Amounts are so variable, I'll just give general guidelines. You have to start several hours ahead, or preferably the day before, to allow the ingredients to meld and chill. You do NOT cook the oatmeal first. Old-fashioned and quick oats are entirely edible and safe raw, and are in many granolas and mueslis. Do not use instant oatmeal.
Mix your oats and juice. You can use other juices, but grape juice will give you a kind of nasty gray color. Set aside for a couple of hours until all the juice has been absorbed. They will be nice and creamy when served.
Prepare the fruit in bite size pieces. I like a mixture of berries with some apple for crunch. If it is likely to discolor, splash a little orange or lemon juice on, then drain. Add some seeds, like pumpkin seeds, if you like. Chop nuts in small pieces, walnuts, almonds, and pecans are especially nice. They add flavor, nutrition, and another kind of crunch.
Sweeten with a little honey, if you like. Your yogurt should be the healthiest kind. You can use any flavor you like. I prefer vanilla for this.
To assemble: Use a parfait glass, or anything suitable for a parfait. Highball glasses are great. Make 2 layers each of oats , your fruit/nut mixture, and the yogurt. Cover with a lid, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a drizzle of honey, chopped banana, or as is.
This is very tasty. I used to eat it for dessert. In the right container, it is easy to take with you or pack for lunches. It is also very nutritious, making a guilt-free treat. Best of all, kids tend to love it.
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
I had heard about Greek yogurt being so good for you, as well as the only thing known that helps with belly fat, according to my expert, Dr. Oz. I credit my lifestyle and knowledge about supplements to him. Greek yogurt is like a parfait, it's creamy and doesn't have a bitter aftertaste. It's a wonderful substitute for Cool Whip in many recipes.
I love Chobani Greek yogurt. When I find it's on sale, it is a very good day! It comes in plain, which can be a substituted for whipped cream or other toppings. It can also be served with fruit that is fresh. I love using the pineapple as a base to my parfait. I put it in a bowl with organic granola on top of the yogurt. Don't be shy with experimenting with different granola; from the cheaper ones in a box to ones you can buy a little bit at a time in the bins at your natural foods store. I have been surprised at ones I liked. All are good for you with added things I never thought I would try.
I always keep blueberries frozen in my freezer, I buy them on sale. They stay so good in the freezer so you can buy extra. I use blueberries (fresh or frozen) or strawberries, and bananas are also good. I put any fruit I have on top of the granola. It's easier, but everyone I tell about it loves it as much as I do. This time easy isn't a bad thing.
I can tell you if you have ever have a parfait at McDonald's, it tastes almost the same, but is so good for you. There is nothing bad. I eat flax seed, yeast, and chia seeds. If you do, it's easy to add these to your parfait, if not for taste then for the added vitamins. Enjoy!
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
Put each ingredient in a bowl (yogurt, fresh berries, granola, and berry compote). Give out parfait glasses and have kid's layer the ingredients in any order they want. Then let them add the toppings.
Place berries and maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes until it thickens a little. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
Line jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides) with foil. Pour vegetable oil and honey in middle and heat for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and add oats, coconut, and nuts. Heat 10 minutes, take out and stir, repeat this process two more times for a total of 30 minutes. Watch carefully, you may not want to go the full 10 minutes the last time. Don't burn your nuts! Remove from oven and add dried fruit to hot mixture. Cool and store in airtight container.
For parfait: Layer favorite yogurt in bottom of bowl. Top with fresh fruit and granola - voila!
By Jane from Iowa City, IA