Before I left for vacation, I ate this

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I mean really, every single day.

It was easy. If I wasn’t traveling, my husband was traveling, which means that I get to eat a bunch of things for meals that only a girl in her 20s would qualify as a meal. It was also insanely hot and even though I had a few ridiculous moments of turning on the oven for hours at a time, when it came to most of my own meals, I survived on things that came straight from the fridge. Cold things. Very cold things.

Want to know what else happened before I left for vacation?

Indulge me. It was terrifying.

The night before we left, I was running around like a crazy person trying to get things done – things like edit photos while eating the last mini cheesecake in the fridge so it wouldn’t spoil. Important stuff.

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When I finally made it up to bed – with the hopes of getting four hours of sleep before we left – I spent a good 30 minutes wasting my life away on my iPhone. Because I am addicted. No other good reason.

But really, that happens every night. I’m spent. Exhausted. Can barely hold my eyes open. Yet I always find 20 minutes or so to waste away while looking up random garbage on my phone, like if these Nine West peep toe shoes I’ve been eyeing for three months have come back in stock. Guess what? They haven’t. I’M DYING.

Anyhoo. I’m finally soooo tired that I’m literally almost dropping the phone every 15 seconds, so I place it on the nightstand, roll over and get settled for some shuteye while watching Friends for the billionth time since a life without electronic interruptions does not exist.

I felt something weird on my arm, like a crumb or something. Maybe something that stuck to my arm while I was cleaning up the kitchen? It took all of ten seconds for me to realize that OMG, this could totally be a bug on my arm. I fly out of bed, trying not to disrupt my husband who is sleeping in his own bed for one night, flick on the light just in time to see this huge hideous bug scurrying about the covers.


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If you know anything about me, it’s that I loath bugs. Yeah yeah… I’m childish, immature, spoiled, whatever. But I hate them. I mean, I have many irrational fears in my life, and one of them is that a spider or something awful ends up crawling in my mouth while I sleep. And now there is a freaking BUG ON MY BED, which was mere centimeters away from my mouth. O.M.G.

But guess what? I was an adult. I flipped out mentally, but tried to hold it together and kill the bug without waking my husband who at this point, who had to be awake in three hours.

Which meant I had to be awake in three hours.

Which meant that by the time I had enough courage to actually get back in the devil-infested bed, I had horrible visions of things crawling all over me underneath the covers and was awake for another hour.

Needless to say… I’m still very tired.

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So yes, two things I did before vaycaaaay: eat a thousand roasted blueberry parfaits and almost sleep with an insect. I like the first thing better.

I’ve been eating quinoa parfaits since I first saw Brittany share one years ago. In a word, I’ve become obsessed. Okay that was three words, but whatever. They are one of my favorite things to chew because they are so simple, so flavorful, and have a ton of texture. <- mandatory. I’ve been freaking out over coconut breakfast quinoa. And all I’ve been thinking about are the roasted blueberry cupcakes I made last year at this time and how I want to shove 50 of them in my face. At once.

This was just the most logical solution. The love child, if you will.

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Roasted Blueberry Coconut Quinoa Parfaits with Coconut Granola

Yield: makes 4 parfaits


1 1/2 pints fresh blueberries
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups light canned coconut milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
2 pinches of salt
1 (17-ounce) container plain Greek yogurt

easy coconut granola
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil, measured in solid form
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For granola: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Melt coconut oil and add it to the oats, along with honey and vanilla, and stir thoroughly to moisten. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Remove and let sit for about 10 minutes to get crumbly.

For parfaits:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place blueberries on a nonstick baking sheet with a pinch of salt. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until berries start to burst. (At this time, if you don’t have granola or didn’t make it prior to, mix up the coconut granola recipe below and bake it at the same time, on the upper rack.) Remove both and set side.

While blueberries and granola are baking, add quinoa and coconut milk to a saucepan along with another pinch of salt and the coconut flakes. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

When ready, assemble parfaits with layers of yogurt, roasted blueberries, coconut quinoa and granola. Eat!

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Even makes bugs and stuff better.

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99 Responses to “Roasted Blueberry Coconut Quinoa Parfaits with Coconut Granola.”

