Homemade Granola

Elisa:

I found this on Wikipedia:
Parfait is a French word literally meaning “perfect” commonly employed to describe a kind of frozen dessert, beginning in 1894.
I love parfaits. I personally think it’s a masterpiece on its own that plays with all your 5 senses. Think about it. A talllll glass of ingredients is served to your table and you are immediately aroused by the different layers of colours and ingredients. And then you pick up your loooong metallic spoon and dig in, trying to scoop all the ingredients together to get that perfect bite. And when you finally do, after some digging and shoveling, you get the perfect combination of not only flavours, but also textures. You get sweet and salty, smooth and crunchy. And when you’re finally done, you kinda miss all those flavours and textures coming together, and you wonder, wow I’ve never thought that ingredient A and B would go so well together! And ta-da, you’ve got another wonderful idea on how to pair your ingredients next.
I love dessert parfaits, especially frozen yogurt ones. You get the icy smooth yogurt accompanied by a perfect amount of whatever toppings you love. Fruits, nuts, cookies, chocolate, anything really.
And I also love breakfast parfaits, again made with yogurt.
The common ingredient I’ll have in both my dessert and breakfast parfaits is granola. I love it’s crunchy texture, and also simply because it’s a vehicle for all types of flavours. Plus it’s quite healthy too!!
I ran out of granola just the other day and I decided to make my own homemade granola. I made Nut Butter Granola and Mocha Granola. Granola are basically toasted oats, mixed with a sticky kind of liquid, such as maple syrup, honey or oil, sugar and some flavourings. Addition of nuts, seeds or dried fruits are optional. You can just mix in anything you like, anything under the sun. It’s a vehicle for all types of flavours. Didn’t I say that before? 🙂
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Homemade Nut Butter Granola
2 tbsp of any Nut Butter of your choice (I used Hazelnut Butter and PB. Just make sure you do not use the clean ones!)
2 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cup Oats (As long as it isn’t the instant ones)
1/2 cup toppings of your choice (I used raisins)

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a tray with parchment paper.

Melt nut butter and honey in a microwave, about 30sec. Stir until well combined.

Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Add oats and dried fruits. Mix until everything is evenly coated.
Pour onto the tray and spread it out. Bake for 8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.
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Homemade Mocha Granola
1 1/2 tbsp Brown sugar
3/4 tbsp Instant coffee powder
1/2 tbsp Cocoa powder
3 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup toppings of your choice (I used almonds, chopped and chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a tray with parchment paper.

Mix together brown sugar, coffee powder, cocoa powder, olive oil, vanilla and salt. Then add oats and toppings. Mix until everything is evenly coated.

Pour onto the tray and spread it out. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

Feel free to serve these delicious Homemade Granola over yogurt or in a bowl with milk! You can even have it on its own! 🙂
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