Homemade Granola and Blueberry Granola Parfait

by Michael on January 24, 2012 · 11 comments

Breakfast. I think of stalled weekend mornings when the early day threatens to collapse into the afternoon. I imagine family moments around the kitchen island or big rustic family table  loaded with pastries,  hot food and pitchers of juice and citrus water. It was destined to be weekend’s greatest calling card. Food and family reconnected after a week of responsiblity and misdirection. Conversation about weekend plans or lack thereof. A morning done right.

Weekdays lack the character of a weekend.  Everything about those five days of the week is forced. Compressed into a small window of opportunity and spit out again. They take on different personalities. Different roles. You can ease yourself into a Saturday or Sunday. But the rest of the days you’re shot from a cannon the moment the your eyes fight the light. And there’s no turning back.

My work day mornings are rushed. I have an hour to wake up and get ready and grab everything I need. And go. I back out of the driveway as the entire subdivision forms a long impenetrable line that mimics the lineup of vehicles at a border crossing. I anxiously wait my turn. All for the sake of the drive, half asleep, to punch a clock. Over and over. Again.

Weekends. Slow. Initiated. Time is our ally. We sink into the mornings. Lose track of time and ourselves. The moments that define us and the memories that established us happen on these two singular days. The ones we search for time and time again. The first part of the morning is spent soaking up the last of the previous night’s sleep. Daydreaming. Catching up. The extra time spent half asleep with our eyes part way shut is the moment we desperately longed for days before. And gave into on the first chance we got.

For as long as I can remember the mornings on weekends meant hot breakfast. Lots of dishes and pans and soon to be empty plates. It meant bacon and eggs or french toast or some other meal destined for the menu. On those hurried mornings it meant cereal. There were two sides of the spectrum. No middle ground.

Something happened along the way. It always does. I found compromise. Solutions. I discovered the other side and the possibilities. Granola. Yogurt. Healthy and delicious. I stumbled upon an oxymoron. Or the avenue where simplicity meets brilliance. Either way, I finally understood what everyone had been talking about. And they do talk.

I picked up a box of granola at the store. On one of  those frantic mornings when time is limited I gave it a shot. It was good. But it wasn’t spectacular. So I made  my own batch. And from that time on I make a batch of granola. ‘A chance to sneak in the weekend during the week. I stock it in an airtight container and put it in my pantry and run through it in a week. Each and every morning.

Weekends, even to this day, still mean hot foods to me. It lets me ease into the day in the kitchen and allows the aroma to fill the house and set the mood for the day. So I’ll get to work and make up foods that my wife and I can enjoy at our table. With lots of coffee and juice and water. And I’ll turn that granola into a parfait to end the meal, or start the afternoon. It’s my version of moderation.

Breakfast. It conjures up images of stalled early mornings. On weekends the mornings crashes into the early afternoon. I imagine family moments. The two of us, maybe more one day. The big family table with croissants and hot foods and pitchers of juice and citrus packed water. And granola and parfaits and the newspaper folded in sections around the seats at the table. It’s weekend’s greatest footprint. A morning done right.

From my kitchen to yours,

ML

 

Maple Granola with Pistachios

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup bran
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. honey, to drizzle

Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Using a medium saucepan over low heat, combine maple syrup, honey and apple cider and stir for five minutes, until smooth.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, bran, wheat germ, coconut, sunflower seeds and raisins. Add the syrup over top and stir until well coated.
  5. Pour out onto the parchment paper and smooth out. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring ever 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from stir through blueberries and pistachios. Drizzle the honey over top.
  7. Serves 6-8 cups.

 


 

 

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Kathryn January 25, 2012 at 5:17 am

Granola and yogurt is such a perfect breakfast, especially when time is not on your side in the mornings. It always makes me smile when I start the day with a helping.

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Brian January 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi blog twin!

I am with you on granola. I wasn’t a huge fan of it until I made my own and now I’m hooked. Beautiful post, my friend!

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jenna January 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

i live for yogurt and homemade granolas! they are wonderful, especially if you have little ones running around. A perfectly healthy snack, breakfast or side dish. :) gorgeous photos…maybe you should do a photo post? I would love to hear how you have improved your skills!

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Jessica @ How Sweet January 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

This looks absolutely delightful. I’m craving it!

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Maria January 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

I could eat this every morning. What a great way to start the day!

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marla January 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Just pinned this onto my Blueberry Bliss board over at Pinterest. Beautiful breakfast + snack Mike. I love the mornings so much ~ that is why I wake up 2 hours before the rest of the crew. This was I don’t feel as rushed at this special time :)

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sippitysup January 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My news years resolution is more granola (and no lite beer)! GREG

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 26, 2012 at 2:04 am

I do love my granola, especially with a little yogurt and fruit. That was my go-to breakfast for quite a long time.

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Dara Fragomeni January 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

ML….
LoVe your Blogs!!!
This is Great, as I often forget what else can I add?
You make this delightful & fulfilling….LIFE!!!!

Thanks from mine bc of yours :)

D&J

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