Fresh Berry and Yogurt Parfaits with Coconut and Dried Cherry Granola

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One of my favorite things for breakfast….. Uh, I mean one of my favorite “Healthy” things to have for breakfast are these yummy Greek yogurt, berry and granola parfait’s. (My most favorite would be a delicious French pastry and a Cappuccino!)

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But seriously, these yogurt parfaits are super yummy.

The granola recipe, I found a few years back, in an issue of Food Network Magazine. I was reminded of it when a friend asked for my favorite granola recipe. Click on the link below for the recipe.

Coconut, Sour Cherry and Pistachio Granola

Method:

Once I have made the granola and let it cool, I then layer plain Greek yogurt (I like to use Fage) with a bit of honey added to it, fresh berries (raspberries and blueberries are my favorite but use whatever you like) and then top with the homemade granola.yogurt-parfait-glass-fruit-fresh-1081134

These would be great served with Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins (In a previous post).

I also use this granola in a cookie recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Click on the link below for cookie recipe.

Everything Cookies

Yum!

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Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

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I started out with the intention of making a banana bread recipe since I had a few overripe bananas on the counter. But when I went to use them they were a bit too far gone, so change of plan.

I had just bought some strawberries at the store the day before, and thought, why not make something with that instead.

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So I put some dry ingredients together and then went to grab the eggs from the fridge….. Dang! Not enough eggs. This is not starting out well. I set the dry ingredients aside and decided I better make a list to take to the store tomorrow so that I don’t forget anything else.

I feel like I’ve had to stop by the store every day this week because I keep forgetting one thing or another! I need to get better at making a list.

Anyway, I finally have what I need to complete this recipe. I decided that, instead of a bread, I would make a coffee cake. Kind of a cross between a bread and a cake.

I must say that it turned out quite delicious. I had a piece with my coffee this morning and another for dessert after dinner. It’s addicting!  Definitely worth that extra trip to the store………again.

Move over banana bread, there’s a new coffee cake in town!

Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I a mixing bowl sift together dry ingredients. Add eggs and melted butter and mix until combined. Fold in chopped strawberries. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 pan. Batter will be thick. Spread evenly in pan.

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Bake at 350 degree for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake. Let cool thoroughly before serving. To serve, you can sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with freshly whipped cream or just as is. Enjoy!

 

 


The Perfect Gift For Mom, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: Candy Bar Edition

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What do Mom’s want? Besides an escape to a tropical island. Oh, and a cleaning fairy. How about Chocolate!

Since the first two items are not feasible for most of us, I will stick with the chocolate. And some wine, of course.

I just love the idea of chocolate dipped strawberries. They are so simple yet elegant at the same time.

I have made many chocolate dipped strawberries over the years. They were always a popular item for weddings and holiday parties.

This time I thought I would take them to another level. Inspired by the fancy caramel apples that are enrobed in nuts and candies and other delectables, I thought why not strawberries?

I decided to go with some of my favorite candy bar flavors to coat the strawberries after dipping in chocolate.

You could do this with any of you favorites. The ones I chose were Reese’s, Twix, M&M’s and Almond Joy. For almond joy I use coconut and toasted sliced almonds.

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First you will need about 24 large ripe strawberries, wash and then dry thoroughly with paper towels. Strawberries need to be completely dry in order for the chocolate to adhere to them.

Then take 1 package of good quality chocolate chips and melt over a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing a stainless steal bowl over a pan of hot water.

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Stir chocolate occasionally until completely melted. Meanwhile, chop up candies that you will be using for coating.

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Dip strawberries into melted chocolate about halfway up and then shake off excess chocolate. Spoon topping of choice over strawberry and then place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

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I always do a few extra strawberries in case I mess a few up. Those are the ones that I get to test for “quality control”. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Once you are done dipping and coating the strawberries, place them in the refrigerator to set up. about an hour.IMG_20170508_225146992

Ingredients:

  • 2 dozen+ strawberries ( don’t forget the extras for quality control)
  • 1 package good quality chocolate
  • candies or cookies of you choice, chopped fine

Yum!