Granola Parfait

When I’m baking for family and friends and I ask if there is something in particular they’d like me to make, many times they will reply, “Your granola, please!”  And nine times out of ten, when someone has it for the first time they will exclaim that it’s the best granola they’ve ever had.  It’s so yummy and so easy to make, and lots of fun because it it easy to switch up the ingredients to incorporate your favorite sweeteners, nuts and dried fruits. This granola literally is delicious pretty much any way you make it.

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The recipe I use is an adaptation of the recipe for Killer Granola from The Hub Cyclery in Northern California.  A friend told me about it, saying that she made it every year and how good it was.

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Of course, I immediately went on the hunt for it, and after making a batch as the recipe instructed, I was off and running with different combinations of nuts, fruits and spices, adding things, omitting things, using honey, maple syrup, agave syrup and maple agave syrup – whichever I thought would compliment the combination of ingredients.  I have a few versions that are tried and true, and I continue to change it up a bit often, always in search of new amazing flavor combos. I always use Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats, making this a favorite among my friends who eat a gluten-free diet.

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It’s delicious all by itself, with milk or almond milk, in yogurt parfaits, over ice cream, and in cookies.  It makes a big batch, so it’s ideal for gifts – like teacher and volunteer thank you goodies – so fun wrapped in a cellophane bag with a lovely ribbon, or in a paper bag with a cello window and washi tape as decoration.  Or, for a totally cool present for someone special, get a beautiful glass apothecary style jar, fill it with this granola, and attach a chalkboard sticker that clearly indicates who it belongs to (“Mom’s Granola!”).

Perfect Parfait

I’m sharing my three favorite versions of Good Morning Granola below- they’re all winners – but don’t be shy about trying your own combinations.  And be sure to tell me how you like it!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ― A.A. Milne

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Enjoy!

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Good Morning Granola 1

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Good Morning Granola
 
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Delicious granola made with oats, nuts, spices, honey/maple syrup/maple agave or agave syrup is a great breakfast or snack, and it makes a tasty gift that is truly enjoyed and appreciated. Change up the nuts, fruits, spices and sweeteners to suit your tastebuds!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: A big batch!
Ingredients
  • Honey Walnut
  • 10 Tbsp. sweet butter
  • 4 pinches kosher salt
  • 4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup roughly chopped almonds
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • Maple Pecan
  • 10 Tbsp. sweet butter
  • 4 pinches kosher salt
  • 4 cups chopped pecans
  • 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • Autumn Spice
  • 10 Tbsp. sweet butter
  • 4 pinches kosher salt
  • 4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp. maple agave syrup
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)
  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup pepitas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Spray two baking sheets with non-stick spray (you can line with foil and spray if you prefer.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, dried fruits and nuts (except for the 4 cups of walnuts or pecans).
  4. In a large pot, melt the butter with the salt over medium-low heat.
  5. Add the 4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted. (Don’t take your eyes off them, as they will go from perfect to burnt in seconds!)
  6. Reduce the heat to low and add the brown sugar and honey, maple syrup or agave/maple agave; stir until melted and combined.
  7. Add the extract and the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  8. Stir the oat/fruit/nut mixture into the butter mixture and mix until well-coated.
  9. Bake 15 minutes, stir to redistribute, rotate the pans in the oven and bake 8-10 more minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Cool the granola completely on the baking sheets, stirring every now and then so it doesn’t stick. Store in airtight containers. (Note: if the weather is humid your granola may be sticky after sitting in the jar; don’t worry, just give it a good shake.)
  11. Try this with your favorite nuts and dried fruits – use walnuts or pecans for the 4 cups nuts as they make the best base, then sub in combos: honey, chopped dried apricots or mangos, shaved coconut and macadamia nuts; honey, chopped dried cherries, dark chocolate chunks and almonds or hazelnuts, and so on.
  12. Use honey, agave/maple agave syrup, or maple syrup, depending on the flavor profile you prefer. You can use olive oil instead of the butter but I prefer the flavor that the butter adds. (You get the picture…have fun!)
Notes
My recipe is an adaptation of the recipe for Killer Granola from The Hub Cyclery.

 

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5 Comments on Good Morning Granola

  1. I made the autumn spice version (though with honey, not maple agave), and it is incredible! I couldn’t keep my hands out of it while it cooled, it’s an amazing snack food all by itself. Mixed with greek yogurt and a bit of honey, it’s a fabulous breakfast!

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