Dad’s Breakfast Granola

Yesterday I was brainstorming ideas for today’s post. I was entertaining the idea of doing something vintage. I envisioned the setting being the office of an insurance man in the 1960s. Since my parents were actually alive in the 1960s I called them to get some ideas. After speaking with them, I was inspired to recreate the office of a man that I know much better than the imaginary insurance man of the 1960s. My dad!

My dad is a professor and a writer so he has always had a home office. We’ve moved around quite a bit but his office has, for the most part, never changed much. It’s always a bit messy, covered in office supplies, and surrounded by piles of paper and big books with intimidating titles. Sure, the technology on his desk has updated. He no longer uses a rolodex and a clock radio. But I have distinct memories of when he did. I recreated the desk of my dad as I remember it when I was a kid. …Because when else will I be able to use a rolodex from the 1980′s as a prop?

My dad is also a man of routine. He has, for as long as I can remember, always had some kind of crunchy cereal (grape nuts, raisin bran, granola) in either yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast. I’m a lot like my dad so I often enjoy something similar for breakfast. However my version is veganized a bit fancier.

Let’s talk about vegan yogurt for a second… I’m a skeptic when it comes to prepackaged vegan versions of dairy. I’m the first to admit a lot of it tastes gross. Soy yogurt, however, is delightful. Not all vegan yogurts are equal. My favorite so far is Whole Soy & Co. It tastes good and I recognize all of the ingredients in it.


  • Plain, unsweetened soy yogurt
  • 1 peach
  • 1 cup of granola, homemade or bought
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 5 Tbs of water


  1. Wash and slice the peach
  2. Heat up the water in a pan over medium heat
  3. Add the peaches to the water and cook them until they are soft and warm. About 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the yogurt, granola, and peaches into a bowl. Drizzle with a bit of agave. Eat.

Till next time!

Linda Kelly - I was hoping for a good recipe for Homemade Granola? Do you have one? Thanks! Enjoyed your site – SWEET

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Heart to Heart ~ Vanessa Rees of V.K.Rees Photography | Just Homemade - [...] behind it. So I suppose my inspiration comes from the stories behind the food. Like my dad and the granola post, or my mom and this Cranberry Cream French Toast post. Although sometimes it’s just about [...]

Kristen - Oh I love the images here – so very much!!

Laura - I’m loving how textured your photos are as of late! So wonderful.

Anna - Your photos are full of inspiration! There is something charming there.

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy - what awesome photos!!! love!

gretchen - Outstanding as always. And I totally agree with you on the Whole Soy being the best. Most of the time. Sometimes you get a runny one and it is a sad day. You should also try Wildwood if they have it near you, as that has a different taste than any other vegan yogurt I’ve tried, but in a good way. Amande [the almond milk one] just tends to be sad.

Angela - I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like these shots. Just beautiful. Of course my eye goes to the granola first, but then I love to just stare at them and notice all the fun details. Nice work!

carey - Oh how I adore a cluttered desk. I love these photos! And the stack of empty bowls + spoons in the background, in particular — they really make it feel like a lived-in space. (:

Ashlae - I love yogurt and granola. Together. And this post. Stunning images, you talented woman!

Kelly Peloza - Lovely! I like the very subtle, tactile details in your new images, like the crinkles and bends around the edges and scotch tape. I just want to reach out and touch the computer screen!

vkrees - Aw thank you! No, this is not actually my dad’s desk. I simply did my best to recreate it. =)

Rachel - I love love love this. It is dads desk!!!

The Sweetest Vegan - This is off topic, but your styling is so beautiful. Is this really your dad’s desk or are you just that genius?

Caitlin - what a fun post! your dad’s routine of granola and yogurt is pretty impressive! i love your healthier alternative. i never thought to warm a peach in water before eating it! and thank you for the suggestion of soy yogurt. i used to eat silk brand, but stopped because i didn’t like the added sugar. i will look for the unsweetened kind next time i’m at whole foods ;)

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