Apricot-Yogurt Parfait with California Granola

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings; 6 cups granola
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Ingredients

California Granola

Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped

1 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/4 pure clover honey

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin California olive oil

1/4 cup packed light-brown muscovado sugar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/4 cup raisins or dried cherries

Parfait

1/4 cup apricot nectar

6 ounces dried apricots

6 tablespoons sugar

3 cups low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. For the granola: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or brush lightly with canola oil.
  2. Combine the oats, almonds and walnuts in a large bowl. Combine the honey, canola oil, olive oil, sugar, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until combined. Turn the mixture out onto an 11- by 7-inch jelly-roll pan, and spread into an even layer.
  3. Bake, stirring and re-spreading the mixture into an even layer every 5 minutes, until the granola is light golden brown, about 45 minutes. Immediately turn the granola out onto another jelly-roll pan to cool and stop the cooking process. Stir in the apricots and raisins and then spread the granola evenly in the pan. Set on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Loosen any dried granola with a spatula and store in an airtight container.
  4. For the parfait: Combine the nectar, apricots, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the apricots are soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover. Let the mixture chill in the fridge.
  5. Fold the apricot puree into the yogurt (don't combine completely), and layer in parfait glasses with the California granola.