Good Morning!  Lately I have been posting quite a few breakfast recipes and today is no exception.  I'm not sure why I've targeted breakfast but hopefully I will break away from it and post other things but for now, have breakfast.  I love parfaits because they are versatile and quite easy to make.  This one takes a bit more but it is so worth it in the end.  The Black Cherry reduction that I used in this recipe is tart  but the honey adds the sweetness and the yogurt adds the smooth texture.  Here's the thing with parfaits, don't want to make the reduction, just use all fresh fruit instead.  You might need to add a bit more honey, but when is that a bad thing?  Don't want to add just fresh fruit, make a compote instead.  See isn't that just so versatile?  The other great thing about parfaits, make them in the morning in a mason jar, screw on the lid, throw it into your lunch box and you have a great side dish for your lunch or an afternoon pick me up snack.

per serving:

1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt of your choice (I used Fage® Total 2% Greek Yogurt )
2 TBSP Cherry Reduction (see recipe below)
1 TBSP plus 1 tsp Honey
1/4 cup Fresh Fruit (can be strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas)
1/4 cup Granola (I used a gluten free brand)

Cherry Reduction:
1 32 oz bottle of Black Cherry Juice or Cherry Juice (or smaller bottle)
3/4 cup Fresh or Frozen Cherries (optional)

Depending on how much reduction you wish to make, you can use the entire bottle or just 2 cups.  For the 32 oz bottle, I reduce it by half.  So, for any amount you make always reduce it down by half.  You do not want to boil this either or it will have a burned flavor to it.  You are just trying to intensify the taste.  If you are going to use just the two cups of juice and reduce it down to one cup, cut the cherries down to 1/4 cup.
For the 32 oz it takes just over 2 hours to reduce it down to 2 cups (16 oz). 

To start:  Pour the desired amount of juice into a sauce pan (heavier bottom is best but you can use a standard, just keep an eye on it).  Add your cherries.  You do not need to de-seed them as you will be straining at the end. Let them simmer on medium low until the liquid is reduced by half.  Stir occasionally to make sure it is not sticking on the bottom.
Once reduced, push it through a sieve or cheese cloth to remove all pulp.  Let it cool before use with the yogurt.  
I have kept this sealed in a jar, in the refrigerator for up to one month.

In your cup, bowl or mason jar 
Add 1 TBSP Honey
Add Cherry Reduction
Add Greek Yogurt
Add Granola on top
Add  Fresh Fruit
Drizzle 1 tsp honey on top
This is the same reduction that I use for my Black Cherry Mochi. Once the reduction is done, pour through the sieve and squish as much juice out as you can and then discard the pulp and seeds.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Nutritional informaiton obtained from Based on one serving using Fresh Blueberries.


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