Berry Cream Parfait with Homemade Granola

Summer season always offers a large selection of berries, so there is no logical reason not to eat them every day.

This parfait is the perfect summer dessert or snack. I used strawberries and blueberries, but you can add raspberries, blackberries and even cherries.

The berries add color and a bright, summery flavor while the cream cheese/yogurt/whipped cream mixture and granola add sweetness and depth. Simple and delicious, this parfait is a wonderful way to highlight all of those tasty summer berries.

Granola

4 tbsp. oil

½ cup seeds

½ cup honey

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cup oats       

½ cup nuts

½ cup coconut

1 tbsp cinnamon

Stir together and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

Berry sauce

1 pound of berries

1 tbsp sugar

1-2 tsp cornstarch

Water

 

Cream Cheese/Yogurt Cream

12 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp vanilla            

1 cup heavy cream

 

Instructions:

In a small pot combine sliced strawberries and blueberries with one tablespoon sugar. Cook on low temperature until berries are soft. Combine cornstarch and water and add it to the berries. Set the sauce aside and let it cool.

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add the yogurt, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined.

In another bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  Fold into the cream cheese mixture.

Assemble Parfaits:

Place about a tablespoon of granola in the bottom of your glass.  Layer some of the cheesecake filling, then some strawberry sauce and sprinkle some more granola on top. Repeat layers and top with whipped cream.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 4 large parfaits or 6 smaller ones.

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