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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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Healthy Gluten Free Sugar Free Muesli bars

30 Oct

Finding healthy, grab & go snacks that my little one gets excited about can be a challenge at times. But not anymore – she loves these Muesli Bars.

Packing lunches & making sure I have healthy snacks for days out can be a chore, I get tired of continuously baking biscuits & muffins. I am often guilty of over-using natures fast food, but fortunately my daughter loves her fruit! But one can’t eat fruit alone!!

These Muesli Bars are a Mama’s best friend – they require no cooking, can be made with what ever grains, nuts, seeds & dried fruits you have on hand & they only take a few minutes to whip up.

I love them, because they keep for quite a while in an airtight jar in the cupboard & they freeze well – which means you have instant snacks on hand – no baking required 🙂

Muesli-bars

Healthy Gluten Free Muesli Bars a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 c quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 c dried apricots (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c cashew nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 2 t chia seeds
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 50gm unsalted butter

Combine the first eight ingredients in a bowl & set aside. Put the honey & butter into a saucepan & heat till gently boiling. The longer you boil it for the more caramelised & harder your muesli bars will be. I heat my honey syrup to soft ball stage & this gives me a slightly chewy muesli bar.

To test if your syrup is at soft ball stage, drop half a teaspoon of your syrup into a glass of cold water – if it balls up in the water then its ready.

Pour your syrup into your bowl of dry ingredients & stir well to combine. Pour your mix into a lightly greased pan & press down well. Leave to set for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Once your muesli bar is set cut it into squares or bars & store in an airtight jar or freeze them ready to pull them out.

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Enjoy

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