So, like I said, I’m still on my “spring cleaning” detox theme. Any detox that involves delicious ice cream is good for me! This idea started with a granola recipe. I was never keen on buying pre-made granola. Even though some varieties are very high quality, they can cost a fortune! Realistically, it’s far cheaper to buy organic oats in bulk and then toast them yourself. Yep. Granola is basically toasted oats with stuff mixed in it. I also like making granola at home so I can control what goes in it. Too often are pre-packaged cereals laden with added sweeteners and oils. Some fat and sweeteners make granola delicious, this is true. However, I like to keep these ingredients in check for both health and flavor. Granola that is as sugary as candy doesn’t do anyone any favors.
This granola is great because it’s also multi-grain! I added some millet and quinoa for nutritional and textural benefits! I love the cunch the two grains add to the granola. By using the base ingredients for this mixture (oats, quinoa, millet, liquid ingredients…) you can change up what nuts/seeds/dried fruit/chocolate(!) you add. Customize and have fun!
Granola is also wonderful (let me count the ways!) because you can always serve it with something. I love using granola as a topping or garnish for breakfast porridge, smoothies, chia pudding, and ICE CREAM!!! I devised a completely clean and naturally sweet ice cream that can be eaten for any meal or snack of the day. This concoction is basically a bunch of fruits blended together with a bit of spirulina…not complicated at all! (It’s also a lovely mint green color that is absolutely adorable!) Go ahead, whip some up for a midnight snack! If you wake anyone up with the sound of the blender, appease them with ice cream and send them back to bed. #Nobigdeal
Avocado Ice Cream and Granola Parfait
Avocado Ice Cream
- 1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and skinned
- 1/3 c frozen pineapple
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 tsp spirulina
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor till smooth. You may add a little liquid if it needs help moving (water, coconut water, non-dairy milk). Consistency will be like frozen yogurt soft serve! YUM
Gluten Free Multi-Grain Granola
Yield: approx. 3 cups
- 2 c rolled oats
- 1/4 c millet
- 1/4 c quinoa
- 1/2 c shredded coconut
- 1/2 c trail mix (any mixture of nuts, seeds, fruit, etc.)
- 3 Tb hemp seeds
- 3 Tb flax seed (I used flax meal)
- 1/4 c melted coconut oil
- 1/3 c orange juice
- 6 pitted dates
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all wet ingredients and spices in a bowl and microwave to melt the coconut oil. Pour the mixture into a blender/food processor and blend until it forms a thick paste.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine all other ingredients with a large spoon. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and combine. Spread granola on a baking sheet and bake for about 17 minutes, tossing everything about half way through baking time to ensure even cooking. Let cool and munch! =)
Happy parfait making!! ^_^