breakfast in a bowl*


My favorite meal of the day is by far breakfast. I love it so much, I technically have two each day! My first breakfast always consists of a cup of green tea and a slice of toast in bed under the covers. Then I go for my morning walk and come back and make breakfast #2. For the last couple of months I've been addicted to Homemade Granola Parfait slightly modified from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.


Homemade Granola
2 c rolled oats
1 1/4 c almonds, pecans or walnuts
1 c unsweetened coconut
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 c maple syrup
2 T safflower or canola oil
Arrange oats on large baking sheet and toast lightly at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile in a large bowl combine nuts, coconut and salt. In a small bowl mix maple syrup and oil.
Stir toasted oats into nut mixture and then add syrup, mixing thoroughly.
Spray sheet pan with non-stick spray and spread granola out evenly and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Makes approximately 6 cups.
Assembling the parfait is easy. In a bowl, I cut up about 2 cups of fruit, such as 1 orange, 1 banana and a handful of strawberries. Then I add 1/2 container of soy yogurt and sprinkle top with about 1/4 c of granola. This gives me about 4 servings of fruit, fiber, protein, calcium and omega 3's to start the day with.
*no animals were harmed in the making of this dish.

24 comments

  1. I always have two breakfasts also, 1st before I walk, cheerios-blueberries-bananas & coffee, after my walk , yogurt & coffee & a small chocolate-chip muffin leftover from my son's lunch. The muffin is the big no-no of the group, but it is small ...so what the heck. Breakfast is the best meal of the day ! Gina

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  2. Hi Janet! This sounds fabulous-I've been looking for a granola recipe...I typically buy mine from Whole Foods but it has too much salt and way too much oil.
    I like your 2 breakfasts plan-I think my lack of energy some days is because I don't eat breakfast at all. I know that's wrong but I never feel hungry until lunch time when I can really put down some food! :) I should also reschedule my walks to the morning rather than so late in the evening. I like to peek into the lit houses at night ... ok, I guess I could take two walks!
    Did you use your lovely new bag to get your groceries? Giveaways don't count with the no-shopping plan, right?! :)

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  3. antique art garden-you are so right, breakfast is the best part of the day.

    sarah-i think you will like this recipe b/c it's not loaded with fat and sugar and the goodness of the oats and nuts shine. that's the last give-away i will enter. i entered before i started my no shopping.

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  4. This looks like a pretty low-fat version which is great and anything with coconut can't be bad. Don't love the soy yogurt though. Tastes a little like joint compound.

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  5. Sounds delicious! I'll make the granola on Sunday. My son will enjoy making and eating this one too. We love coconut in this house.

    Thanks!
    Julie

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  6. Yammie yammie............two times breakfast !!

    Good from you !! happy sunny weekend .......hugs from Ria

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  7. Hi, Janet,

    I will most definietly try making that granola. It sounds so yummy! In honor of the friendship you have shown me and the waus in which you inspire me, I am passing on a blogger award to you. Please accept it as a token of my esteem and friendship.

    xoxo,
    Anne

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  8. Just discovered your blog & love it!!! It is so refreshing & wonderful to find someone else who has the same philosophies. Your writing & pictures are terrific, too! Keep the posts coming!

    Best,
    Leigh

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  9. Yummy...and beautiful to look at.
    Tea and toast in bed...sheer decadence.

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  10. I too make and eat granola with yogurt and fruit. But I take mine to work, the yogurt and fruit in a jar and the granola in a little bag. Right now I'm on strawberries and bananas, but have you ever had it with pineapple? Mindblowingly good!

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  11. flwrjane-yes i have and i too change up my fruit by season.

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  12. hi janet! thanks for leaving sweet comments and i am sorry to hear about your mom. to be a good RN you need the dedication, and for 45 years of RN like your mom, i think that goes above and beyond. you have a great weekend! verbena cottage

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  13. Oooh yum this looks really delicoious Janet. I do have a granola recipe from Nigella L but the list of ingredients are so long I have never done it. Yours seems much better so I will have a go next week... x

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  14. Hi Janet,
    I haven't made my own granola in years! Breakfast is my favorite meal as well - mostly because I'd get dizzy and faint if I went without it!! Your recipe looks delicious, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.
    xoxo
    Trina

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  15. Hi Janet!
    I wonder how you manage the first breakfast: do you get it served or do you get up and lay down after preparing tea and toast?
    sorry if I bother you with my questions :-I
    This culture is just so different from ours: we get up, take a shower and sit down for breakfast. Except weekends: pyjamas at the breakfast-table.

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  16. hi paula, in my pj's i make my tea and toast then get back into bed, it's barely light out at this time. then i change into my sweats or shorts, depending on the weather and go for my walk. then i make the "real" breakfast. by this time it's about 7:30 am. when i had a job that i had to be at early i did what you do but now my days are much lazier.

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  17. Hi J
    Looks nice. Is freezing here. And damp. How's the no shopping going? xxx

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  18. hi ff,

    it's warm and sunny and the days are getting long and relaxing and it may be b/c i've stopped shopping. i don't know what is happening to me! but i like it.

    j

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  19. Oh no! I just ate my plain, boring oatmeal, wish I had seen this first! Yummy!

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  20. Hi Janet,
    Drew and I made it this morning--Drew really did all the "work" and he made a modification to the recipe by adding few dark chocolate chips. What would the skinny bitch in the kitch think of that?!

    It was delicious.

    Julie

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  21. julie - they would think that it was bitchtastic!

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  22. Janet you are so healthy! I usually smoke a cigarette and power down a good stiff bloody mary.

    Just kidding

    ~kelley

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  23. I've been meaning to make some homemade granola - thanks for the recipe!!

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