Who else needs more protein, less sugar + a big dose of probiotics after the holidays? This girl does!
I'm recovering from holiday eating. Normally, I'm pretty good about it. I mean, I indulge, but we generally still eat healthy meals if you don't count dessert. But I always eat dessert this time of year, so...
The other night, I had a hankering for some granola. Something sweet but not to sweet. My mom used to make a mean granola that she'd send to me when I was in college. Her version always included lots of coconut (my favorite) + cranberries.
Since I'm traveling + not in my own kitchen, I had to improvise for my version. I stood in front of my parents' pantry, scoping out the shelves for anything that I could throw into it. I found some vanilla, almonds + raw honey that my dad brought home from a local beekeeper. And peanuts. I don't know why, but throwing peanuts into things like this always makes me think of nougat or candy.
Granola is one of those things I find myself buying often, but it's super simple to make! You can play around with all sorts of flavor tweaks + additions. So here you have it, friends. My off-the-cuff, rummaging-through-the-pantry granola!
For the granola
3 cups of rolled oats (I used gluten-free oats)
1/3 of a cup of honey
1/3 of a cup of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 of a teaspoon of salt
1/2 of a cup unsweetened shredded coconut (you can also use the sweetened kind if you like a sweeter granola)
1/4 of a cup of chopped, crushed or whole peanuts
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
For the parfait
Greek yogurt (Full-fat Fage is my favorite)
Fruit; I used blueberries + the juice from roasted strawberries (so. good.)
Extra honey for drizzling on top
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
Spread it all out onto a baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake, stirring every so often, until slightly golden—about 20 minutes. Let it cool before transferring it to a container. It will last for about 2 weeks.
To make your parfaits, spoon some granola into the bottom of a glass bowl or jar. Layer on Greek yogurt, more granola + fruit. Top with whatever fruit of choice + a drizzle of honey.