Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

I’m really excited to share this breakfast post with you – partly because I have re-discovered the magic of home-made. Despite my best efforts to return to a forgotten and slower way of living, there are still some fast living, processed luxuries that I continue to indulge in. Eating un-seasonally, reverting into the man-made arms of my kitchen aid and devouring European yogurt on a regular basis are some of these things.

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

Yogurt is one of those staple foods, consumed by all that is too often taken for granted – due to its constant availability. In times preceding the convenience of supermarkets, yogurt was a simple, rare luxury. A hand and home-made process which took days to create and time to ferment. I think it’s time we revert back to the past, to learn to create and appreciate the everyday foods we eat and take for granted.

In my opinion, there are few things better than the home-made. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to say that you took the time and care to make your own yogurt from scratch…and an even more amazing feeling to say that it tastes utterly delicious and could rival any store bought version.

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

Don’t ask why you would make your own yogurt – rather, ask why you wouldn’t make it. Made with good, organic whole milk and a dollop of full fat yogurt, this yogurt takes less than an hour to make, then a day to ferment. And in 24 short hours I was greeted with the most delicious, silky, fresh and creamy yogurt perfect to be consumed with just about anything.

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers are a simple yet luxurious morning pleasure…and are comprised of layers of granola, yogurt, fresh berries and edible flowers. The home-made yogurt is infused with the slight flavour of chamomile and is as rich, smooth and slightly tangy as you can imagine, reminiscent of a good quality European – which can often be so hard to find.

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

And the granola is home-made and easy to make too. It’s a one-bowl, stove top version that literally takes less than 10 minutes to make. No need for the hassle of mixing ingredients in several bowls, using and lining numerous baking trays or even switching them round in a hot oven. Blessedly, you can still make these parfaits using store bought ingredients – but the home-made touches just add that little bit more of satisfaction and finesse.

These Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers render indulgence on so many levels and restore natural home-made balance and beauty in my diet. They are wonderfully flamboyant yet relatively low maintenance at the same time…the yogurt and granola can be made days before and stored until required, just add fresh fruit and pretty flowers before serving.

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the home-made chamomile yogurt:
  • ¼ gallon / 950 ml / 32 fl. oz whole milk
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 40 g / 1.4 oz. plain full fat yogurt
For the stove-top granola:
  • Scant 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. shaved coconut
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp. honey or sweetener of choice
For the granola parfaits:
  • Granola
  • Home-made chamomile yogurt
  • Punnet fresh blueberries
  • Edible flowers (pansies, nasturtiums and carnations)
Instructions
  1. In a large stainless-steel pot, heat the milk and chamomile tea bags over low heat until you see tiny bubbles begin to foam at the edges, or until the milk reaches 185 F / 85 C on a candy thermometer, roughly 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off and remove from the heat. Let the milk cool down until it reaches 109 F / 42 C on a candy thermometer, about 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags then whisk in the yogurt and cover the pot with cheesecloth. Let the yogurt sit in a warm spot to thicken for about 24 hours.
  2. When the yogurt has reached a consistency you like, strain it through a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve to remove any risen liquid then transfer it into a sealed jar and refrigerate. Or, if you prefer a thicker yogurt, strain it in a fine-mesh strainer lined with 4 to 5 layers of cheesecloth, then refrigerate. Serve chilled, or store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  3. For the stove-top granola, dry-toast the oats, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, coconut and cinnamon in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. In the center, make a well and add in the coconut oil and honey. Continue to stir for another 5 minutes, making sure the mixture is well coated and beginning to toast and turn brown. Once browned, remove from the heat and allow the granola to cool before transferring to a lidded jar or container. The granola can be stored for up to 2 weeks.
  4. When ready to assemble, begin to layer the parfaits using the granola, yogurt and berries. Garnish with edible flowers and serve with honey.
Notes
Home-made yogurt adapted from "A boat, a whale & a walrus" by Renee Erickson

Granola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible FlowersGranola Parfaits with Home-made Chamomile Yogurt and Edible Flowers

75 Comments

  • Reply Maggie March 10, 2015 at 6:03 am

    My family make yogurt all the time and now I seldom buy it form supermarket. Although we often use a yogurt machine, because the room in winter will be quite cold. If I cook the yogurt without machine, how warm do you think is enough? I’d love to try out your method, because I can make bigger batch of yogurt this way 🙂

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  • Reply Françoise La Prune March 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Homemade chamomile yoghurt? Sounds incredible!!! Will definitely try this one! 🙂

  • Reply Michele @ Two Raspberries March 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    this is SO pretty! I love parfaits and these look de-lish! 😉

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter March 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I love that you made your own yogurt – so true – nothing compares! My dad used to make a big batch every week and it was such a beautiful thing when we got to sit down and enjoy it by the spoonful. Love that you used them in these yogurt parfaits, they look amazing!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl March 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I saw these parfaits on Pinterest and fell in love. Obsessed with edible flower recipes and this one looks perfect!

