Over the summer I often eat parfaits for breakfast. I layer plain yogurt with whatever berries I have in the house and a crumbled up granola bar. The other day I had a “duh!” moment, and realized that, hey, parfaits do not need to be limited to spring/summer fruit! Why not make a parfait with one of the lovely pears sitting in the bowl on the counter? So I did. And with homemade granola to boot.
I’m not sure why it never occurred to me to make my own granola before, but I’m glad I finally did. This stuff is addictingly good, and so easy to make!
Honey-Vanilla Granola Clusters
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup mild clover honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use grapeseed oil)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1) position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, brown sugar, honey, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add oats and stir to coat evenly. Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
3) Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and fragrant, stirring once or twice and rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack, and allow the granola to cool. Break the granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.
Makes about 4 cups