Fresh Fruit Parfaits with Homemade Yogurt and Granola

Fresh Fruit Parfaits with Homemade Yogurt and Granola
  1. Fruit of choice, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries – about 2 quarts
  2. The Juice of one orange
  3. Homemade Yogurt or purchased yogurt (Note: This was made in an multi-use instant cooker. I followed the directions for yogurt in the instruction manual. Do check your own instant cooker directions for potential changes).
  4. 5 c. whole milk
  5. ½ c. yogurt starter – this can be plain purchased yogurt but it must have live cultures
  6. Homemade Granola or purchased granola
  7. 2 cups sliced almonds or chopped pecans
  8. ¾ cup vegetable oil
  9. ½ cup honey
  10. 1 ½ cups small diced dried apricots
  11. 1 cup dried cranberries
  12. 1 cup golden raisins
Homemade Yogurt
  1. Using the slow cooker feature, heat milk to 180 degrees (you will need a thermometer for this).
  2. Once the milk reaches 180, remove the insert from the instant pot and put it in a cold-water bath until the milk cools to 110 degrees. Remove from the water bath, put the insert back in the base and whisk in the starter. Put the lid on the instant pot, set the knob to steam and lock the lid. Press the yogurt feature and the timer should set to 8 hours. Press start. When the time has elapsed, remove the lid and pour the yogurt into a colander lined with cheesecloth or a flour sack dish towel. The whey will separate and thicken the yogurt. Drain until desired consistency is reached. The yogurt will continue to thicken in the refrigerator. Put yogurt into containers and refrigerate.
Homemade Granola
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and the honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula until the mixture turns a golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the apricots, dried cranberries, cherries and raisins.
  3. Pour juice over fruit and let sit for a few minutes
  4. To Serve: In individual ramekins, ladle fruit. Top with a dollop of yogurt and a handful of granola. Enjoy!
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