Granola Trifles

A Granola Trifle layers granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. Normally, a dessert trifle consists of cake, custard, and fruit. But for this trifle we have simply substituted granola for the cake, yogurt for the custard, and the fruit can be whatever is in season. The myriad of flavors and textures in this recipe is an absolute delight to the taste buds. The crunchiness from granola, the smoothness of yogurt and the juiciness from the fruits make it a really delightful breakfast or snack or even a hearty dessert. I like to serve the trifle in parfait or wine glass so you can see all the wonderful layers. Definitely worth a try.

Granola is a mixture of rolled oats and nuts moistened with oil/ butter and maple syrup/honey and then baked until golden. I have used a store bought granola (toffee almond) in this recipe. This cereal is very simple to make, so I have included a recipe to make your own. Use old-fashioned rolled oats because of their thicker texture and better flavor. Once you have the granola in hand, next comes the yogurt layer and you can use any flavor of yogurt you like. The final layer is fresh fruit, and again, you can use bananas, mangoes, pineapples, oranges, berries, apples, pears or melons or whatever fruit is in season. It is best to make these trifles shortly being serving so that the granola stays crisp and crunchy.  

Granola Recipe:
Preparation time: 30 minutes

  • 3 cups (300 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (25 grams) shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup (100 grams) sliced almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and/or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted or 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup (60 - 120 ml) pure maple syrup or honey (or to taste)


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Either butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, coconut, nuts, ground cinnamon, and salt.  
  • In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter (or oil), and maple syrup (or honey). Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the butter mixture. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly. (The browner the granola gets (without burning) the crunchier the granola will be.) Place on a wire rack to cool. You will notice that the granola may still be sticky when it is removed from the oven but it will become crisp and dry as it cools. Make sure to break up any large clumps of granola while the mixture is still warm.
  •  Once the granola has completely cooled, store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
  • Makes about 4 cups of Granola.

Granola Trifles:

Preparation time: 10 minutes

  • Granola 
  • Yogurt (Plain or Flavored, I used vanilla)
  • Fresh Fruit (I used strawberries, mangoes and dried cranberries,sliced almonds for garnish)

  • For each individual trifle; place some granola in the bottom of your glass or bowl, followed by a spoonful of yogurt, then some fruit, and, if you have room, repeat the layers. Use as much or little, as you like, of each ingredient.
  • Garnish with dry fruits of your choice.