Homemade Granola into a Breakfast Parfait*


It has finally happened. Jorge has been gone for almost 3 weeks and what I was really worried about happening, finally happened. I don’t know why, but last night I was scared to death. I was getting ready to go to sleep and I heard a weird noise. Then I couldn’t stop listening for noises…and of course when you are listening for scary noises you always hear them. I was sure I heard someone walking up the stairs…and breathing in the hallway…and had that feeling that someone was watching me. And then I heard something in the vent. And it was ALL OVER. My biggest fear in the entire world is someone living in my attic watching me through the air conditioning vent. And don’t even try to tell me it can’t happen, because guess what it totally already has….Twice! And I keep watching the vent, swearing I see eyes looking back at me. And it doesn’t help that we are in a townhome that we lease and for some reason the company we lease from has the doorway to the attic bolted shut on either side. To normal people, this would mean they don’t want us storing things in the attic or something. To me, this means that they have had issues with someone living up there before, so to save their new tenants they have sealed it shut so the person can not come down and murder anyone while they sleep.  So there I am, covering myself with the comforter, listening to every single little noise the house makes, just sure that some creepy guy is watching me through the vent in my bedroom. And the worst part is that he knows that Jorge is not there to save me and now would be his best chance to come out and kill me. So I laid there, glued to my bed (because I can’t get up for fear that he might be waiting under my bed, or in the closet that I have to walk by) in fright until 5 am when I finally started thinking rationally exhaustion finally won out.  So when I woke up, I really wanted something delicious for breakfast to reward myself for making it through the night without calling 911 to report the guy I just KNOW is living in our attic (despite all the evidence proving otherwise)…but considering I am trying to eat healthy…I had to stay away from what I really wanted…pancakes! But, honestly, this Homemade Granola made up into a delicious Parfait, was truly perfect!





Crunchy Classic Granola

Yield: 9 Cups

To make the parfait:

Breakfast Parfait

1 container Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt
8 blackberries
1/2 of a peach cut into slices
1/4 cup granola

Layer all 4 ingredients. Serve immediately! Ya...it is that easy!


5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. vegetable oil


Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300°F.

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. In a small bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. Stir to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and stir well.

Spread the mixture evenly on two rimmed baking sheets, either greased with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Set a timer to go off every ten minutes while the granola bakes, so you can rotate the pans and give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pans from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and set aside to cool. The finished granola may still feel slightly soft when it comes out of the oven, but it will crisp as it cools.

Scoop cooled granola into to a large zipper-lock plastic bag or other airtight container. Store in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Adapted from: Nigella


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21 Responses to “Homemade Granola into a Breakfast Parfait”

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    lindsay — June 29, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    I’ve been wanting a simple granola recipe for ages! This is definitely on my weekend to-do list now :)

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    Jenn — June 29, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Mmm that looks awesome! I can’t wait for the peaches and berries to be in season – I think this post contains some of your best photography yet! LOVING the last pic!!

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    Kristin — June 29, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    I do the exact same thing! Ha ha ha! This was too funny! The granola parfait looks delicious!

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    FOODESSA — June 30, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    How could anyone refuse such an attractive breakfast like this one! Even the breaky junk eaters would have to have this great healthy treat.
    Great recipe…and gorgeous photos.
    Flavourful wishes,

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    The Nifty Foodie — June 30, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    Oh girl, I have a funny story for you! When I was a kid, my Dad was working a night shift, and I was absolutely petrified with my sister, since we lived alone on the second floor. I kept hearing things, thinking monsters knew Dad was gone and would get us (they were totally living in the attic, of course). So, eventually Dad called his police friend to do a “monster search” of our top floor that night, including thorough under the bed checks haha! Now that I’m in my twenties, I look back and it’s things like that that make my Dad awesome. :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 30, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Looks lovely! Well deserved after a night like that!

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    katie o. — June 30, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Well, I know what I’m doing with my leftover blackberries now! ps: love the shots. so pretty.

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    DeAnna — June 30, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    omg Jess, I have totally been there too. The worst is when you really, really have to pee but you can’t get up because the monster will get you. George is away on business this week but I’m not afraid because I have my new boy! My Merlin attack kitty! Not only does he attack the monsters, he also attacks my feet under the covers. :)

    Oh, and the parfait looks delightful. :)

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    Nicole — June 30, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    I do not care for being alone, so I can only imagine! This granola looks delicious and easy. The mini parfait is adorable.

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    melissa — June 30, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    Ahhh – so scary! I have a fear that there’s someone living in our detached garage. We live in an urban area where homeless people occasionally meander through and there’s no lock on the garage. I refuse to go out there alone at night.

    Aside from that, the granola parfaits look delish! I love blackberries and that granola looks heavenly.

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    bianca — June 30, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    I feel ya sister! I watch way too much Criminal Minds- for Shemar Moore and no other reason- but the by-product from all the crime drama, is that I always think of the worst of worse case scenarios, in any situation. But I can’t stop watching re: Shemar Moore.

    Now, thanks to you(!),I at least can nourish myself after a long night of not sleeping! Great post:)

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    tigerfish — July 1, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Look gorgeous…I may just look and glare and forget about eating this breakfast!

    Sounds so scary that “someone” is “watching” you at night….a paranoid like me is always in such a situation…worrying this and that and will be scared to death :O

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    yasa2 — July 1, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    But i like sandviges in the morning…..he-he – but reeally it is fool of vitamins

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    Leslie — July 1, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    This is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen! You are so talented at making pretty food!

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    julie — July 1, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    awww i’m glad you woke up and made yourself some good old comfort food :) pancakes OR granola both would have been excellent choices!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 2, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    Oh wow, look at those gorgeous ingredients… that crunchy granola, those juicy blackberries and peaches! This is one classy lookin’ breakfast!

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    Sharlene — July 2, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    Your experience sounds frightening! I freak myself out in the middle of the night sometimes too. I also like to calm myself down with something sweet. This parfait looks delicious with your homemade granola. I’ve always wanted to make some so this recipe will definitely get used!

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    Jen_from_NJ — July 3, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    You are too funny! I have to admit I have similar fears and hate to be home alone at night. The locked attic thing is a little creepy :) I love your breakfast parfait!

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    Peggy — July 6, 2010 @ 4:48 am

    What a great recipe and beautiful photos!

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    P90X — April 11, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    The worst is when you really, really have to pee but you can’t get up because the monster will get you. George is away on business this week but I’m not afraid because I have my new boy! My Merlin attack kitty!

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