Homemade Granola for Yogurt Parfaits
Springtime mornings call for subtly sweet and wonderfully simple breakfasts. Breakfasts that are made for an east-facing porch, or a cozy outdoor dining area, where you're more interested in sitting and staring at the morning sky than worrying about a big, involved breakfast-making experience. I know, you have to wake up early enough to enjoy the summer morning if you're in the hotter areas of the country, but it's worth it when you've got the time. Rarely does the midweek give that time we need, but perhaps a Sunday morning might make itself available. A cup of coffee and a nice homemade granola something or other would do the trick.
Today I'm sharing a recipe for homemade granola that can be made whenever you have some spare time and enjoyed with fresh fruit and yogurt. It's as complicated or as simple as you make it. If you really want to get fancy, you can make your own yogurt as well. This recipe isn't that recipe. This one intends to make things simple but still healthy and homemade.
This recipe also works well for those mornings where you don't have time to sit on the porch. There are endless variations of granola ingredients and methods. A quick search for “homemade granola” would yield a million results for varying degrees of home chefs. But this one is designed for the casual home chef more interested in eating the food than making it. This recipe uses maple syrup and coconut oil, yielding clusters full of natural flavor and is merely a launching point into the wonderful world of homemade granola. Feel free to add the dried fruit of your choice after baking. As the granola bakes, be sure to check on it regularly to prevent burning.
Homemade Granola Yogurt Parfaits
3 C rolled oats
1/3 C pumpkin seeds (raw pepitas)
1 ½ C walnuts
¼ C flax meal (lightly toasted)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¼ C coconut oil (in its liquid form)
¾ or 1 C maple syrup
1 egg white
1 C dried fruit
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, pepitas, walnuts, flax meal, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
Transfer a little less than half of the mixture into a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
Recombine with the remaining dry ingredients. Stir together oil and maple syrup in a separate bowl and slowly mix into dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk egg white until frothy and stir evenly into granola mixture. Distribute granola evenly across a parchment paper-lined pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Halfway through baking, mix and turn granola with spatula. When finished cooking, remove from oven and allow granola to cool.
When cool, add dried fruit. Enjoy with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit.