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Morning Parfaits with Coconut Cherry Granola

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Barbara Schieving

Ingredients

  • ½ 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
  • ½ cup low-fat granola

Coconut Cherry Granola

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup dried cherries halved
  • ½ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut fine
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal optional
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • cup Earth Balance® Organic Coconut Spread*
  • ¼ cup agave syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  • In microwave-safe bowl, combine raisins, 1 tablespoon orange juice and vanilla. 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.
  • In medium bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth, mix in Greek yogurt. Mix in raisin mixture and blend well.
  • 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. Garnish with a dollop of cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with raisins.
  • Coconut Cherry Granola
  • In a large bowl mix oats, brown sugar, almonds, cherries, coconut, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt.
  • 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.
  • 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. *You can substitute canola oil and honey.

Notes

adapted from Sun-Maid