Mimi's Vegan Kitchen: Breakfast Granola Parfaits

October 2, 2017

I'm back again with another parfait recipe! As the weather is getting cooler, I'm loving a warmer breakfast. But the plain old oatmeal isn't cutting it for me anymore so as I was looking for a way to change it up, apple crumbles came up...

 

But Amira, didn't you say this is a recipe for a parfait? What's that talk about crumbles?

 

Well, I was making apple crumble but I had berries on hand and the more I made this, the more I found ways to make it healthier and then one day I was taking an overnight train and I knew I had to pack breakfast so I just packed this in a jar and tadaaa… breakfast parfait!

 

Now, if you're always on the go like me, then you probably know that packing as much nutrients as possible in breakfast is key. I find that I'm full of energy and not very worried about not getting enough nutrients throughout the day. Did I also mention that this is absolutely delicious? The sweet and sourness of the apples and berries along with the creaminess of the coconut milk complement the crunchiness of the granola perfectly! 

I make a big batch of granola and keep it in a jar for a week or ten days. As for the fruit mixture, I made a portion that I use for 2-3 days. It's the perfect on the go breakfast as you can easily pack in a jar and go! Especially if you prep everything the night before.

 

You can head over to my blog here for the apple and berries crumble version of this recipe.

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients:

To make a big batch of granola

  • 3 cups of oats (I prefer the smaller ones but feel free to use whatever you like)

  • 1 full tbsp of ground cinnamon

  • 2 full tbsp of ground flax

  • 2 tbsp of ground almond* (optional)

  • 2/3 cup of pure maple syrup (you can sub honey)

 

or

 

To make 2 parfaits

  • 3/4 cup of oats

  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp of ground flax

  • 1 tbsp of ground almond (optional)

  • 1-2 tbsp of pure maple syrup (you can sub honey)

 

For the fruit mixture

1 medium sized apple

1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries

1 tbsp of chia seeds (optional)

 

You'll also need

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 tsp of coconut oil

Directions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to medium and then mix all the dry ingredients for the granola in a big bowl. Add in the maple syrup or honey and mix everything until the sweetener is evenly distributed and the oats are a bit clumpy.

Step 2: Grease an oven tray with the coconut oil and then spread the granola evenly. Place in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or when they start browning and drying.

Step 3: While the granola is baking, peel and de-core the apple and then cut it into small pieces.

Step 4: Place the apple pieces in a pot and cover the bottom with a little bit of water. Cook the apples for about 5 minutes and then add the berries and cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 5: If you're adding the chia to the fruit, then prepare it by adding a tablespoon of water to the chia in a cup, stir well and set aside. 

Step 6: When the granola is out of the over and cooled down, you can pack it into a large (1 litre jar).

Step 7: After the fruit cools down, add the chia mixture (if using) and stir well to incorporate.

Step 8: To assemble the parfait, add about 2-3 tbsp of coconut milk to each cup. Top with half a cup of granola and 2-3 tbsp of fruit. Store the remaining fruit in a jar or a fridge-safe container and the coconut milk in a separate one. Both will last at least 3 days in the fridge.

* I usually add whatever pulp remains from making nutmilk. It's usually almonds or hazelnuts. And I skip it when I don't have any on hand. 

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