This post was originally published here September 24, 2014. I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly. And I’ve updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes. Enjoy!
Get ready to be bombarded with apple recipes here on Floating Kitchen. In addition to today’s recipe, I’ve already got a second one waiting in the queue. And I’m working on developing a few others, hopefully at least one of which will come out later in October.
So if you love apples, you’re in luck. And if not, well, sorry/not sorry.
Everyone goes crazy for pumpkin as soon as September hits (let’s be honest, as soon as August hits). And other than the fact that it’s not even Fall yet, this pumpkin pushing also makes me crazy because it’s like we’ve totally skipped over all the other delicious seasonal produce, like apples and pears. Which frankly, I like better than pumpkin anyways.
So while everyone else is suffering from pumpkin mania, I’m just over here putting apples and pears on a pedestal. They deserve the spotlight, too!
This is my life’s work, people.
These Apple Harvest Yogurt Bowls with Maple-Nut Clusters are like taking a trip to the apple orchard. Which is exactly what I did last week, hence all the apple recipes currently in progress in my kitchen. You start by making a spiced apple cider syrup and some highly addicting (and sticky!) maple syrup-sweetened nut clusters. Both of which can be done in advance, so don’t stress about the time requirement there. And then you just layer them up in a bowl with some Greek yogurt, fresh chopped apples, dates and whatever else you might be feeling. This is one of those recipes that actually gets me really excited and ready for Fall! Woo hoo! I’m finally on board to embrace the change in seasons!
Looking for more apple inspiration at breakfast time? Then check out these scones and this fruit salad.
Apple Harvest Yogurt Bowls with Maple-Nut Clusters
For the Spiced Apple Cider Syrup:
- 2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/8 tsp. salt
For the Maple-Nut Clusters:
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup roasted pepitas
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. salt
For the Bowls:
- 12-16 ounces Greek yogurt
- 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
- 2-3 dates, pitted and chopped
- Maple syrup, to sweeten as desired
- In a medium saucepan, bring the apple cider to a simmer. Maintain a simmer and stir occasionally until the apple cider is reduced to about 1/3 of a cup, approximately 45 minutes. Whisk in the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Then remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely. The syrup can be made several days in advance and stored in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
- In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds, pecans and pepitas until they become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the maple syrup and salt and stir until the nuts are evenly coated. Then remove the skillet from the heat and quickly transfer the nuts (they will be sticky) to a parchment-paper lined baking sheet to cool. Once cooled, the nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
- To assemble the bowls, divide the Greek yogurt between two serving bowls. Add the chopped apples and dates to the cooled syrup and stir until everything is evenly coated. Then spoon the apple/date mixture, along with any accumulated liquid, over the yogurt. Top with some of the maple-nut clusters and an additional drizzle of maple syrup, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
Adorable, from the jars to the clusters to the festive flavors. Loves it!
Thank you so much! Too cute to eat even!
Yikes Liz! I’m sorry to hear your spider story! I totally can understand not trusting the tea kettle anymore! At least these parfaits look delicious 🙂 I love fall flavors!
Thanks, Karen. Yeah the tea kettle might be going in the trash today….
Oh my gosh! I would throw it away entirely! I’m not too squeamish about spiders either, but if I can’t scrub it with bleach, it’s dead to me 😉 LOL
Ha ha. Glad I’m not alone in these feelings. I’m majorly creeped out!
I make a variation of these….but man, those maple nut clusters have sold me!
They are highly addicting!
So, I use an electric kettle (mainly because we make so many cups of tea here). Have you thought about one? There’s a fine mesh on the spout, so it prevents things from getting inside.
That would be a good thing to have. I was wishing I was going to win the tea kettle at the sur la table event….
These parfaits are so gorgeous, they look so tasty! What a lovely way to bring fall to the breakfast table! So, in other news, I was just reading your About page. You are quite the interesting person, Doctor! It’s crazy how your background is now somewhat unrelated to what you are doing. That happens a lot! Not that there is no science involved in cooking… but anyway. And you literally do live on a Floating Kitchen, nuts! Is it a houseboat of some sort? So cool! I enjoyed learning more about you.
Thanks Meggan! You’re right: science and cooking are so similar. I use the same processes almost everyday in my kitchen that I used to use in the laboratory – and I don’t even realize it most of the time! And I know a lot of scientists who are amazing cooks! And yes, my kitchen does float and so does everything else. A floating home is kind of like a house boat, except it’s a bit more stable (moves just a little when the weather is bad). And it’s connected to a dock, so I have hook-ups for town water/sewer. It’s a pretty unique lifestyle that you can only have in a few places in this country.
THESE LOOK SO LEGIT. I love the maple clusters – I’d eat those plain!
Yes! The maple clusters are highly addicting!
Ahhh! What a frightening experience. I might even fear tea and tea kettles now just reading this! On a very happy note, however, the fall flavors (especially sauteed apples) in this yogurt parfait looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to try it!
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Thank you, Luci! Yeah tea kettles may be ruined for me forever now….:-(
oh my gosh I HATE SPIDERS TOO! I get them all the time in my apartment… so UNCOOL!
I mostly try to ignore them so I don’t get too creeped out. But when they are in my tea cup, it’s hard to look away!
First, you had me at maple nut clusters! What a great way to start the day. And yep … I’d be tossing that kettle 🙂
Ha! Glad I’m not alone in this decision!
Yummy! This looks so good!!
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Thanks, Wendy! I hope you try it out!
Such a beautiful presentation! Sounds so delightful! Perfect for autumn!
Thank you, Valentina!
The maple nut clusters have stolen my heart! Pinned 🙂
Yeah they are dangerously addicting. I could eat the whole batch in a second! Thanks, Marla!
I am so intrigued by this apple cider syrup! What a fantastic idea! It’s like caramel + apple all build into one awesome sauce. Fabulous recipe. Love love love!
Thanks, Allison! I make apple cider syrup every year and use it on all kind of things (it’s especially good on ice cream). I’d say it’s more like a balsamic reduction than a caramel sauce. Super concentrated cider flavor and a little bit thickened. So good! If you try it, let me know you to like it!
Damn girl…had no idea you literally lived in a floating home. You’re brave! These look beautiful btw! Love the little jars.
Thank, Katya! And I’m not too brave…at least not when it comes to spiders!
I hate to say it but I would totally throw that kettle out. I don’t blame you for being grossed out at all! Ew. Nasty! But these parfaits, on the other hand… they look amazing! I love the idea of apple cider syrup! 😀
Thanks, Allie! Glad to know I’m not the only paranoid one!! XO
Oh my gosh these look delicious, and so perfect for fall. I’ll definitely be trying them out!
Thanks, Melissa. Let me know how you like them!
Oh loving this gorgeous breakfast! I love parfaits! And maple nut clusters? Sounds delicious!
Yeah the maple-nut clusters take it over the top. They are addicting! Thanks, Jessica!
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Love your rework Liz and reminding us that apples and pears are just as fabulous as pumpkin 😀 I love these hearty bowls with all their texture and flavor. The more nuts and seeds, the better!
Always with some crunch, you know!