This morning I craved a yogourt and fruit parfait for breakfast, bringing together tangy and creamy with bright berry sweetness. I knew I’d need something else to add a complementary crunchiness: granola. The problem? I had none.
That’s when a brainstorm hit … I could toast some oatmeal and nuts in a skillet with maple syrup added in for sticky, sweet crunch. Now surely I’m not the first person to think of such a thing (and having just done a quick search, I see that plenty of others have beat me to it), but there’s a particular pleasure in coming up with a quick and inventive solution to a problem without losing 20 minutes trolling the internet first. Original thinking doesn’t necessarily mean being first!
In the space of about five minutes, the granola was cooling while I was readying the berries for the parfait. Since I like to use plain unsweetened Greek yogourt, I made the granola a little sweeter than I might have otherwise. It was just what I was looking for to complete my parfait: sweet, with a hint of cinnamon, a bit sticky and pleasingly crunchy.
This was the best breakfast I’ve had since eating at Stella’s in Winnipeg, and it’s good to know I can whip it together so quickly anytime I like, whether there’s granola in the cupboard or not!
Quick Skillet Granola
© Marlene Cornelis, Urban Cottage Life.com 2016
This recipe makes a single modest serving, enough for three layers of granola in a parfait … it’s infinitely expandable, though!
- 1/4 cup large flake oatmeal
- 5 or 6 walnut halves, broken into pieces
- 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp or so ground cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until the oatmeal and nuts are well coated with the oil and syrup. Put into a small skillet (I used non-stick) over medium to medium-low heat, and stir and turn frequently. If you don’t like clumps in your granola, just break it up with the spatula. Keeping a close eye on it to prevent burning, toast the granola mixture until it’s golden brown or to your liking. It took me less than 5 minutes to achieve that state.
Remove from the skillet and cool, then use as desired.