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    Erin — July 24, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    HAHA!!! This sounds like me the other morning……
    So I get up for work around 430am and I stumble into the kitchen grab my dog’s water bowl to fill it up, as I bend down to put it on the ground there is the largest bug I have ever seen…in person!! I completely freeze…what do I do? Is that a cochroach? I can’t step on it, I don’t even have pants on yet let alone shoes (and I REFUSE to feel that kind of “crunch”), if I take my eyes off of it surely it will scurry into some hole (that will magically appear) in my wall and lay it’s babies!!! I slowly reach for a glass and put it over the bug so I can really think of what to do….I grab a western romance novel from my kitchen counter (yes I said western romance novel…Cowboys and horses thrown together with some headstrong heroine, totally my guilty pleasure don’t judge me) and stand back as far as I can but still able to squash the bug (obviously if I stand too close when I lift the glass the ginormous bug will jump on me and lay it’s babies in my eyeball!!) and after the multiple squashings were done I jumped around the kitchen doing the “creapy crawly gross bug dance”.
    After it was killed and I took the trash out (because you never know when they come back to life) I got ready, went to work and googled what cochroaches looked like for about 20 mins just to be sure it was not a cochroach…it wasn’t!!!!! HOORAY!


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    ally — July 24, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    My blueberries are calling me! Dessert for brekkie…yummmm! Ally :)


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    Colette — July 24, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    This is brilliant! Love the idea to roast the blueberries and cook the quinoa w coconut in coconut milk. YUM


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    Colette — July 24, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    BTW Your story is too cute. “Love child…” hahahaa


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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 24, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    I need this for breakfast! Definitely need this!


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    Michelle — July 24, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Looks delicious! Just wondering, does it have to be coconut milk in a can, or can it be the kind in the milk aisle, like “Silk” or “Almond Dream”?


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    Jess Hermiller — July 24, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    OMG! I too have just had my worst nightmare happen this week! We just had a new baby girl last Friday and my husband said he would take the whole night so I could finally get a good nights rest. Well, woke up to a friggin centipede crawling on my arm! I,however, was not mature about Aaaaaand that was the end of my sleep that night!


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    Edith — July 24, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    That’s a brilliant combination!! So excited to try quinoa in this way :)


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    leslie — July 25, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Wondering about the directions for using solid coconut oil. Does one just refrigerate stuff that I bought from Whole Foods in liquid form…not sure how to convert the amount if using liquid form.
    Thanks! This sounds delicious!


    • Jessica — July 25th, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

      Hmmm I’m confused… I’ve never seen coconut oil in liquid form at room temperature. At room temp it is usually a solid form. What brand did you buy? I think if you still measure out 1 tablespoon, it will be fine, and maybe add more if it looks like it needs it?


      • Samantha — October 13th, 2012 @ 9:17 am

        i like in florida so coconut oil is always at room temperature here. However, when i lived in seattle i always had to heat it, so it really depends on where you live!

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    Emily — July 26, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    This sounds yummy! Coconut oil melts at 75 degrees, so if your house is warmer than that your oil will be melted. You can measure the same amount of liquid coconut oil as the solid.


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    AsAVerb — July 26, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    YOWZA. I cannot wait to make this, it’s just begging me too.


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    Javelin Warrior — July 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    I love parfaits and this one looks especially terrific. I love the use of quinoa and coconut and the photos are as stunning as ever… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I can’t wait to see what you create next…


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    Courtney — July 30, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    This was way easier and quicker to make than I expected, even with the granola. I had it for breakfast this morning and it was amazing! I will definitely make it again.


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    Amarachi — July 30, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I made these and I think I’m in love with you Jessica. It’s soooo good. I thought I didn’t like coconut but you’ve made me a coconut lover. The sweet coconut granola with a thick yogurt and that coconut granola. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


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    Tina Monji — August 4, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    gonna make this tomorrow for us!!!


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    Emily — February 20, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Delicious! My house smelled like an coconut oasis when I was baking the granola! I think I’ll be roasting all my blueberries from now on. Thanks for a great, filling, sweetly-satisfying breakfast!


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    Claire — October 8, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    How long will this last in an air tight container?


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    Miriam — December 31, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    This recipe seems to be gluten-free but your gluten-free page does not include it – same goes for lots of veggie recipes that seem to be.
    Im a newly diagnosed celiac so this is all very fresh. Would this not qualify?


    • Lisa — February 13th, 2014 @ 10:47 pm

      make sure oats are certified gluten-free; that may be why it’s not included


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    Camille — February 24, 2014 @ 12:49 am

    How far in advance could you make this? Could you do one batch and eat for 4 days, or would it go soggy? if so, could you keep prepared parts separate and assemble as needed?

    Sorry for all the questions! Yumm



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