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GRANOLA YOGURT PARFAIT WITH BERRY PRESERVE(Home made granola and Berry Preserve)

Parfait with healthy granola, low fat yogurt with some home made Berry preserves sounds healthy right... yes it is.  If it is home made granola and home made Berry Jam/Preserve then it is double likes.  Truly it is delicious and healthy dessert.  The berry jam/preserve which is I am posting has no sugar; instead I am using Agave Nectar.  I know everyone will be aware of this natural sweetener.  Anyway here is a brief... Agave is a natural sweetener extracted from the heart of agave plant.  It is low in glycemic index, so it is slowly absorbed into the body preventing spikes in blood sugar. It is 25% sweeter than sugar so you need less.  The sweet mild taste is perfect for sweetening beverages, baking etc. 

The Granola I am posting is oats with cranberry and nuts.  You can mix and match your favorite nuts and dried fruits of same amount.  But this is standard recipe which I am following every time I make and as I said by using different nuts and dried fruits every time.

The Berry Preserves is quick method which has no pectin in it, it can be stored in the fridge for a month.  You can follow the same method with your favorite fruits, just by adjusting the sweetener alone, as it depends on the type of fruit we use. As this has no preservatives this has to be consumed soon, not more than a month.


 


OATS AND CRANBERRY/NUTS GRANOLA

Ingredients:
           
Old fashioned oats - 2 cups 
(You can also use Instant oats, but reduce the baking time and amount of orange Juice to 1/4 cups)
Roasted almonds - 1/2 cup chopped
Dried cranberries - 1 cup
Pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup
Pecans - 1/4 cup chopped
Honey - 1/3 cup
Brown sugar - 2/3 cup tightly packed
Unsweetened Orange juice - 1/2 cup
Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
Fine sea salt- 1/4 teaspoon
Nonstick cooking spray or Silpat or Nonstick Parchment



Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°f.
2. Spread the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°f.
4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
5. In a small saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, Orange juice and cinnamon over medium heat.
6. Cook the above mixture, until the sugar has dissolved, stir constantly.
7. Mix together the oats, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and salt.
8. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined.
9. Let this sit for 5 minutes, mix once in a while.
10. Spread this mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. For every 10 minutes take the tray out and give it a stir/or to make even browning.
12. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
13. Stir in the cranberries and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture begins to brown.
14. Cool completely. Store in an air tight container.  You can keep this for up to 3 weeks.

Wonderful healthy snack is ready !!!


Note :

1. You can also add the choco chips, but add it after the mixtures is roasted and cooled completely.
2.  The oven time varies so watch out.  When the granola mixture is slightly browned it means it  is done.  If you brown or roast for too long then it becomes harder rather than crispier.

BERRY PRESERVE/JAM
 


Ingredients:

Mixed berries - 7 cup
Agave - 1 1/4 cup
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon (Use Meyer lemon if available)




Method:


1.  Wash and drain the berries.
2. Puree in the food processor roughly.
3. In the medium heavy bottom pan, add this puree, agave, and zest and Lemon juice.
4. Let this cook for few minutes, stir once in a while. (When it is cooking it splutters, so watch out)
5. Cook rapidly almost too gelling point.
6. When the mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
7.  At first you will see lot of bubbles, later it starts to disappear and also it thickens. Then its time to do the gelling test.

Gelling test:

Place a plate in the freezer, now place a small amount of the hot spread on the chilled plate..  Set the plate in a freezer until the spread is cooled to room temperature.  Now run your finger through the cooled spread.  If it separates then slowly returns to its original form then it is ready.

Storing:

1. Cool this preserve.
2. And store in the clean sterilized bottle.
3. This can be kept for 1 month.
4. Usually I make this quantity and store in 2 bottles, when 1 bottle is done.  Then Open another one, instead of storing whole thing in single bottle.


For the Parfait :


I used Greek yogurt
Granola
Berry Preserve


In a tall glass, fill the above three in layers and enjoy your healthy dessert.


Kala  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:23 AM)  

Just looking at your delicious photos makes me hungry:):)

bicks  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:23 AM)  

wow! super.will try this soon. but have a doubt why do we use orange juice? can we skip this?

Pavithra  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:29 AM)  

@ bicks its because we don't use any butter or oil fat in this ..so we need some medium to roast the oats thats why we use juice, but if you don't want that u can skip it and use butter or oil instead.

savitha ramesh  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:37 AM)  

cool pictures.u r rocking.love the parfait and also the jam.

divya  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM)  

yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!! thx 4 sharing

Prathibha  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM)  

Looks superb..loved that glass very much..love to dig into it now...yummy..:)

Sonia  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM)  

Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. The Parfait is Very nicely made and presented. Its always fun to see ur appetizing recipes.Saving this recipe and I wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day !

Kamakshi  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM)  

Lovely recipe.Great pictures.

jeyashrisuresh  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:03 AM)  

amazing recipe with great pictures .wonderful home made jam, pictures are too good as always

Gulmohar  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM)  

Wonderful..the recipes and the pics...I have almost same glassware and the home made berry preserve with me now..So I should try this straight away :D

Kairali sisters  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:18 AM)  

Brilliant photographs and love anything homemade ;D

SravsCulinaryConcepts  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM)  

wow wonderful and absoutely delightful !!

Plateful  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM)  

The jam looks super yummy and I'm loving the berry flavors in them. The pictures are simply awesome!

Archana  – (April 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM)  

I am speechless. Lovely pictures and a great recipe. Definitely a keeper. Thanks

Now Serving  – (April 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM)  

Wow what a fantastic parfait love all you pics!!!making my mouth water. esp that toast with the jam - could have one right now!

suma  – (April 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM)  

Home made granola in a parfait! Double, double likes:-). I can munch on home made granola all day... lovely pictures Pavithra!

