Friday, March 4, 2016

Flashback Friday: Homemade Granola and Yogurt Parfaits

A vacation is not a vacation (to me anyway) without my gallon ziploc bag of homemade granola. It makes for the perfect, healthy snack, eaten as cereal for breakfast, or used in these delicious yogurt parfaits. The Costco in California had the most amazing, large blueberries you have ever seen. Some of them were as big as a quarter. They were beautiful and perfectly sweet. Every morning I couldn't help but splurge and have these parfaits with homemade granola, greek vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit. Talk about a great way to start your day! If you are new to making homemade granola, give it a try. It is super easy to make, and much healthier than the store bought stuff. This is a great week to make some too because here in Utah, Rolled Oats are on sale for their best prices. Buy several hundred pounds and store it for years to come--batches, and batches of granola here we come! Enjoy :)

Super Healthy Homemade Granola

10 cups rolled oats
1 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup raw sesame seeds
2 cups nuts, chopped (cashews, pecans, almonds, etc.)
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
7 oz. bag flaked sweetened coconut
2/3 cup milled flax seed
1/4 cup dry quinoa
2 cups golden or regular raisins (optional--or add any dried fruit you wish, or none at all)

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients. Once combined, pour this mixture evenly over the dry ingredients. With a large wooden spoon, combine together until all of the dry ingredients are moist with the wet ingredients. The more wet and sticky the mixture, the larger the clumps/pieces the granola will have when it's done being baked. On two cookie sheets, place a large piece of parchment paper.  Spray the top of the paper heavily with cooking spray. Spread evenly the granola mixture over both cookie sheets. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place both of the cookie sheets into the oven and let bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the granola and stir with a spatula. Place the sheets back into the oven and bake another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven again and stir both of the pans of granola around.  Place the pans back into the oven, turn off the heat and let the granola sit in the oven, drying out for 2-3 hours. If you are in a hurry you can also continue baking for 15-20 minute increments until totally dry. You will want to make sure that the granola doesn't become to golden brown or it will have a slight burned flavor. I like the leaving it in the oven method because then there is no chance of over cooking the granola and it works out perfect every time :)

Yogurt Parfaits

1 cup strawberries, diced
1-2 (6 oz.) yogurts
1 cup granola

Layer the strawberries, granola and yogurt.

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