Granola was one of the first recipes I shared on this blog and I used to jar it as gifts for friends and fam during the holidays. A few months ago, the supply coordinator at Ooooby was looking for more local shelf-stable products to offer as Add Ons. I offered to package my Granola Mix and he liked the idea of having a nutritiously delicious snack option. I was excited to sell packages of my homemade Granola Mix to Ooooby customers weekly and extra excited to add my granola on some other local business’s shelves, too. The rewarding part about offering my homemade granola is not money. What excites me is hearing someone tell me they grabbed some of my granola at a local coffee shop before work and loved it so much they ate it by the handful and didn’t even get the chance to sprinkle it on their yogurt. I love hearing that my friends’ kids like to eat the yogurt chips out like I used to do with the M&Ms in a bag of trail mix. I wouldn’t have expected something as simple as granola to create so many connections, but it really has. The most rewarding part about sharing my granola has definitely been being able to connect and collaborate with other people. Small business owners, coffee shop lovers, and other locavores have shared an excitement about my homemade granola and that’s what makes me want to continue sharing the nola, even though it makes me feel like a Girl Scout selling cookies half the time. 😛
If you’re a member of CycleBar, I’ll be there with my Granola Mix topped on yogurt for their Sunday Brunch Rides on Feb 11th and 18th. I will also be sampling granola at The Market on Saturday, March 24th. Excitingly, I’m also planning to teach a class at Whole Foods Fresno in May. There, I will be sharing several breakfast ideas and granola creations. If you’re not a spinner or Fresnan, you can order some granola here and have it shipped to ya!
Since I’ve been making lots of granola, I’ve been making lots of granola-topped and granola-layered creations, like this Matchia Parfait. You may be wondering what Matchia is. I would be too, but I made it up. My definition of Matchia is the mix of matcha and chia pudding. I love matcha lattes and finally bought some matcha powder to make my own lattes at home. If you like matcha, then you’ll love this indulgent parfait! If you don’t like matcha, then stick to a simple parfait layered with your favorite yogurt, fruit, and of course, lots of granola! 😉
For the Chia Pudding Layer:
- 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon agave or pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Matcha Smoothie Layer:
- 1-2 chopped and frozen bananas
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 3-4 frozen coconut cream cubes
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk, or as needed
- Agave or sweetener of choice, to taste
For the Remaining Parfait:
- Place all the Chia Pudding ingredients in a jar.
- Shake or stir to combine, then let it sit for at least a couple hours.
- For the Matcha Smoothie layer, blend until smooth, adding almond milk as needed to blend.
- In a Mason jar, layer the granola, matcha smoothie, and chia pudding.
- Add coco whip on top with more granola and a sprinkle of the vanilla chia coconut flakes.