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Nutty, Fruity Yogurt Parfaits

Here is a festive way to make something that’s good for you and looks and tastes great. You can mix different kinds of fruits, or you and your family can create fruit-themed parfaits, such as a summer berry parfait or a cherry-almond-chocolate parfait—a favorite with kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups favorite granola 
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or pecan pieces, lightly toasted 
  • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt, homemade (see related recipe at left) or purchased 
  • 2 cups mixed chopped fresh fruits and/or whole berries 

Directions:

Have ready four 1-cup or six 3/4-cup parfait glasses or tumblers. In a small bowl, stir together the granola and nuts. Measure out 1/4 cup and set aside.

Divide half of the granola mixture evenly among the glasses. Top with half of the yogurt, and then with half of the fruit, again dividing evenly. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients, ending with the fruit. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved granola mixture. Refrigerate the parfaits for about 20 minutes, then serve. Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Family Meals, by Maria Helm Sinskey (Oxmoor House, 2008).