  • Reply Nicole @ foodie loves fitness March 3, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Those flowers make these parfaits look absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never made my own yogurt before, and I should totally try this.

  • Reply Gin March 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    These are gorgeous! You’re inspiring me to try edible flowers – I’ve never used them but you make them look amazing!

  • Reply Kari Peters March 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I love the way you use flowers in your recipes, it’s so creative and inspired! I’ve never tried adding a flavor to yogurt before, I think a whole world of homemade possibilities just opened up!

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure March 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    The parfaits are beautiful. Love the add of edible flowers on top.

  • Reply Ros Emely March 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Looks so delicious! About the edible flowers- very interesting.

  • Reply Lynn | The Road to Honey February 28, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a microbiologist by training and this recipe takes me back to my Microbiology 101 days. I love how you dressed everyday yogurt to the nines with the edible flowers. Very chic and very unexpected!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout February 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I love this gentle homemade approach to food! Chamomile yogurt sounds delicious. So beautiful. Pinning!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext February 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    These granola parfaits are so beautiful, Thalia. This is my idea of the perfect breakfast, fresh and full of amazing flavours. Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Nandita February 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    These parfaits look so amazing. Love the flavors and the colors. The presentation is just mind blowing 🙂

  • Reply Liz February 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

    You made your own yogurt??? SO yummy! And your breakfast parfaits are gorgeous!

  • Reply Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy February 28, 2015 at 4:47 am

    These yogurt parfaits look so pretty and delicious, Thalia! As always , i love how you created a beautiful and unique dessert from basic ingredients!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking February 28, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Love that the yogurt and granola is homemade. This is so unique. 🙂

  • Reply Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates February 28, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Homemade yogurt?! You are amazing! These are so beautiful!

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy February 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    These look amazing! I love the chamomile yogurt what a brilliant idea!

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Thalia – you sure are right – there are “few things better than the home-made” indeed – but yet, I’ve never made my own yogurt – and your homemade version in these parfaits look so dang creamy it’s leaving me thinking I need to try replicating this! So delish!

  • Reply Mila February 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Hi Thalia! What a wonderful photos with those beautiful flowers!!!

  • Reply Marissa | Pinch and Swirl February 27, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Look at those sweet flowers! I love love this, Thalia! Love!!

  • Reply Christine February 27, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I loooove making my own yogurt…and Europe spoiled me in terms of yogurt. I can’t even bring myself to open up the ones you find in the US. They all have this strange aftertaste. And as you said…in 24 short hours you can literally be feeding yourself the silkiest, creamiest yogurt you’ve ever had. And I love the spring touch to these parfaits. So beautiful!

  • Reply marcie February 27, 2015 at 12:27 am

    These are such glamorous parfaits, Thalia! Those edible flowers on top make them just perfect for spring. 🙂

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    What a beautiful dessert to set down in front of someone. I have never served edible flowers like this but wow it’s gorgeous.

  • Reply Stephanie February 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    These are just gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    GORGEOUS as always, and I’m love the edible flowers, it’s a perfect touch! I couldn’t agree more, there really isn’t anything better than homemade, and we all need to slow on down and do things like this more often. great recipe!

  • Reply Jacqueline {Go Go Go Gourmet} February 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Oh Thalia- gorgeous as always!!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef February 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Ok, SO excited about this post! I was just talking to a friend about making homemade yogurt, so your timing is perfect! When I clicked over from Food Gawker I expected a recipe for a relatively normal parfait but love that you switched it up! Will definitely be trying this out for myself!

  • Reply Emily @ SageRecipes February 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    These are gorgeous – and perfect for spring!

  • Reply Diana February 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

    So beautiful! It makes me think of spring 🙂

  • Reply Mary February 26, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I love yogurt parfaits but I never though of making them myself. Yours look so beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat.

  • Reply Mary | chattavore February 26, 2015 at 1:35 am

    These are so pretty, Thalia! I haven’t made my own yogurt in ages. I need to make chamomile yogurt…that sounds amazing!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) February 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I, like you, love to return to that slower pace of life where things are homemade. It is good to slow down and create more. I adore this recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Briana Thomas February 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    It’s so SPRINGY!! Love the idea of flavoring the yogurt with tea.

  • Reply mira February 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Your yogurt parfaits look lovely Thalia! So healthy and delicious! Great pictures!

  • Reply Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It! February 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Your photos and parfait look delightful! We make our own granola, but not yogurt. I am intrigued…

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness February 25, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    It is so awesome that infuse flower into yogurt. Very smart idea! Beautiful and delicious parfaits!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I love that you flavored this homemade yogurt with chamomile. I always have chamomile tea before bed but love the idea of it in the morning mixed into yogurt.

