Green & Glam Granolove Parfait / by Adriana Marino

Granola au naturel:
(this will make around 4 – 8 servings so you can share with friends or have on hand to make a parfait for a few days!) 

  • 1 ½ cups of rolled oats (gluten-free optional. You can also sub all or some of the oats with quinoa flakes)
  • ½ cup of raw buckwheat groats
  • 1 Tbs of coconut oil, liquid
  • 2 Tbs of maple syrup
  • 1 HUGE banana (or two small ones)
  • ¼ cup each of almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs of raisins
  • ¼ cup of coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder (+ more to taste if you like it very cinnamon-y!)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla powder
  • ½ tsp of ginger powder A pinch of Himalayan or sea salt

Optional: cloves, cardamom, nutmeg
Optional: 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds

Chic Coconut crème:

  • ¼ cup of coconut meat
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla powder

“Back to basics” Banana crème:

  • 1 large banana

Fashionable fruit:

  • ½ cup of seasonal fruit, preferably fresh berries

For the granola:

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients and mix.
  • Place on oven tray and bake for around 20 minutes, then turn with a spatula and continue to cook for around 5-10 minutes or until golden brown (but not burned!)
  • Remove from oven and let it chill. (You do the same!)
  1. Mash banana with a fork to form a purée.
  2. Blend all coconut yogurt ingredients in a Vitamix or high-speed blender until smooth an creamy. Feel free to add more liquid if you like a thinner yogurt.
  3. In a bowl or glass jar or wine glass (fancy!) add a few spoonfuls of coconut yogurt.
  4. Top with banana crème, then granola, then fruit.
  5. Repeat !

To dress up your parfait in haute couture, add one or all of these unique, yet simple ways to glam it up :

Beautiful Balsamic Raspberries
1 pint fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
A pinch of salt
Toss raspberries in vinegar and salt.

Haute Hazelnuts (Chai Candied Hazelnuts)
1 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp each of cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger
¼ cup coconut sugar
1 Tbsp water
¼ tsp salt

Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine spices, coconut sugar, water, and salt.
Toast hazelnuts over the stove on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes until golden and fragrant.
Add sugar spice mixture and stir until it thickens and coats the nuts thoroughly.
Remove from heat and spread out onto parchment paper to let cool.

Couture Cabernet Cranberries
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup Cabernet
Add cranberries to Cabernet and let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow cranberries to absorb the Cabernet.

 

Source: http://beautyandwellbeing.com/well-being/r...