“What are you doing?” I asked my student.
“Writing down the recipe.”
“Does that look like the recipes we use in class? Where are the amounts? Where are the directions?”
“Oh, I’ll remember. I have a really good memory.”

The kind of “really good memory” that spells coconut as ‘counut,‘ while copying off the board, strawberries as ‘sberrys,’ cinnamon as cinnamin’, and oats ‘outs’ — let’s not even mention pseeds and sunseeds.

“Good, good. I’m glad you liked the recipe so much.”
“I LOVED it.”

This one is a simple one. And in all honesty, as one of my third graders pointed out:

“You don’t even need a recipe for this, it’s so easy. — and you don’t need to use strawberries or bananas. You can use whatever fruit you have, right?”

I love it when my students finally get that a recipe should be interpreted to fit not only their own tastes, but also what is available. Connection made. I would be hard-pressed, as would my students to tell you what the best part of this recipe is: the simple stovetop granola or the layers of jazzed up fruit.

You can make this parfait with or without the granola. Without the granola (or with pre-made), this is a great dish for super little kids to make — especially for mom this coming Mother’s Day. Any way you cut it though, this dish was a hands down favorite across all grade levels.

Quick Stovetop Granola
Serves 6
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1) Warm coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats, pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt. Toast until oats and seeds begin to brown. Remove from heat, fold in maple syrup. Set aside to cool.

NOTE: Other add-ins include other seeds (sesame, hemp, chia, etc), nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chunks, flax — whatever you love in your granola.

Cinnamon-Honey Fruit Parfait
Serves 6
1 quart plain or vanilla yogurt
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 bananas, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon honey
2 pinches cinnamon

1) Slice strawberries and transfer to a small bowl. Mix in honey. Set aside.
2) Slice bananas, transfer to another small bowl.  Mix in cinnamon. Set aside.
3) Using tall clear glasses, begin assembling parfait, layering yogurt with fruit (and granola, if using). Finish parfait with a top layer of yogurt and a small scoop of strawberries.

NOTE: Most any fruit combination works well in this dish– from pineapple to cantaloupe. Mix and match, use your favorite or whatever is available.


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