Puffed Millet & Coconut Granola

One of my favorite ways to make a balanced, nourishing breakfast in the summertime is with parfaits. But no parfait is complete without the perfect granola! And since I like my parfaits with lots and lots of layers, I thought that a light, summery granola was in order. To make it, I knew I wanted something other than the typical rolled oats and nuts as a base: this is my go-to when the months are colder, but for summer a light, crunchy granola seemed more appropriate. To assemble the parfait, I added summer fruit (berries, diced apricot, cherries) and coconut yogurt. I also added some puffed millet to the base of the parfait, which soaks up the fruit juices and yogurt to make the consistency of a rice pudding, which I find to be just delicious. If you can’t find puffed millet readily at your grocery store, you could also use puffed quinoa or puffed kamut (which you should be able to buy on Amazon). This granola needs to be baked at a low temperature for at least a couple hours, to make sure that the puffed millet and coconut flakes don’t burn. This is very important!

I made this parfait shortly before jetting off on a quick flight to DC for the weekend, and was super excited that my shipment from Lük Beautifood had arrived the week before — their lip nourish sticks (and other products) are made with 100% natural ingredients, including natural fruit extracts! You can read more about this in my review here.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Heat over a low heat until just combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  5. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment or silpat lined baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for 2.5-3 hours or until just crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and pour onto a cool surface. Granola will crisp up even more as it cools down!
  7. Enjoy on its own by the handful, with almond milk or non-dairy yogurt, or as a parfait layered with seasonal fruit and more puffed millet.
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