Acai Parfait + Grain Free Granola

June 16, 2016

Acai Parfait + Grain Free Granola by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Two weeks, a new site, a new home – quite a bit has gone down since we last chatted and I am so happy to be back with you today! How have you been? Is the impending summer getting you all sorts of giddy for the moments you crave? Backyard barbecues. Warm breezes though open windows. Juicy fruit (not the candy *wink wink*). Bare feet. Sunlight past 9PM. Corn on the cob, and so many popsicles. I am ready. Plus now we have a new home to enjoy it all in, back in our old neighborhood in Costa Mesa. Where the streets line with fireworks on the 4th of July; where you can feel the ocean breeze through your kitchen window (despite it being two miles away); where the back bay trail is a five minute jog down the street; and where only a few stop signs lay between all of our friends and favorite go-to joints. We still need furniture (having sold all of ours before our last big move) and to “nest”. But for the first time, I want to nest. I want to dig into the ground and plant my roots deep. I want to be here, for a very long time. And I can say for certain I have never uttered (or thought) those words before. Life is changing, I am changing, and the growing pains have been well worth it all.

In the midst of moving to our previously temporary home here in CA, to home searching, home finding, moving, and meanwhile still creating content for this space as well as on my Nom channel – I have been a bit stressed. I knew it was only for a season, so I cranked through it heads down as best I could. Throughout this time, however, my stressed-out-binge-eating-nut-butter tendency was in full effect. I’m taking a break from said ingredient for a bit right now, and enjoying fresh blends such as this acai parfait daily. I’m not the type to top my thick smoothie bowls with a ton of fruit, seeing as the blend already has fruit, the overload of fruit sugars from extra on top makes my tummy feel sick. So here I use a simple fruit blend with the acai, and top it instead with my favorite plain, unsweetened almond milk yogurt for some protein. Plus a grain free granola for some fiber and crunch. (Ps. This granola recipe is a house favorite around here, and you can make my chocolate sea salt version here too.)

So cheers to yummy blended things with delicious toppings, beckoning summer and all of it’s sunny glory. I hope you enjoy this little recipe, and if you feel like poking around the new site and letting me know what you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Big hugs to my man for drawing my logo, and to both Solo Pine and Karl over at XtremeThemes for making my design come to life. These people are the best and I’m excited for a new look around here. Now onto the recipe! Happy Thursday folks – xo.

Acai Parfait + Grain Free Granola by Faring Well #vegan #recipeAcai Parfait + Grain Free Granola by Faring Well #vegan #recipeAcai Parfait + Grain Free Granola by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Makes 1 parfait, with extra granola.

1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1/3 cup frozen blackberries
1 frozen acai packet (unsweetened)
1/2 cup nut milk (I use hemp or almond)
1 plain, unsweetened almond milk yogurt
1 scoop of grain free granola (recipe below)

Makes about 2 cups.
1 cup raw buckwheat groats
1/4 cup brown sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (or 3 to 4 good pinches)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 325F.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients. Stir well with a fork until completely combined. Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, shuffling around the granola every 15 minutes.

Let the granola fully cool before storing in an airtight glass container at room temperature. Use within 1 week when kept on the counter, or 2 weeks if kept in the fridge.


Begin with the acai blend. Add all of the ingredients to a Vitamix and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides often and pushing the mixture to the center (it will be thick). When ready, transfer to a glass and top with the unsweetened yogurt and a spoonful of grain free granola. Enjoy right away!

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Acai Parfait + Grain Free Granola by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie June 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Oh my word, buddy! Congrats on everything <3 The new site is killer, and that logo – spot on, Scott! This parfait and those colours look amazing and so summery. All the happy home vibes to you.

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Sophie! You are too too sweet friend! THANK YOU.

  • Reply Lori June 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    The new site looks great! Congrats on the new house. :)

  • Reply jaime // the briny June 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I LOVE your new design! It’s so fresh and simple–just perfect. So many congrats! xo (p.s. these photos are dreamy and the last one makes me smile!)

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I’m so so happy to hear Jaime, thank you! And YAY about it making you smile ;)

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full June 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVE the new website Jessie! It’s fresh and clean and a perfect metaphor for your new start in sunny California. And congratulations on your new place, too!! Ahh so many new and exciting things! I can’t wait to see where this all goes :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Sarah! Your excitement is beaming through the page, THANK YOU!

  • Reply Kim | UnrefinedRD June 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    First off, yum! Can’t wait to try this! And second, congrats on the new blog design. I absolutely love it!

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Oh Kim, I’m so glad you think so! Thank you! <3

  • Reply Sabine - Sweet Lemons and Lilikoi June 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Congrats Jessie. So many milestones in so little time. Truly amazing. The site is lovely and the logo super stylish and smooth. Great job Scott! P.S.(Hm, that nut-butter thingy you mention, I can totally relate when caught in a stressful moment.)

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thank you tons and tons Sabine – you are too kind! And isn’t it the worst (the nut butter thing) it always leaves me feeling icky, yet time and time again I fall into that habit – UGH.

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha June 17, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I love it!

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition June 17, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Ahh Jessie, once again your happiness radiates from the page! I’m so happy for you!! Plant your roots deep and enjoy where you are now. Continue to ebb and flow with that ocean breeze surrounding your new home (oh so exciting! yay!!!!) and continue to grow with all the new opportunities that come your way. Keep sharing the little bits of your life with us here, on Instagram, and on snapchat ;) it’s always fun to follow along!

    Your design is so fresh and clean, highlighting your beautiful photography. Plus, the new logo is so fitting. Scott did a great job. Love it all. Sending all the happiness and warm summery vibes your way!

