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Apple Cranberry Almond Granola Parfait
Killer granola for the after-party or home alone
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST NATALIE LEWIS
In just a few days it will be that time of year again.
A time where food is celebrated in households across the nation, uniting families around the dinner table to appreciate not just what’s on the plate, but each other and the beautiful life we’ve been given. Food is the glue that holds us together on the special day, and for this I feel obligated to embrace the holiday and surrender myself completely to the temptations of Thanksgiving!
By using my free pass on Thursday I am able to guiltlessly indulge in all of the holiday delights with absolutely no regrets… until Friday.
Plan a mouth-watering morning after…
Post-Thanksgiving highs are like stepping off the plane from a two-week Caribbean vacation in January. A small part of you is always glad to be home, yet the majority of you wants to jump back on that plane and kick reality to the curb. This is why I always have a buffer in place; something to ease me back into reality without having to go straight from the beach to the office.
So, here it is — my post-Thanksgiving buffer: rich and creamy spiced apple parfait with homemade almond-cranberry granola. A decadent treat that tricks my body into thinking it’s just as bad for me, but is actually packed full of protein and loads of natural deliciousness.
… or warm up to chilling out the night before
This also serves perfectly as a festive dessert for those of you who don’t go into Thanksgiving with the same approach (those of you who have dust covered shoe boxes full of free passes stashed away in your attic – ahem, you know who you are!).
So, whether you chose to splurge on pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes this season or not, I wish you all a wholesome Thanksgiving holiday nourished with love, laughter and all the goodness in between!
Baked Apple and Cranberry-Almond Granola Parfait
Makes 2 parfaits
1 1/2 cups low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt (sweetened with honey to taste)
Cranberry-Almond Granola, recipe follows
2 sweet apples, such as red delicious
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup oats
1/2 cup almonds slivers
1 tbsp flax seed
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp all spice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350F.
Peel and bake the apples Begin by peeling the apples, and dice into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes. In a medium bowl toss apples in honey, water and cinnamon. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake for about 25 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Once apples are cooked reduce oven temperature to 325F.
Prepare the granola by combining all ingredients in medium bowl, coating well. Prepare a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly on the sheet. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown, being sure to toss every 5 minutes or so (important to prevent burning).
Once the granola has cooled, layer in a glass with yogurt and apples, and serve.
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