Saturday, May 8, 2010

Quick Applesauce Parfaits

Surprise Mom on Mother's Day with breakfast in bed featuring this scrumptious and healthy recipe that anyone (even kids) can make! This very simple recipe makes a breakfast treat or dessert for two. The key is to use the best quality ingredients such as all-natural applesauce and real whipped cream, if possible. Serve in two wine goblets or parfait glasses for a pretty presentation -- or just layer in a large mug or a small bowl if that's easier for you. You can double this recipe if you want to make 4 parfaits.

1 cup good quality granola (break into small chunks if necessary)
1 cup all-natural chunky applesauce (I use Mullen's Apple Sauce)
1 container whipped cream or whipped topping (you won't use the whole thing)
Slivered almonds for topping
Ground cinnamon for topping

Note: When you're ready to assemble the parfaits, keep in mind that you'll want to have at least two "sets" of the three different layers (granola, applesauce, whipped cream) in each glass, and in any event you will want the top layer to be whipped cream. Also keep in mind that the ingredient quantities above are flexible, and you may end up with a little left over or need a little more, all depending on the size of your wine or parfait glasses (or bowl or mug).

Spoon some of the granola into the bottom of each glass. Spoon some of the applesauce on top of the granola. Top with a little of the whipped cream as the third layer, to finish the first "set" of layers. Repeat the three layers until the glass is full, with whipped cream as the final layer. Lightly dust with cinnamon to taste, and with a light sprinkling of slivered almonds. Serves two.

Zestfully yours,

PS: Mullen's Apple Sauce is hands-down the BEST apple sauce I've ever tasted, and it's currently on sale at the Carolina Sauce Company online store. A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which assists officers and their families in times of need.

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