Make breakfast exciting with a wholesome fall inspired apple pie yogurt parfait with cranberries! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
When Fall comes around don’t you get a sudden urge for apple pie? I know I do! That’s why I created a delicious recipe to satisfy that craving while enjoying a nutritious breakfast. I take the essential flavors of the incredibly popular Apple pie dessert and layer it with healthier ingredients so that you can be energized for the day.
The best part is I get to show you how to make stove top cranberry apple pie filling and granola made in under 30 minutes. This is lightning fast and super easy compared to making a whole pie or baking granola for hours. Let’s make breakfast fun and exciting again with this apple pie yogurt parfait!
When I think about traditional fall flavor combinations, apples, cinnamon, oats, and cranberries are on the top of my list. I usually have my pantry stocked with those essential ingredients because they’re so versatile. One of my favorite autumn-inspired easy meals using many of those ingredients is my slow cooker pumpkin steel cut oatmeal recipe. You need to try it!
My son James especially loves Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. Seriously, he asks for them as an after school snack, and I’m always happy to give him some. I make sure I have the big 24-ounce bag. As a health-conscious mom, I love having delicious snacks on hand that are ready to go, and help the whole family live an enjoyable healthy lifestyle.
Here are some super interesting cranberry facts, as it can be a year-round superfood to add to your day!
Cranberry Harvesting and Nutritional Benefits
- Wet harvesting- Cranberries float on the surface of the water because they have a tiny pocket of air inside. The growers use water reels to churn the water and loosen the cranberries from the vine so they can be collected and shipped.
- Dry Harvesting- The product you see at the market has most likely been dry harvested. Growers use mechanical pickers to comb the berries off the vine and transfer them to a burlap sack.
- You see fresh berries hit the markets in Fall because harvest season is from mid-September to mid-November in North America.
- Fresh cranberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They are a particularly good source of vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin E.
- 1/4 cup of Craisins® Dried Cranberries provides 1/2 cup of fruit. Add them on top of salads, in a trail mix, granola or blended in a smoothie!
Let’s talk about the delicious apple pie layer of the parfait. You can choose your favorite apple variety, but I like Fuji and Honeycrisp because they are sweet balanced with tart and crisp.
To quickly cook the apples I combine some fresh lemon juice and zest, a touch of pure maple syrup for added sweetness (you can add less if desired), ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to add aroma, Craisins® Dried Cranberries and a little bit of cornstarch to lightly thicken the filling. I could eat some straight from the pot! Let those cool and it’s time to make the crunchy granola topping.
I’m a granola fanatic! I use it as a quick snack, topping or in a big bowl of cereal. I’ve been making my pumpkin granola for years, which creates a huge batch and is baked. I wanted to think of a quicker small batch method to make granola for these apple pie yogurt parfaits.
The solution is to make it right on your stove top! It takes less than 10 minutes to turn the rolled oats into a crunchy granola. I added dried cranberries and almonds for added sweetness, texture and fruit!
I already know how much you are going to LOVE this granola, so the batch makes enough to top on your parfait and then store in an airtight container to use at any time. You’re welcome!
Now for the FUN part, it’s time to build your apple pie yogurt parfaits!
Use a cup or container that can hold about 10 ounces of volume easily. Each parfait is about 1 cup of ingredients, but you want room for extra toppings. Now all you have to do is layer some cooled apple pie filling, your favorite yogurt (I used plain Greek-style yogurt) and top with crunchy granola!
You can make these in advance so you can just grab and go each morning, but add the granola right before eating so it doesn’t get soggy. Each spoonful contains wholesome ingredients like fresh apples, dried cranberries, oats, yogurt and homemade granola. A satisfying meal that everyone will enjoy, and it’s easy to make!
What is your favorite way to add cranberries to your dishes? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments section. Happy Fall eating friends!
What techniques are used to create stovetop granola?
To create a quick granola in a fraction of the time, I’ve broken up the process that would typically take hours to make in the oven. The first thing is to toast the oats and almonds in a pan with a small amount of hot oil. This will rapidly dry cook the outside of the rolled oats, bringing out a nutty flavor and adding some color to the oats. I then separately heat up the maple syrup and cinnamon so that it’s very hot and slightly thickened like lava so that it can stick and coat all of the oats. This adds more caramelized flavors once mixed together. When the coated oats and nuts cool, they will have a crunchy texture, and be made in an instant! You can use your favorite nuts or dried fruit to customize your granola, or even double the batch. Make sure to always use old-fashioned rolled oats for the granola as the texture will hold the best!
- 4 cups apples , fuji, honeycrisp, braeburn or Granny Smith, 1/2-inch dices
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice , plus zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch , or arrowroot
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger , ground
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon , ground
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg , ground
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil , or coconut oil
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almonds , sliced
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon , ground
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 2 cups yogurt , greek-style, regular or non dairy
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat.
Add apples, lemon juice, zest, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, cornstarch, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine and cook for 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
Reduce heat to medium and add cranberries. Stir and cook for another 6 minutes, or until apples are crisp-tender.
Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate while you make the granola.
Heat oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Add the old-fashioned rolled oats and almonds. Cook and stir continuously for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown.
Transfer toasted oats and nuts to a sheet pan and set aside.
Add 3 tablespoons maple syrup and cinnamon to the heated pan. Cook and stir for 1 minute, until the mixture, is bubbling and thickened.
Insert the oats back into the pan, stir until coated with the syrup and cook for 1 minute.
Turn off the heat and stir in the cranberries.
Transfer granola to the sheet pan and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Granola will become crunchy as it cools.
In four cups or bowls, add 1/4 cup of the apple pie filling, 1/4 cup yogurt, 2 tablespoons granola, 1/4 cup of the apple pie filling, 1/4 cup yogurt and them top with additional fruit and granola on top.
Repeat with the remaining cup. If you are not eating immediately, then add them right before serving.
1) Taste the apple pie filling and add more maple syrup if you want to increase the sweetness. I don't like to make the filling too sweet so adjust to your liking.
2) You can substitute the nuts in the granola for pecans or walnuts.
3) You will have extra granola left over so store in an airtight container or in the freezer.
4) You can omit the cornstarch, but if you like the filling to have a thicker glaze add it in.