Morning Madness: Raspberry & Granola Parfait

| January 27, 2010

At 3am in the morning, I heard a incredibly loud ‘bang,’ followed by a thunderous symphony of running feet and then a ‘Mommy.  Mommy.  Mommy.  Mommy.  There are dragons.  In my room.  Can I get in the bed?  Help me.  Help me in the bed, peas?”

I wouldn’t mind so much that my 3 year old sleeps with us if she actually slept.  Instead, she normally flip flops in the bed like a fish out of water and plants her giant man-feet in my back, face and sometimes, the lady bits.  Nicccceeee.

To say the least, I struggled that day.  I woke up late, the kids woke up in a foul mood and refused to eat a proper breakfast, I couldn’t find any clean panties to wear, I burnt my tongue drinking reheated coffee (made the morning before) and I didn’t get to eat any breakfast.

As we were terribly late, I had to make up some time on the road.  I’m sure that all the people I passed on the parkway at a 100 mph saw the two little kids peering out of the windows from the backseats with the fear of God in their eyes.  Honestly, I have been slightly anxious since Thursday – waiting for social services to come knocking on my door as I no doubt managed to destabilize my children’s psychological health and endangered their physical well-being.  But at least we made it to school on time, right?   Right?

As I hadn’t gotten any breakfast that morning and was highly disappointed by the burnt/bitter after taste left by my overheated coffee, I stopped in the local Starbucks to grab some nourishment.  While I would have preferred the sausage and cheese breakfast sandwich in a delicious, crumbly biscuit, I opted for their Fruit and Yoghurt Parfait.  At a whopping $3.50.

Now, that might not sound like a lot of money to most of you who read this blog.  But for someone who doesn’t eat outdoors (meaning outside of the house) very often, this price seemed like something of a rip off.  I understand that I pay, primarily, for the convenience, but I couldn’t’ help thinking, “Jeez, I can make about 2-3 parfaits at home for this price.”   Not to mention, a Parfait customized to my liking with flavors and textures made just for me.

So.  That is exactly what I did.  I made this Raspberry and Granola Parfait using incredibly creamy (and bonus!  Low fat!) Greek yoghurt, cherry preserves, fresh raspberries and granola.  As I have an obsession with saving jam jars, I was able to create the parfaits in the jars/lids and have been using them to transport my parfaits via diaper bag/purse to eat while on the go!  I just make the parfait the night before and throw the jar in my bag.  I figure, as long as I eat the thing within 1-2 hours of the fridge, I’ll be all right.

Raspberry and Granola Parfait

1 5.3-ounce carton of Greek yogurt (about 1 cup)
1-2 tablespoons of cherry preserves (really depends on how sweet you want it)
2 small handfuls of granola (any kind will do)
½ a cup of raspberries (or any fruit you like)


Starting with the yogurt, layer your parfait with the yoghurt, then preserves, then granola and then raspberries.  The number of times that you can layer your parfait depends on the size of your container.  I was able to layer it twice in my jam jar.  Enjoy!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Those raspberries look fabulous great picture and I would love to eat this right now~~

  2. Christine says:

    This looks like a delicious breakfast or dessert!

  3. JL says:

    Gosh, that looks so yummy. Anything with raspberry is good enough for me. 🙂

  4. lululu says:

    oh, i could hv it for breakfast, dessert, snack or regular if i had 2!

  5. Hazeleva says:

    It’s the pictures that do it every time for me! What about some jam recipes now as Bonne Maman, while good, is a tad expensive? Their jars are good for home made jam, though.

  6. What an unpleasant morning you had! But I’m sure you’d get much better after that home-made parfait. It looks much better than the Starbucks one I saw for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Simply Life says:

    yum! what a delicious and satisfying way to start the day!

  8. Ann says:

    I love the jam jars – great pictures! You just inpired me to save mine from now on!

  9. kristy says:

    Oh wow, Patty, this looks amazingly gorgeous! Truely inviting!

  10. Angie says:

    OMG! Give me some of your raspberry parfait! Beautiful clicks!

  11. You’ve reminded me that I have some yogurt in the fridge. I think I’m having a parfait for dessert tonight!

  12. Anonymous says:

    what I love most about this story is, it serves as a great reminder that one can make any meal healthy and tasty as well as convenient! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Olive says:

    this looks really healthy and delicious, I’ll try this with fresh strawberries 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

    ..great photos too 🙂

  14. Becky says:

    I love it, the kids love it, even the husband loves it! Thank you.

  15. Nicole says:

    That looks amazing! Lately I have been trying to jog in the morning (its turned into leisurely walks to the mail box) and that looks like the perfect breakfast to complete the fantasy!

  16. Chris says:

    Looks lovely and I’m sure it’s a great way to start a day.

    happy cooking


  17. This is one of my favorite breakfasts! Cute blog post. I remember those days. My kids are grown and gone now. It’s true that time flies.