Happy Monday foodies! This week at letsgetbasted, we are focusing on brain foods. Here at JMU, our semester is coming to an end meaning exams are nearing and the work is beginning to pile on. Therefore, we thought it would be a good week to sharpen our minds with some nutritious treats. I am bringing you a yogurt parfait recipe with homemade granola.
- Vanilla yogurt
- Assorted fruit
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cuts grape nuts (or the generic brand)
- 2 cups rice krispies or puffed rice
- 1 ½ cups sliced almonds
- 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
- ⅔ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
First, preheat your oven to 350⁰. Then in a large bowl, mix together the oats, grape nuts cereal, rice krispies, almonds and coconut. Then, toss in the syrup, honey, cinnamon and sugar. Spread the mixture in a thin layer onto a baking sheet (you may have to use two) and bake for about 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes so it browns evenly. Let the granola cool and put it into a plastic bag to save. When you want to create your parfait, layer the yogurt, fruit and granola. If you have vanilla yogurt but want to try some other flavors, try mixing in a little of your favorite jelly or jam to flavor the yogurt. This is also a great way to save money by buying only one kind of yogurt but being able to create everyone’s favorite flavor using only a little jam. This recipe is great brain food because it has whole grains which boost blood flow to the brain and contain vitamin B6 which is important for brain development. It also contains almonds which stimulate natural mood boosters and boost memory. Yogurt helps improve alertness and memory and fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries contain important antioxidants and vitamins that prevent brain cell degeneration. So before that next big test or next time you need a break while working on a project, try a yogurt parfait and get all the nutrients you need for some good brain food. Enjoy!