Several years ago my mother-in-law introduced me to something that was life changingly (yes, I realize changingly is not a real word, but this is my blog and I can make up words if I want to) delicious.
Corner Bakery’s Fresh Berry Parfait
“Start your day with layers of crunchy granola, low fat vanilla yogurt, and fresh seasonal berries.” – Corner Bakery Menu
I would get it every time we went. Then Gala (mother-in-law) had the bright idea of making it at home, so we did. Never quite as good, but still a good substitute. The only problem was the granola.
For starters, it’s pricey to buy in the store. For what seems like a teaspoon of granola (ok not really maybe a tablespoon ), you are looking at $4 a box. Second it tends to be pretty high in fat and calories. Granola is one of those sneaky “health foods” that can be pretty unhealthy if you over do it. Like with nuts, while they are healthy one serving at a time, they can quickly sabotage your waist line if you aren’t careful.
So, we decided about a year ago to try to make our own. Jeremy was the one who found the recipe for us. We wanted a simple low fat and truly healthy granola. We found a recipe by Alton Brown and have been making it ever since! One batch lasts us weeks and weeks.
I searched to find the website for the original recipe but I can’t find it anymore. The one that is listed now as his is not the one we use. Although it does look quite delicious.
**This was not my own recipe, it was Alton Brown’s. I am not a chef by any means.
makes ~ 42 servings
serving size 1/4 cup
Prep: 15 min
Bake time: 45-60 min
8 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats as they tend to burn)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 275 degrees
Measure 8 cups of oats into a large bowl
In a microwave safe dish combine the brown sugar and water.
Microwave on high for 5 min
Stir, be sure all the sugar has dissolved
Add the salt and vanilla to brown sugar mixture
be sure all the salt has dissolved
Pour the mixture into the measured oats
Stir and stir, coating the oats with the brown sugar mixture until your arm feels like its going to fall off.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spread granola mixture out evenly onto baking sheets
Place in oven for 45:00
Stir granola every 15 minutes to prevent edges from over cooking or burning.
When completely cool, place in air tight container.
Good by the handful!