Making your own granola is not only fun, easy and highly satisfying – but it means you can add your own preferred ingredients and sweeten it to your particular taste. Bespoke granola, if you like. Quaker oats are amazing for making granola because they create the perfect texture once baked, and also hold together really well. I’ve added some of my favourites to this granola parfait recipe, but you can play around with it by adding different kinds of nuts, freeze-dried berries and different seeds – depending on what you like and what you have in the cupboard.
This is a great way to turn your oats into an impressive-looking breakfast or brunch dish.
Oat-based granola parfait
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
For the granola
- 250g Quaker oats
- 40g sunflower seeds
- 40g pumpkin seeds
- 70g broken pecans
- 35g coconut chips
- 50g dried cranberries
- 50g raisins
- 3tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
NB this makes a good amount of granola – so store what you don’t use up for later, or bag it up and give as gifts to friends.
For the berry compote
- 250g frozen summer berries (try to get one that is predominately raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries)
- Zest of quarter of a lemon
- 1tbsp maple syrup (you can add more if you have more of a sweet tooth)
- Yoghurt (a thicker yoghurt works best here, such as Greek – or coconut yoghurt if you are dairy-free. I usually serve around 150g per person)
- Fresh berries for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Mix the Quaker oats, seeds, pecans, coconut chips, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix the melted coconut oil and syrup together in a small bowl, then pour over the dried ingredients. Blend well to ensure an even coating, then place the oat mixture on to a baking tray and gently press the mixture down. This will help form the clusters.
- Bake at 160 C for 30 minutes. Stir the granola every 10 minutes to ensure an even bake.
- Remove the granola from the oven and add the dried fruit. Adding the fruit at the end ensures that it doesn’t burn.
- In a saucepan, mix the frozen berries, lemon zest and syrup. Cook on a medium heat until all the berries have thawed. Allow the mixture to simmer gently until it has reduced down slightly, creating a runny jam consistency. Taste, and add a touch more syrup accordingly.
Allow the compote and granola to fully cool – then assemble your parfait. Take a couple of glass tumblers, layer granola at the bottom, then add a layer of the yoghurt, then a layer of the compote, followed by another layer of granola. (If your glass isn’t full yet, continue to layer up until it is.) Just before serving, scatter over a few fresh berries as a finishing touch.
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