Maple Walnut Granola Parfaits

maple walnut granola parfaits / #vegan #glutenfree

While we don’t have kids that are going back to school this week, I’m starting to think more and more about healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas. You know – to send to work with my big kid (Jack) in hopes that one day he might start skipping the greasy breakfast tacos & processed Costco bagels that are usually waiting for him at the office. (I can at least try, right?)

maple walnut granola parfaits / #vegan #glutenfree maple walnut granola parfaits / #vegan #glutenfree

I can always win him over with a smoothie, but I don’t always have time in the mornings to break out the blender. He loved these peanut butter crispy treats but I like to change things up. This week’s plan is to have these parfaits ready and waiting in the fridge so he can easily grab and go.

This is a spin on my favorite granola recipe – this time I used hemp seeds & walnuts. It isn’t a super clumpy granola (some might call it more of a cereal), but it’s tasty and packed with protein and some good omega 3’s.

maple walnut granola parfaits / #vegan #glutenfree maple walnut granola parfaits / #vegan #glutenfree

Use whatever fruit you like – I used strawberries, blueberries and frozen tart cherries (like I said before, we’re in love with them). Feel free to use your favorite yogurt – plain, greek, or coconut yogurt if you’re vegan. I should also mention that you might want to keep your granola separate until you’re ready to eat these so it stays crunchy.

maple walnut granola parfaits
Serves: about 4 parfaits (makes about 1 heaping cup of granola)
  • ¾ cup rolled oats (not instant)*
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds (or skip & use ¼ cup more oats)
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
for the parfaits:
  • fruit - fresh or frozen (strawberries, blueberries, tart cherries, etc)
  • plain yogurt or vegan yogurt - ½ cup per jar
  • optional: more maple syrup or honey to sweeten the fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, hemp seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and salt. Drizzle coconut oil & maple syrup and mix again.
  3. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, add the coconut flakes, stir, and bake for 15 more minutes or until everything is nicely toasted.
  4. Let cool for 15 minutes before adding to the parfaits.
  5. Mix fruit and add a drizzle of maple and honey if you wish. Assemble parfaits with fruit on the bottom, a scoop of yogurt, and granola on top.
*If you're gluten free make sure you get oats that are labeled as Certified Gluten Free. Oats are often processed in factories w/ gluten so it's important to look for that label.

If you're making these in advance, keep the granola separate until you're ready to eat. (so it doesn't get soggy).


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  1. Lecia from

    Yogurt parfaits make a regular appearance on our breakfast table; I particularly love how pretty they are. (I suspect I’m the only one in my testosterone-filled house who notices that aspect, but my boys do love to eat them…)

  2. Maryna from

    The idea is awesome, because skipping g breakfast isn’t nice) and such a refreshing and healthy breakfast will definitely make the day!)

  3. I just made up my weekly batch of granola too. But this maple walnut combo is hard to beat, I love these flavors! And yes, you can and should try….don’t know who could resist this granola?! 😉

  4. I agree that there is something about the start of the school year that makes me think about healthy and new breakfast ideas…..even though I’m not in school and don’t have kids! These parfaits look absolutely perfect!

  5. Ella from

    YUM. My dad often skips lunch, which makes me very sad (he works from home, so it’s not like he’s being given unhealthy food all the time- he just forgets!). These parfaits sound like an awesome make-ahead option for people on the go. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sandhya from

    I love parfaits and this looks so yummy! I am going to try and make this one!
    I am new to blogging but very passionate about cooking I post mainly Indian and Indian fusion recipes on my blog Indfusion. I hope to learn a lot from you about blogging too. Love your blog!

  7. Delicious! I’ve been really wanting to whip up some granola lately and this recipe would be perfect!

  8. This granola sounds great – I need to definitely make this granola soon, delicious!!

  9. I go through breakfast phases, where I eat the same food for 3 months in a row until I get sick of it and move onto the next. It’s been a while since I had parfaits… bookmarking this to try soon.

  10. megan from

    I’ve never been one for big breakfasts’ in the morning, something about eating right when I wake up just doesn’t do it for me. My usual is a bowl of granola (more cereal-like than clumpy) with a bit of milk and a mug of tea. The granola is eaten first and hurriedly and I only let myself drink my tea once I’m finished. That’s how I get myself to eat breakfast – terrible, isn’t it? But I bet if I made these the night before, I’d enjoy eating them in the morning!

  11. Great recipe. I make parfaits often but have never really tried making my own granola. Looks delicious.

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  13. OH thank you for his– Love it and I will make some today!!!

  14. These are beautiful! There’s something so therapeutic about making your own granola and I’m a huge sucker for the maple walnut combo. Pinning! 🙂

  15. The CUTEST! I love anything that goes into a mason jar

  16. I love the maple and walnut combination in the granola. Also, I think adding coconut oil makes all the difference! Lovely recipe.

    • jeanine

      thanks! me too – I love coconut oil 🙂

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