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    These parfaits are gorgeous, Thalia! I love homemade parfaits with granola, such a tasty snack! And those edible flowers are gorgeous! Love this!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Your recipes and photography is so inspiring Thalia! These granola parfaits are absolutely perfect. I had no idea making your own yogurt was so easy. I need to give this homemade version a try. The chamomile flavor sounds delicious.

  • Reply Chahaya @ Sweet Si Bon February 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    What a perfect early spring treat! I love using edible flowers in dishes. Beautifully photographed

  • Reply Frl.Moonstruck February 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Oh wow, this looks SO pretty! 🙂

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina February 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    What a delicious looking yogurt parfait! And I LOVE those edible flowers on top, such an adorable idea!! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert February 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I don’t think a parfait has ever looked more beautiful!

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife February 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    These would be such a beautiful, mostly-make-ahead-assemble-the-day-of brunch addition. I’m thinking Easter. Very spring-y. Gorgeous.

  • Reply Trish February 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    This is SO FREAKIN GORGEOUS! I love that you made your own yogurt. Something I have always wanted to try. Love the addition of the edible flowers. So Spring-y. I love it!

  • Reply Ludmilla February 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    So beautiful!!!! I love parfaits!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery February 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen granola parfaits so stunning. Those flowers are just perfect!

  • Reply Cece Leskova February 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    These are so lovely!

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    These parfaits are gorgeous! Seriously in love with how vibrant this recipe is. Love the addition of edible flowers! Yum!

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker February 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This has be one of my breakfast treat when I want a lighter meal. The tea infused yoghurt is so unique, I have to try this Thalia! Your discovery with homemade food resonates with me; my relationship with food was healed by making it myself.

  • Reply Amy February 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I love the use of edible flowers. Something that I really need to try. So pretty!

  • Reply Emily February 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This is like cheerful splash of sunshine on a gray day. love it! Granola parfaits are always such a fun breakfast.

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet February 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I love making homemade granola, but I’ve never tried making my own yogurt – this post has totally inspired me to try! Sounds so delicious

  • Reply erin @ erinmadethis.com February 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I make yoghurt each year with my food technology class. What a beautiful idea with addition of chamomile! I’m going to add it when we make it next week xx

  • Reply Kristin | Tasty Joy February 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I make my own yogurt but have never thought to flavor it with chamomile; that’s a wonderful idea!

  • Reply Valérie February 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Delicious! I’m all in to edible flowers after I discovered my love for lavender, I guess now recipe is on the menu!

    //Valérie
    http://www.globalspicedblog.tumblr.com

  • Reply Christine | No Gojis, No Glory February 25, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Wow! What a beautiful breakfast Thalia! This is right up my alley with homemade granola. But I’ve never attempted a homemade yogurt. I don’t understand why full fat yogurt is so hard to find. I haven’t been able to enjoy it since my time in Sweden. I must try this. Thanks for the recipe Thalia!

  • Reply Sofia // From the Land we Live on February 25, 2015 at 4:30 am

    This is the prettiest breakfast ever! All of your creations are SO beautiful. Sometimes I can’t even comment because it’s just a “WOW” but seriously…love your styling and photography, Thalia!

  • Reply Di Bibby February 25, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Happiness in a glass. This is quite simply the best way to start your day. Gorgeous, Thalia.

  • Reply Brittaney @ Sips and Snacks February 25, 2015 at 4:02 am

    These are beautiful! I’ve never made my own yogurt. I am intrigued. And the addition of chamomile is right up my alley!

  • Reply mjskit February 25, 2015 at 3:01 am

    this is one of those breakfasts that is almost to beautiful to eat. Love everything about it and the edible flowers were a great finish!

  • Reply Sonja February 25, 2015 at 2:04 am

    So pretty! This is pretty much what I eat for breakfast everyone morning at the office while settling in at my desk in the morning with my coffee. I buy my granola, but now that you’ve shared this easy stovetop version I think I’ll start making it myself! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • Reply Analida February 25, 2015 at 1:30 am

    They look lovely and delicious!!! I’ve always wanted to make home-made yogurt. You’ve inspired me!

  • Reply Hope February 25, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos! they scream spring to me. Great flavour combo aswel!

  • Reply June Burns February 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Such pretty parfaits! I like all your treats with flowery flavors, they are so pretty and I’m sure they taste great too 🙂

  • Reply Erin @ The Speckled Palate February 24, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    These parfaits are absolutely GORGEOUS, and I love that they’re completely homemade! We make homemade granola quite a bit at our house, but I’ve never tried my hand at yogurt… and I feel like it’s time to make that happen. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Malinda @countrysidecravings February 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    These look so pretty!! I love yogurt parfaits!!

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