03.22.12

FOOD / 18

one of the many highlights of our trip to london, aka. lundy town was the yogurt parfaits that were brought to our door every morning at the hoxton hotel. each day we would jump out of bed (well, maybe it was more of a saunter) and make our way to the door, grab our goodie bag (discard the orange juice — too, pulpy) and happily dig in to the layers of fruit, yogurt and granola.


when we got back home to los angeles, i found myself craving the flavors, so i did what any rational person would do.  spent several hours researching granola recipes, experimented a bit and came up with a recipe i liked. oh, and yes, i know a rational person would just go to the store and buy a parfait…turns out, i’m not rational.


what you’ll need:
• 16 oz plain greek yogurt (and there’s nothin’ plain about it!)
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt (plus some additional coarse salt for sprinkling – sounds weird, i know, but trust me)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds (i used roasted, but you are popping them in the oven, so raw might be just fine).
* 1/3 cup golden raisins
* 2 cups fresh blueberries
* 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped strawberries (i kept my strawberry chunks pretty chunky)
* 1/3 cup of water
* zest of half an orange
* 1/4 cup sugar

what to do:
• heat your oven to 325 degrees
• in a large bowl mix the oats, cinnamon and salt.  also known as mixture “a.”
* in a medium bowl whisk the honey, butter, brown sugar and vanilla. also known as mixture “b.”  this, i warn you is not too much fun.
* using those pretty hands of yours, convincingly combine mixtures a & b.  oh, and be sure to leave some of it clumpy.  this is one time where clumps are good!
* spread the mixture evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pop it in the oven for ten minutes.

while you’re waiting:
•  throw the berries, water, sugar and zest into a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
• once at a boil, lower to medium-low heat, stir occasionally and watch how it turns into a beautiful berry filled purple syrup.
• you’ll be done in about 8 minutes, then transfer the goodness to a bowl and set aside to cool.

then back to the granola:
• get in there with a spatula and flip the granola so that it is cooking evenly.
*  sprinkle the almonds over the top and pop it back in the oven for another ten to fifteen minutes.
*  in the last minute, pull the granola out, top with raisins and a light sprinkling of coarse salt
*  remove from oven and let cool.

ps. at times during the process it might seem like your granola is not getting crispy . . . but it will, i assure you, it will.

on to the parfaits:
• so at this point, hopefully you have invited over 5 friends, cause you got parfait fixins for six.
• add a few spoonfuls of fruit to each glass and be sure to get some of that purple syrup along with it.
• then add a couple dollops of yogurt
* top off each with a heap of granola

finally:
* arm yourself with a spoon and start stirrin’ and smashin’!  it won’t be pretty, but it will be delicious!

{ column + photos by jen gotch, design by designlovefest – more delicious recipes here! }

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  • 1. Pegah S  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 6:15 am

    OOOOO!!!! I have been having the same breakfast for a long time now, do you do that? I am so sick of my almond butter on toast with apple slices. it is very healthy, but today the sight of the AB jar made me sick. I think I might try your parfait for a while. :)

  • 2. Becky!  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Good call. I rotate smoothie / steel cut oats / eggs for breakfast everyday. Seriously. Everyday for the last two years. I need some serious variety.

  • 3. Allywan  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 am

    This looks amazing! I’m going to make it for my best when she visits next week.

  • 4. Lottie Really Loves  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I am definitely going to give this a go–it is about time I mixed breakfast up a bit.

  • 5. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:02 am

    LOVE parfaits. It is seriously all I live off of. I love how you said “more like a saunter…” haha

  • 6. la domestique  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:03 am

    It’s so fun taking the memory of a special vacation treat and turning it into a ritual at home. The parfait looks delicious- love the blueberry!

  • 7. Abby  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Waking up at six a.m. each day, I never have much ambition to make a really tasty breakfast. But with this recipe, I might actually take the time! It looks absolutely delicious!!

  • 8. Danie  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Looks yummy! Thanks for this!

  • 9. eva burns  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:23 am

    oh man, I’m eating oatmeal right now. this sounds so much better.

  • 10. Rebecca - A Daily Something  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Oh yum, this looks incredible, Jen!

  • 11. bougiehippie  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Is it me or does yogurt has a weird density.

  • 12. adele  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Yummy! I make my own granola every week…homemade is definitely the best! The parfaits look soooo yummy :)
    Happy Thursday hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • 13. Julie  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 9:12 am

    It’s cute how you say “healthy time!” then say 1/4C of sugar – But that’s OK, we know we can omit that part if we’re watching what we eat.

  • 14. Lindsey  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I love parfaits and will definitely have to give this granola recipe a try! They look so yummy!
    http://lindseyyoung.net

  • 15. Leah @ Freutcake  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Yum! It’s 9:30…I still haven’t eaten breakfast and now this parfait is haunting my mind. Must try! :)

  • 16. Michelle  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 9:38 am

    For some reason, the smashed berries make this so much fancier. Gotta try it!

  • 17. Shanna Kesler  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Yum!! I love granola and I love yogurt. This looks like perfection to me. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 18. ash  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

    yummy! perfect for a sunday brunch with friends. this might just be what i need to get on my track to a healthy me.

  • 19. Sarah  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Yum, yum! This sounds like the perfect morning for a budding spring day! Can’t wait to try it with lots of fresh berries that will be popping up soon!

  • 20. sally  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve been making little parfaits and placing them in jars for breakfast on the go.. digging this recipe! Will try it out!

  • 21. Latrina  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    YES! Thank you. How crazy that you posted this — I, too, have recently spent countless hours researching granola recipes! I absolutely love nut & fruit parfait so I am anxious to try your recipe. Yay, thanks for sharing, Bri. :) Looks delish.

  • 22. jen  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    amazing combo! i love making granola.

  • 23. Pink Ronnie  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Just lovely! I shall be bookmarking this for future reference!
    Ronnie xo

  • 24. Janice  |  March 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    First off, love Jen Gotch. Such a fannnn! And, this looks so yummy.

  • 25. libbie  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I stayed at the Hoxton when I was in London last year! Love that hotel…and the breakfasts on the door were such a treat! I am totally making this parfait this weekend!

  • 26. sad :(  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 am

    OJ was “too pulpy” so you discarded? Sorry but..tsk tsk at the waste. You should’ve given it to someone who was really hungry. That sort of thing makes me sad! I love your blog, but it’s disheartening to hear about wasting being “cool”.

  • 27. Silk and Whiskey  |  March 24th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I love homemade granola! I grew up with homemade granola made by my dad. I’m curious to try your recipe…looks so delicious. cheers from berlin

  • 28. Munya  |  March 25th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds delicious!! I love the idea of the zest- definitely going to have to try making this soon

  • 29. anela  |  March 27th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Made it! Love it! Will be making it again very soon! Thanks for sharing!

  • 30. Nubbytwiglet.com » &hellip  |  March 29th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    [...] • Learn how to make your own granola! [...]

  • 31. mel  |  March 29th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Awesome!! Looks so yummy :)

    also your rss is broken! i want to suscribe to your blog!! :)

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  • 34. Shannon  |  May 24th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Totally tried just the granola the other night, and it was a pretty good first try. I think next time I will need to go with a little more of the honey mixture, so that I get more clumps. Yummy!

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  • 36. Tim  |  December 28th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I think I’d love this because I love granola bars.

  • 37. Becky  |  March 1st, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    P.S. I made these for our dinner party last night. Best dessert ever.

    I’m going to have to start making that granola regularly. The salt is a game changer.

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