Bored of eating cereal for breakfast? Try a granola parfait instead!
I eat cereal for breakfast on most weekdays. Not because it’s delicious or satisfying (why do so many cereals taste like the cardboard boxes they come in??), but because it’s a fast and easy option. I’m not a morning person, so I’m forever rushing to get out of the house.
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 lumps of cardboard, I throw together a granola parfait.
This maple granola parfait is a great way to enjoy fresh summer berries, but you can switch it up throughout the year. In the winter months, I like to eat yogurt bowls with fresh citrus which are also really tasty.
I mentioned recently that I enjoy eating Balkan-style yogurt with nuts as a snack. This is really just a lighter version of a granola parfait. My theory is that I enjoy these because they reminds me of dessert, and if given the chance I will happily eat dessert for breakfast! Which is fine on occasion, but not so 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.
The best part about granola parfaits is that you can top them with so many things. As I mentioned, fresh berries are great when they’re around, but you could also use pears, clementines, dried apricots, literally whatever you think you’d enjoy.
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 balance that out. 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 😉
Maple Granola Parfait
- 1/3 cup yogurt
- 1/3 cup granola
- 2 tbsp almonds , chopped
- 1/2 cup berries
- 1 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 and berries, and add a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Continue layering the ingredients until you've used them all.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Fresh from the Farm by Susie Middleton