Homemade Granola into a Breakfast Parfait
It has finally happened. Jorge has been gone for almost 3 weeks and what I was really worried about happening, finally happened. I don’t know why, but last night I was scared to death. I was getting ready to go to sleep and I heard a weird noise. Then I couldn’t stop listening for noises…and of course when you are listening for scary noises you always hear them. I was sure I heard someone walking up the stairs…and breathing in the hallway…and had that feeling that someone was watching me. And then I heard something in the vent. And it was ALL OVER. My biggest fear in the entire world is someone living in my attic watching me through the air conditioning vent. And don’t even try to tell me it can’t happen, because guess what it totally already has….Twice! And I keep watching the vent, swearing I see eyes looking back at me. And it doesn’t help that we are in a townhome that we lease and for some reason the company we lease from has the doorway to the attic bolted shut on either side. To normal people, this would mean they don’t want us storing things in the attic or something. To me, this means that they have had issues with someone living up there before, so to save their new tenants they have sealed it shut so the person can not come down and murder anyone while they sleep. So there I am, covering myself with the comforter, listening to every single little noise the house makes, just sure that some creepy guy is watching me through the vent in my bedroom. And the worst part is that he knows that Jorge is not there to save me and now would be his best chance to come out and kill me. So I laid there, glued to my bed (because I can’t get up for fear that he might be waiting under my bed, or in the closet that I have to walk by) in fright until 5 am when I finally started thinking rationally exhaustion finally won out. So when I woke up, I really wanted something delicious for breakfast to reward myself for making it through the night without calling 911 to report the guy I just KNOW is living in our attic (despite all the evidence proving otherwise)…but considering I am trying to eat healthy…I had to stay away from what I really wanted…pancakes! But, honestly, this Homemade Granola made up into a delicious Parfait, was truly perfect!
Crunchy Classic Granola
To make the parfait:
1 container Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 of a peach cut into slices
1/4 cup granola
Layer all 4 ingredients. Serve immediately! Ya...it is that easy!
5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. In a small bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. Stir to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and stir well.
Spread the mixture evenly on two rimmed baking sheets, either greased with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Set a timer to go off every ten minutes while the granola bakes, so you can rotate the pans and give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pans from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and set aside to cool. The finished granola may still feel slightly soft when it comes out of the oven, but it will crisp as it cools.
Scoop cooled granola into to a large zipper-lock plastic bag or other airtight container. Store in the refrigerator indefinitely.
Adapted from: Nigella