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Jess! You are the biggest beam of sunshine, thank you so incredibly much for your sweet + thoughtful comment here! It makes me so happy to hear! Adore you and your presence, hope you are having the best day girl – xx

  • Reply Pia June 17, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I am so glad to hear that everything has begun to come together and that you are content with where you currently are. I understand that moving is pretty much always a hassle , but I must say that, based on what you have written, it sure seems to have been worth it. Also, the area you live in sounds rather sweet, and personally I’d definitely appreciate a little tour of it as well as of your new home, once it’s all furnished and such. Providing, of course, that is something you could imagine yourself sharing on here, or maybe even in the form of a video on Youtube. Just some thoughts…
    Moreover, I really like that you kept the site nice and bright/light, and didn’t overload it, as this really accentuates your photos and makes it easy for the reader to truly focus on them.
    So thumbs up to you, how life has been treating you, and to this space.
    Happy Friday, Jess, and have a great weekend :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Pia, you are the sweetest, thank you for your thoughtful words here and taking the time to share them with me! I would love to do a little reveal once we get things all squared away here at home, thank you for your encouragement and compliments on the new site too! Hope you are doing fantastic <3

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious June 17, 2016 at 6:28 am

    What a delicious way to wake up for the day or snack smart in the afternoon! This is so my kind of thing!

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Right!? AGREED. Thank you Tori! <3

  • Reply Christine | Vermilion Roots June 17, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Congrats on the new abode, Jessie! Love the look and the logo is just lovely! I feel very welcome here, and that’s mainly because you’re such a great host and you make such amazing foods! 😄

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Aw Christine! That is the best thing I could here, that you feel “welcome”, thank you for making my day. HUGS.

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout June 17, 2016 at 8:31 am

    The site looks SO gorgeous, Jessie! Congrats on all the newness happening around you, it sounds exciting (if not a bit relieving). So stoked to hear more about everything :D xo

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Maya you are just too sweet! Thank you! It is both exciting and relieving, and a little bit chaotic – but what is life without a little chaos to stir things up ;). Hope you are having the best week friend! Thank you again for your sweet comment <3

  • Reply Sus // June 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Love love love loveeeee the new look Jessie! The logo is awesome and the design is so pretty! This recipe is just what we need in this muggy UK weather. Happy nesting!!

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Aw thank you Sus! I’m so glad you like them both, and hope that muggy weather clears up soon! xo

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow June 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    New look, new home, new everything! The way you describe your new space, with fresh breezes and backdoor trails, oh my gosh, I can only imagine you’re in heaven.

    So excited for you two, Jessie, and all of the exciting changes. And for this gorgeous parfait, which has my name written alllll over it. Happy weekend!! xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Oh thank you tons Brooke! We are in heaven, but I don’t think we know it fully yet – with everything happening so fast we can barely take it all in – I’m sure it will smack us in the face soon and we will be like WOAH ;). I hope you enjoy this yummy parfait soon! Happy belated anniversary too friend! XX

  • Reply Izzy Bruning June 17, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Wow looks so good!
    Izzy |

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff June 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    So happy for you! Beautiful new logo.


  • Reply Jodi June 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Yay! The new space feels so fresh and light – much like your words here and I imagine much like you are feeling right now. Oh that feeling of wanting to stay, to build, to nest as you say. It is the the coziest feeling. Congratulations, Jessie – on all your work. It’s inspiring as always. I love what you’ve done with this parfait – I’m not a big smoothie bowl fan, for the exact reason you mentioned – they just seem to be so fruit heavy! This one looks so yummy + satisfying – I’m hungry in the morning and this girl needs some grains – ya know? Much love your way, enjoy a nesting weekend xx

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Ah YES another smoothie-bowl-wary friend, glad to know I’m not the only one with those feels. And thank you so very much sweet Jodi about our new home and this next stage in life, I just am so grateful for you and your friendship – and cannot wait to see what is in store for you and Matt in your new home too! xx

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine June 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I love the new design here! You pour your heart into everything you do and it completely shows. Hope you are able to slow down and enjoy the settling in a bit. I’m with you on leaning away from topping smoothie bowls with more fruit and also love the contrast of crunchy granola with is. Your grain-free granola looks just perfect to go along with smoothies! Love those buckwheat crunches. :)

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Aw thank you Emily! I’m so glad you love the new site and logo – and that you find this smoothie bowl appealing for those same reasons too! All about those buckwheat crunches ;)

  • Reply Gena June 20, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I love the new look, Jessie! Congratulations on the redesign, and also, congratulations on embracing your growing pains and facing forward to a new and more rooted chapter of your life. It’s such a beautiful thing to grow, in spite of all of the messiness and pain that growth entails. It’s always a pleasure to follow your journey.

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Gena! Thank you so very much, I’m so glad you like the new look! And goodness is this true, those growing pains are some of the most wonderful “processes” of life that I am so grateful for. Thank you for your encouraging words here, friend, I always enjoy following your journey in your posts too – you inspire me <3

  • Reply Elenore Bendel Zahn June 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    The lavender tones, the white, the succulent, the crunch – I’m in imaginary flavor explosion heaven just by looking at that first pic. Jessie, I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your site (shame on me!). All I can say is that I have a lot of that sqeeze as much into your life as you can- going on over here as well. I want to say thank you for always sharing such good vibes, truth and amazing inspiration. Also, I want to celebrate your wish to nest. THAT is one beautiful thing, Very meaningful. Have a gorgeous week! love from Sweden

    • Reply Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Elenore! Goodness am I in fan girl heaven over here. I have been following + admiring all that you do for so long – and realize I’ve never reached out either (shame on me too!). Thank you for your sweet comment here, and your encouraging words on nesting + going through some life squeezing right now too. I hope you are doing well and have the most gorgeous week too lady! Lots of love right back at you <3

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