Morning Parfaits with Coconut Cherry Granola

Sun-Maid recommended that I “start the day with a parfait…raisins, fresh fruit, light, easy-to-make orange-raisin cream cheese and crunchy granola layered in your favorite stemmed glasses. It’s a healthful and easy-to-make breakfast!” They sent me their Morning Parfait recipe along with raisins to make it. It’s definitely an elegant and delicious way to start the day.

I made a few changes to the recipe to lighten it up even further. I reduced the amount of cream cheese and added a container of Greek Yogurt. I used agave syrup instead of sugar and I made my own low fat granola using Earth Balance® Organic Coconut Spread.

Earth Balance sent me coupons to try their new Coconut Spread made with extra virgin coconut oil. It’s an affordable alternative to coconut oil and it’s vegan, lactose-free and organic. Since I’ve seen lots of blog posts about baking with coconut oil, I was happy to give it a try.

I wasn’t disappointed. My son said this was his favorite granola recipe yet and I agree. The coconut spread with the agave syrup gave it a light, fresh taste. We love dried cherries and almonds, so for us this is the perfect granola. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Morning Parfaits with Coconut Cherry Granola

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 8 oz light or fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 6 oz container low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups chopped fresh berries
  • 1/2 cup low-fat granola
  • Coconut Cherry Granola
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, halved
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut fine
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance® Organic Coconut Spread*
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In microwave-safe bowl, combine raisins, 1 tablespoon orange juice and vanilla.
  2. Cover and microwave on high for 45 seconds; let stand one minute to plump raisins. Remove a handful of raisins for garnish. Add agave syrup and remaining 3 tablespoons of orange juice to raisins in bowl.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth, mix in Greek yogurt. Mix in raisin mixture and blend well.
  4. Layer in four tall wine or parfait glasses in the following order: raisin cream cheese/yogurt mixture, fruit, granola; repeat layers of cream cheese mixture and fruit.
  5. Garnish with a dollop of cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with raisins.
  6. Coconut Cherry Granola
  7. In a large bowl mix oats, brown sugar, almonds, cherries, coconut, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt.
  8. In a microwave safe bowl heat coconut spread until melted. Whisk in agave and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and mix thoroughly until everything is completely coated.
  9. Spread evenly on a parchment or silpat covered cookie sheet. Bake at 300º for about 20 - 25 minutes until slightly golden brown. Don’t stir during baking. Cool completely and break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.
  10. *You can substitute canola oil and honey.

Notes

adapted from Sun-Maid

http://www.barbarabakes.com/2011/08/morning-parfaits-with-coconut-cherry-granola/

Other granola recipes you might like:

Tropical Granola, Barbara Bakes
Easy Vanilla Granola, You Know You Ought To
Almond Raisin Granola, Barbara Bakes
Peanut Butter Granola Balls, Two Peas and Their Pod
Blueberry Almond Granola Bars, Mountain Mama Cooks




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  1. says

    This looks like something I would want to wake up to! It looks like it is not only pretty to look at, it would be wonderful to taste.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Debbie

  2. says

    I would like one of these every morning delivered to my home! In a pretty glass of course. These look delicious. I have yet to try agave syrup. I’ll put it on my shopping list. Actually what are the pros in using agave syrup? I’m slow!
    Have a great weekend.

    • says

      Hi Cindy – One of the reasons I like to use agave is because you don’t have to wait for it to dissolve like sugar, so it blends in really easily. And it doesn’t add a strong flavor like honey. I especially love using it with fruit. There are other glycemic reasons to use it too, but for me mainly it’s convenience and taste. Thanks!

  3. says

    You say parfait and I say breakfast…pretty much what I do every day; just love the combo of crunch with the smooth yogurt! Ever since making my first batch of granola several months ago; it’s become a morning staple. I love it with Greek Yogurt with Honey but can only imagine how good some cream cheese would be mixed into that. Not familiar with coconut spread…will have to scope that out; thanks!

  4. says

    I have some dried cherries that someone sent me and this looks like the perfect recipe. Did you find the coconut spread in the grocery store??

    Hey my hubby shot that video. He used an editing program called Studio15. He did a great job. Me? I just felt silly, LOL ;)

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