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Cranberry-granola-yogurt parfait recipe

cranberry-granola-yogurt parfait | pamela salzman

Sometimes I think of Thanksgiving as the culinary Olympics since there is major cooking and intense prep involved.  And today I have the sore legs to show for it!  But it is all worth it especially when I get to cook with my kids and spend a nice long day with my loved ones.  I had the extra-special treat of having my mom visit this year for which I was so grateful.  She was an amazing sous chef and always has such an easy going attitude.  I am hoping (hint, hint) that she makes this a regular trip and brings my dad next time.

yummy homemade granola | pamela salzman

Today is not a cooking day for me.  It might be a reheating leftovers day.  It might be a juicing and smoothie day.  But I have turned off the creative area of my brain and I am giving my feet a much-needed rest and that’s that.  My main focus today is getting out of the house after lunch so that when that craving for pie hits, I’m less likely to succumb to temptation.  This is when poor eating habits take hold and before you know it, it’s January 5th and there are a few extra pounds that came out of nowhere.  Except I’m telling you, they start today!

homemade cranberry sauce | pamela salzman

If you want something sweet, but a little more natural, I have always loved this parfait, which also does double duty by using up leftover cranberry sauce.  There’s really no recipe here, just layers of cranberry sauce, unsweetened yogurt, and granola.  And sometimes I swirl the cranberry sauce  into the yogurt.  If you don’t have any granola in the house, just mix together what I call “faux granola” — a few nuts and seeds, dried fruit and toasted (or raw) coconut.  You still get the crunch that balances out the creamy from the yogurt.  I’m not over thinking this one and I don’t think I have it in me to do so if I tried!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

cranberry-yogurt-granola parfait | pamela salzman

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Cranberry-Yogurt-Granola Parfait
  • plain, unsweetened yogurt, regular or Greek-style (I like whole yogurt)
  • leftover cranberry sauce
  • granola
  1. Take a glass and layer the ingredients however you want.  There is no right or wrong way to do this.  You can do one layer or each, or two layers of yogurt and granola and one dollop of cranberry sauce.  Just make sure you have enough yogurt so the parfait doesn't get too sweet!

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  1. Hi Pamela,

    What brands of regular plain yogurt do you approve of? Thanks!

    • My favorite is White Mountain yogurt. It is in quart-sized glass jars at Whole Foods. My next favorite is Straus Family Creamery, although I take off points for being in plastic. Do you have either brand at your local market? I also like sheep yogurt.

  2. Great ideas! I’m relatively new to eating without dairy and it’s not always easy. Thank you for the suggestions!

  3. Looks so good! Is there any easy substitute for the yogurt if you don’t eat dairy?

    • Have you tried almond milk yogurt or coconut yogurt? They are really good, but I haven’t found one that is unsweetened so I would mix it with “faux granola” instead of sweetened granola. Or you can make a cashew cream by blending soaked and drained cashews with enough water or almond milk to make a thick, creamy concoction that is great with yogurt and fruit! I’ve even blended the cashews with frozen bananas. Try 3/4 cup soaked cashews, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 frozen banana (optional.)

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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