Paaka Shaale  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM)  

The granola and the parfait both look yum. I have been wanting to make the parfait since a long time!! Just waiting for an occasion I guess :)

Sharmilee! :)  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM)  

The word granola makes me all the more happy, luv it so much...this is one delicious looking dessert. And beautiful pics!!

Reshmi Mahesh  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM)  

Your pics tempt me a lot...superb...

Foodie Ann  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM)  

Beautiful photography Pavithra....I can just grab a spoon and eat it....

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM)  

ok, that looks divine, seriously, a healthy breakfast and dessert and snack, whichever way we want to eat, lovely pics dear :)

S.Menaga  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM)  

wonderful recipe..amazing clicks!!

Turmericnspice  – (April 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM)  

looks soo good...wld love to top the preserve with my fav ice cream

Priya  – (April 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM)  

Feel like grabbing that whole glass rite now and finishing it immediately, parfait looks divine and simply fabulous..

Rajani@eatwritrethink  – (April 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM)  

hi pavithra... love your blog, want to feature you in femina.in... pls. drop me a line at veginme(at)gmail(dot)com.

- Rajani

Rachu  – (April 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM)  

wonderful.. beautiful clicks.. jsut love the style of presentation
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swapna  – (April 19, 2011 at 2:56 PM)  

Perfect Parfait...thanks for the recipe!!

An Open Book  – (April 19, 2011 at 3:43 PM)  

ah that jam looks absolutely divine pavithra...yum

Cool Lassi(e)  – (April 19, 2011 at 3:48 PM)  

It looks like a work of art. Perfect for a breakfast or snack!

Harika's Kitchen  – (April 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM)  

Wow u r amazing no words to express. Oh my gosh......

Suhaina  – (April 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM)  

Super clicks dear..those who do not eat these will also become a fan after seeing ur clicks...very healthy...
I just noticed something.........
In the third set of photos u have tagged (with the paper tags) sunflower and pumpkin seeds wrongly..Kindly check...
Anyways love ur creation...drool.
I tried ur milk sweet and it came out very well...I added some Khova too toward the end to reduce the sweetness.. It was perfect and we all enjoyed it to the last bit..Thanks for such a simple recipe...

Pavithra  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:03 PM)  

@suhaina ha ha yah I kept wrong, mmm nothing can be made now anyway thanks for letting me know and I am glad u liked the Paalkova, yah since i used lowfat condensed milk and drained the excess water which came after microwaving, the sweetness came just right.

yummychunklet  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:05 PM)  

Your berry preserve looks so delicious and the best topping for yogurt!

Vimitha Anand  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:13 PM)  

Yummy and colorful desert... The pics are a delight to look at...

Nitha  – (April 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM)  

wow... lovely and amazing work..

Aruna Manikandan  – (April 20, 2011 at 12:35 AM)  

wow...
looks delicious and very tempting dear....
Gorgeous clicks as usal :)

Raji  – (April 20, 2011 at 1:41 AM)  

This is gorgeous at its best. Lovely recipe. Simply superb!!

Suman Singh  – (April 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

this looks awesome, I feel like grabbing that parfait glass right from the pic..Mouth-watering recipe and awesome photography...mind-blowing..I can keep staring at this forever!!

Nithya  – (April 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM)  

Yummy looking parfait. The glass is so pretty too :)

aipi  – (April 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM)  

YUM-YUM-YUM- You are the best- both the recipes rock and the pictures are spot on!
US Masala

Yummy Team  – (April 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM)  

WOW!! Stunning clicks, Pavithra..Thanks for sharing this lovely parfait..

JishasKitchen  – (April 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM)  

OMG...tempting click...feel like attacking that bowl....:)

Preety  – (April 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM)  

would love to have this for my breakfast :)

hemalata  – (April 21, 2011 at 12:04 AM)  

Amazing berry preserve,looks so delicious and yummy.Nice photography

Zareena  – (April 21, 2011 at 4:59 AM)  

Mouth watering clicks. Amazing work of paper tags.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes)  – (April 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM)  

U hv a wonderful space pavi..I drop by but forget to follow u...heading away and Following Uuuuuuu..
Do drop @ my space as time permits..perfect breakfast... super yummy n tempting...drooling..mindbogling pics...
Sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Pam  – (April 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM)  

This is my idea of the perfect dessert... yum!

Kankana  – (April 22, 2011 at 12:37 AM)  

You are such an amazing photographer . I can't stop staring at those amazing pics :) Beautiful colorful yummy looking jam !

Mehjabeen Arif  – (April 22, 2011 at 2:09 AM)  

oopsy.. we love parafrait.. never thought , i would get a recipe for that.. thank u so much.. hugs :)

new to ur space n happy to follow u for more wonderful creations..
do visit me when u get time ..
http://comeletseat.blogspot.com

Sukanya Ramkumar  – (April 25, 2011 at 7:46 AM)  

Healthy breakfast. Nice pictures....

Spice  – (April 25, 2011 at 10:02 AM)  

Lovely clicks, healthy parfrait....I love homemade berry preserve but never used agave in that.....may be this time will try with that....

Ananda Rajashekar  – (April 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM)  

All in one in a beautiful jar who wouldn't say no....it will be my happy breakfast :)

Nithu  – (April 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM)  

Those pics makes me drool. I am so tempted to try this.

Raksha  – (April 25, 2011 at 1:14 PM)  

U have one of thebest blogs.keep it up.

following u :)

Renu  – (May 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM)  

very yummy recipe and wonderful presentation !

DV  – (October 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM)  

Berry berry yummy!!! :D

Great clicks and lovely recipe!

-Divya
TastyVegCooking

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