grilled pear parfaits with homemade granola in jars on cooling rack
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Healthy Pear & Yogurt Parfaits with Pecan Cardamom Spiced Granola

These grilled pear & yogurt parfaits make for a pretty breakfast and brunch menu item. Homemade cardamom spiced granola layered in for extra deliciousness. Gluten free and vegan friendly using your choice of yogurt.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour (includes cooling time)
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 yogurt parfaits 1x
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For the Yogurt Parfaits

  • 2 medium bosc or green anjou pears
  • 1/2 TBSP oil
  • 24 oz yogurt (your choice – flavored, plain, Greek, Skyr, plant based)
  • granola
  • 8 oz jars

Healthy Homemade Granola

  • 3 cups rolled oats (see notes)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, avocado oil or melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract


make the granola

Preheat oven to 350ºF and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat; set aside. In a large bowl stir together rolled oats, nuts, seeds, spices and chia seeds. Pour in oil, maple syrup and vanilla; stir until dry ingredients are well coated – use hands at the end if needed. Transfer mixture to lined pan and press flat. Bake for 15 minutes then check the granola and either stir if you want less chunks, or flip to keep some chunks. Continue baking another 5-8 minutes. Remove pan from oven and allow granola to cool completely (about 45 minutes to 1 hour) before stirring and removing from pan – the granola gets crunchier as it cools.

grill the pears

To cook the pears use a grill pan, cast iron skillet or outdoor grill. Cut the pears in half and remove the seeds; lightly coat in oil and first grill cut side down for about 3-4 minutes. Then flip the pears and cook for another 2 minutes, or until just slightly softened but not mushy. Allow pears to cool before dicing into small chunks, about 1/2″.

assemble the yogurt parfaits

Add about 2 tablespoon cooled granola into bottom of 8 oz jar. Add in about 3 tablespoons of yogurt, a layer of diced pears and more granola. Repeat this process until jars are filled.

Recipes Notes:

If you prefer more granola clusters, replace 2/3 of the rolled oats with quick oats. Use hands to mix the granola ingredients together at the end, and keep clumps while baking. Check  granola halfway  through baking time and *flip* the granola, don’t stir. Then make sure the granola cools completely. Here is another granola recipe that would work.

Store completely cooled granola in airtight container. This should stay fresh and keep texture for about 2-3 weeks.

These pear yogurt parfaits can be prepped 1-2 days ahead of time.

Nutrition info does not include using all of the granola on the 4 parfaits.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size: 1 parfait
  • Calories: 344
  • Sugar: 32
  • Sodium: 129
  • Fat: 28
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 22
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 62
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 13
  • Cholesterol: 5