread oats, coconut and almonds on large baking sheet with sides. Sprinkle with salt, bake for 12-15 minutes. Stir occasionally till ingredients are toasted, but not yet golden. Transfer ingredients to bowl.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheet with oil.
  3. In medium bowl, combine maple syrup, oil and honey. Pour over granola and toss till granola is coated evenly with mixure.
  4. Spread granola out evenly onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until granola is golden brown and crispy. Stir granola occasionally while baking so granola can brown evenly.
  5. When brown, remove granola from oven , allow to cool. Then break up any large clumps while granola is still warm.
  6. When granola is completely cooled, toss in the dried fruit. Will keep up to about 2 weeks in air-tight container.
  7. In bowl, layer yogurt, fresh fruit and granola. Enjoy!
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Divina October 9, 2009 at 5:37 am

This granola is pure bliss. I just love the addition of shredded coconut and of course the melange of other ingredients.


2 Jen Yu October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

That is BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL! Almost as beautiful as you, Diane. So happy we’re in the same round – gives me the warm fuzzies. Love yoooooooooou!


3 ABowlOfMush October 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

Beautiful pictures! I would love this for breakfast!


4 Kristina October 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

The granola recipe looks yummy and I like that it doesn’t have a ton of oil in it.

I would love to have a pomegranate tree. This may be a bit off topic, but I’m wondering how long it took you after you planted it to get fruit?


5 White on Rice Couple October 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Kristina- Pomegranate trees seem to grow like weeds. Our two trees started fruiting the first year we had them. Just make sure you have them in full sun and they should bear you plenty of gorgeous and delicious fruit! Have fun!


6 Barbara Kiebel October 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I make a granola very much like this for holiday gifts; family heard granola on the menu for baskets and I heard..Granola?

Then after they opened them…changed to GRANOLA!!

The coconut, cherries and cranberries really make it special; never will add raisins again!

Thanks for reminding me; have to put this on the project list and do this again.


7 Rebecca (Foodie With Family) October 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Shoot. I’ll eat that. I’ll vote for that. I wish I had pom trees in WNY. I’ll settle for Amish grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and whatnot. You guys wanna ship me a pomegranate?


8 Hélène October 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Just voted. You were so great! Good luck for your charity. Can’t wait to see the results. And your granola parfait is parfait :)


9 The Italian Dish October 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Gorgeous. Once again. Great cause.


10 jo October 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm

You guys are great and this is indeed a worthy cause. By the way love the parfait recipe .. who wouldn’t, it’s suppose to be good for you, right?


11 Helen-Tartelette October 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

That’s it! I am planting a pomegranate tree next! Beautiful styling and tones. You peeps make me happy with the world with each and everyone of your posts and pictures.


12 matt October 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

Fantastic looking granola. Just loving the last shot of the granola mix on that wonderfully seasoned baking sheet. The pomegranate with it looks incredible too.


13 Kamran Siddiqi October 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm

What a beautiful post!! I especially love the last two photos because of how simplistic they are. I’ve bookmarked this!


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