Lately, I’ve been looking into making my meals more cost effective and less processed. My main goal was to focus on one cheap ingredient and see how many ways I can cook it using close to no processed foods. After much thought, I came to to the decision that the ingredient of choice would be oatmeal. For the past few weeks, I’ve had oatmeal in many forms but there were two forms that were my favorite and made the best meal prep breakfasts. I’m all about saving money but when it saves money and cuts down on time in the kitchen, I’m all for it! First up, Coconut Vanilla Almond Granola Parfait.
What’s great about this recipe is that a majority of the ingredient can be bought in the bulk section of your favorite grocery store. So based on what you already have on hand in your pantry, it can literally cost close to nothing to make. For me, I spent about 6 dollars to create this batch and it made about 14 servings. With enough leftovers to make another batch. So give or take, the six dollars I spent could easily make 20- 24 servings with each serving being 3 ounces. I made this granola with the sole purpose to be a crunchy topping to my plain yogurt, but this can definitely be eaten as a granola cereal. Check out the recipe below:
Coconut Vanilla Almond Granola Parfait
- 4 cups of raw rolled oat
- 1 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup of raw pecan pieces
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or your favorite sweetener
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut extract
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 4 strawberries diced
- honey (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, almonds, pecans and coconut flakes.
- In a small bowl mix the coconut oil, vanilla extract, coconut extra, coconut sugar, and salt. Stir till evenly mixed, pour over the dry mixture. Combine evenly.
- Spread the mixture onto a lined cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
- In a small cup, add a layer of yogurt, then add a layer of granola, add a few strawberries and continue until the cup is filled.
- Serve immediately.