I despise eating cereal for breakfast.
It has to be the most boring, bland thing that you can put in your mouth. Why do so many cereals taste like the cardboard boxes they come in?? I can think of a grand total of two cereals that I will eat, and even then I only eat them because I’m too lazy to make anything to eat in the morning.
Ideally, I’d be eating freshly baked homemade muffins or scrambled eggs on toast, but that never happens. Eggs are for weekends, and those muffins are nothing but a distant dream. So when I’m fed up of eating soggy mini-wheats, I reach for yogurt.
I mentioned recently that I enjoy eating Balkan-style yogurt with nuts as a snack. This is really just a lighter version of my one of favourite breakfast dishes: Granola Parfaits! My theory is that I enjoy it because it reminds me of dessert, and if given the chance I will happily eat dessert for breakfast (which is fine on occasion, but not great for every day).
Making a parfait takes almost no effort at all, especially if you’ve already got granola on hand. I enjoy making homemade granola when I have time, and there’s a great recipe for granola in the Fresh from the Farm cookbook that I reviewed, but store-bought is fine too.
- ⅓ cup yogurt*
- ⅓ cup granola
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts/seeds
- ½ cup fruit, chopped if needed (keep a few pieces aside)
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- Spoon some of the yogurt into a small sturdy glass (or a bowl), and top with some of the granola.
- Add a sprinkling of nuts or seeds and fruit, and add a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Continue layering the ingredients until you've used them all.
- Top with the reserved fruit and serve.
Recipe adapted from Fresh from the Farm by Susie Middleton
I love adding maple syrup to my parfaits because it adds both flavour and sweetness. Sometimes berries and other fruits can be a bit sour, so the maple syrup helps to offset that as well. If you don’t like maple syrup, you could try honey or agave syrup instead.
Play around with your favourite sweeteners, nuts, fruits and seeds see what flavour combinations you like the most. And hey, if a few shavings of dark chocolate end up in there I won’t judge you 😉