Granola in the Summer Time: Fresh Ideas for Seasonal Enjoyment

Granola in the Summer Time: Fresh Ideas for Seasonal Enjoyment
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Granola is a versatile and nutritious food that can be enjoyed year-round, but in the summer, it takes on a special role as a light and crunchy addition to various refreshing dishes. Whether you're looking for a healthy breakfast, a quick snack, or a delightful topping for your favorite desserts, granola can be your go-to ingredient. Here are some creative ways to incorporate granola into your summer meals.

1. Tropical Granola Parfait

A parfait is a perfect way to start your day or enjoy a midday snack.


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup (optional)


  1. Layer Greek yogurt, granola, pineapple, and mango in a glass or bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  3. Drizzle with honey or agave syrup if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.

2. Granola-Topped Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are refreshing, nutritious, and can be customized with your favorite fruits and toppings.


  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup spinach or kale (optional)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • Fresh fruit and seeds for topping (e.g., kiwi, chia seeds, coconut flakes)


  1. Blend the frozen banana, berries, spinach (if using), and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
  3. Top with granola, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.
  4. Serve immediately.

3. Summer Berry Granola Crisp

This dessert combines the freshness of summer berries with the crunch of granola for a delightful treat.


  • 2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, toss the mixed berries with lemon juice and honey.
  3. Transfer the berries to a baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix granola with melted coconut oil.
  5. Sprinkle the granola mixture over the berries.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the berries are bubbly and the granola is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of yogurt.

4. Granola Energy Bites

Perfect for on-the-go snacking, these energy bites are easy to make and packed with flavor.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut


  1. In a large bowl, mix together rolled oats, granola, almond butter, honey, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut.
  2. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.
  3. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

5. Granola-Crusted Frozen Yogurt Bars

A cool and crunchy treat that’s perfect for hot summer days.


  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries


  1. In a bowl, mix Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract.
  2. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Spread half of the granola evenly over the bottom of the dish.
  4. Pour the yogurt mixture over the granola and spread it evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining granola and mixed berries on top.
  6. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm.
  7. Cut into bars and serve.

6. Savory Granola Salad Topper

Granola isn't just for sweet dishes; it can add a delightful crunch to salads as well.


  • 4 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, kale)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette


  1. In a large bowl, combine mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.
  2. Sprinkle granola and feta cheese over the salad.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
  4. Toss gently and serve immediately.

By incorporating granola into these summer recipes, you can enjoy its crunch and nutritional benefits in a variety of delicious and refreshing ways. Whether you're making breakfast, snacks, or desserts, granola can add that perfect touch of texture and flavor to your summer dishes. And if you're on the lookout for bulk ingredients like Crunchy Granola, Coconut Flakes and the like, get in touch with our family at CNS CONFECTIONERY Products today! 

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