Refreshingly light and healthy, cranberry-apple granola – made with pecans and maple syrup – adds crunch to tangy yogurt.  A tasty, easy-to-make treat for breakfast, lunch or dessert!


1-6 oz bag (1 1/3 cups)            Cranberries, dried

1 cup                                       Apples, dried and chopped

1 cup                                       Apple juice, unsweetened

¾ cup                                      Maple syrup

1 teaspoon                               Cinnamon, ground

½ teaspoon                              Salt

4 cups                                      Old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup                                       Pecans, chopped

½ cup                                      Oat bran

½ cup                                      Wheat germ

½ cup                                      Sunflower seeds

24 oz (2 2/3 cups)                    Vanilla Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 300°F.  Place cranberries and apples in large bowl; set aside. Bring apple juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to boil.  Pour over cranberries and apples; let sit 15 minutes.

Mix oats, pecans, oat bran, wheat germ and sunflower seeds together in separate bowl.  Stir into cranberry mixture until blended.  Spread onto 15½x10½x1-inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 300°F about 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from oven; cool.  Store in sealed container or plastic bag.  Makes 9 cups.

To assemble parfait, place 1/3 cup yogurt in bottom of parfait glass.  Layer with 1/4 cup granola. Repeat ending with 1/4 cup of granola.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 parfaits.


Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: Calories 390 (% Calories from Fat 19%), Protein 18g, Carbohydrate 69g, Fiber 5g, Fat 8g, Sat. Fat 1g, Cholesterol <5mg, Sodium 240mg