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Granola Parfaits – healthy Gluten free snacks & desserts

13 Nov

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This breakfast treat, go to snack, dessert & all around versatile Parfait recipe is fast becoming my daughters favourite.

Just between you & me she asks for “Cafe” – but I know that she really isn’t trying to escape my food, but that she really wants me to make her a Parfait.

These started out as an instant, easy snack for my daughter (that wasn’t all fruit!), but after polishing off her leftovers I now make two, one for her & one for me!

I am loving on these big time!! because they are super easy & quick, you can keep a giant mason jar of granola in your cupboard & then layer it with what ever fruit, yogurt or kefir you have on hand to make yummy, nutritious instant meals. They even store great in a little mason jar for taking to school & on outings. They can be made the night before & left in the fridge, the granola will of course soften a little – but its nice kind of gooey!

You can tailor make the recipe to your own specific requirements, layer it with soy or coconut yoghurt for a vegan variation, add in more nuts & seeds, add some chia seeds for a dose of super food……..the options are endless.

But most of all have fun creating pretty layers of yumminess in your jars.

Granola Parfaits a’la Mama Going Natural

Granola

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c sultanas
  • 1/4 c cashews
  • 1/2 c quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 c puffed millet
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 4 T honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir honey through well to coat dry ingredients. Place in thin layers on baking trays into a moderate oven (approx 150 degrees). Watch your granola while it toasts & stir occasionally (this will only take 5 minutes or so). Once all of your granola is golden & toasted remove from the oven. Once cool place in mason jars to be used at a later time.

I love this Granola recipe big time, because you can also turn it into instant Muesli Bars, simply caramelise butter & honey in a saucepan over high heat till soft ball stage (when cooled in water a drop of the mixture should make a ball). Pour your caramelised honey into your granola, stir well & press into pans & refrigerate to set.

How to Make Granola Parfaits

  • Batch of yoghurt (recipe can be found here)
  • Fruit – we use frozen blueberries & banana’s – but only because that is Miss Two’s favourites!
  • Granola
  • Mason Jars, glasses or bowls

Spoon 1 & a 1/2 tablespoons of fruit into the bottom of your jar then add a tablespoon of yoghurt & top with a tablespoon of granola, keep layering until your jar is full, topping with a little sprinkle of granola for that yummy crunch factor!

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Then Enjoy 🙂

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Raw Gluten Free Vegan Millet & Seed crackers

2 Nov

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These crackers are part of my search for easy grab & go snacks for our arsenal. Kicking processed, supermarket food has brought it’s challenges, the biggest being “on the go” quick & easily transportable snacks. Miss Two & I are constantly on the go, so I need snacks daily & while Miss Two is happy with a banana or apple day after day, Mama is not! I wish I shared her love for fruit, but I prefer a variety of food & can’t bear to eat the same thing over & over.

The great thing about these crackers (other than they are super easy to make) is that you can create hundreds of variations using this base recipe & adding herbs, spices & flavourings your family like. We have made curry versions, non vegan parmesan cheese & basil & spicy chilli flavoured crackers – but the variations are endless.

And the best part………….kept in an airtight Mason jar these bad boys will last for ages – so you don’t have to be constantly cooking, YAY!

I love making everything from scratch for my family & knowing exactly what is in our food & more importantly what isn’t!! But I do get tired of constantly cooking – I am lazy & not really a natural cook so I am always looking for the cheats way out & this recipe is making it into my arsenal – so give it a try.

Raw Gluten Free Millet & Seed Crackers a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/2 c millet
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c linseeds (flax seeds)
  • 3 t chia seeds
  • 1/2  t Tamari (low salt fermented soy sauce)
  • 1/2 t himalayan salt
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/3 c filtered water

Place your millet & sunflower seeds in a blender or thermomix & blitz till they make a flour. Add the rest of the ingredients & stir in gently on low speed.

I make my crackers in a dehydrator but you could always slow bake them in a warm oven till they dry out, just make sure you line your trays with baking paper.

Smooth out your mixture on the dehydrator mats or on baking paper till its the thickness you prefer, I make our crackers thin as that’s how we like them. You can make them free form like the ones pictured or spread them out over your tray & after your crackers have dehydrated for 2 hours take them out & score the tray into the cracker size you want. Once they are fully dehydrated they can be snapped along your score lines.

These crackers take about 4 to 6 hours to dehydrate on high in my dehydrator but you will need to test the time they take in yours. Taste test as they are dehydrating – you can take them out early & have a chewy cracker or leave them to dry for longer to make a firm wafer style cracker.

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Enjoy & get cracker making!

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