When I came back from the gym and peered into the fridge, I saw bread. I wanted something fruity and fun. On raiding the freezer I found the final stash of last year’s raspberries.

A crunchy oaty topping would go well with this. What are those fancy layered thingies in clear bowls called?

Sundaes? I googled ‘granola sundae’ and found this. Not what I was looking for.

Try again. Those layered thingies are called … ‘trifles’ ???

So I googled ‘granola trifle‘ and found THIS. Awesome. Now I needed to make the granola, but really, not a sweet version. J and I don’t like sweet things for breakfast.

I substituted the maple syrup with pomegranate molasses which is tart-sweet. It turned out just the way we like it.

Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice cooked down to a syrup. It is also labelled ‘pomegranate syrup‘ or ‘pomegranate paste’ sometimes, and can be found at your local Arab or Persian store.


1.5 cups whole grain oats
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
**or maple syrup or honey
a pinch of salt
a pinch of cayenne powder
3/4 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds
** we used slivered almonds, cashews and walnuts
1/4 cup dry dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
a few drops of vanilla extract

Mix them up, spread on a baking sheet and bake for around 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Take it out when the coconut begins to get brown. From then on, it can burn very quickly. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool.

Add 1/2 cup chopped dried fruits. I wanted to add cranberries and dried figs, but didn’t have any, so used dark raisins.

For the trifle, layer yogurt, then raspberries (or fruit of choice), and top with granola.

Savoury Granola Trifle with Raspberries is our entry for A Fruit A Month: Raspberry, hosted by dear Dee @ Ammalu’s Kitchen.


You know you’re on a peanut butter binge when your clothes start getting tighter.

Who cares? I love the stuff.

So when I saw peanut punch on Cynthia’s blog, I asked her for the recipe.

Tastes Like Home is the featured blog at Zlamushka’s Tried and Tasted event this month, and though we’ve messed around with her recipe, we’re sending it in. Cynthia you’ll like this version too, I promise.

Cynthia’s e-mail said peanut butter, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and Bailey’s Irish Cream (optional).

I read it thrice. No chocolate? Never mind. Oversights happen, and I fixed it.

I replaced the cinnamon with ginger. We didn’t have Bailey’s, so I used coffee liqueur (Tia Maria).

This is gooooood stuff. And the booze is absolutely NOT optional.


Serves 2

Blend together
1 cup cold milk
2/3 cup smooth organic peanut butter
1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
**or 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
a pinch each of nutmeg, dry ginger
2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream or coffee liqueur (like Tia Maria)
a few drops of almond (or vanilla) extract

When smooth, add
another cup cold milk

Add chocolate shavings and serve.

Yummy. By the time I made these and took pics, it was lunchtime.

Jai, hon, if you’re reading this, hope you like it, ‘cos this is what we’re having for dinner too.

Unless you’re taking me out … :)

See ya’ll next week.


Edited on Feb 9, 2009 to add: Entry for Waiter, There’s Something in My Sweet/Savoury Swap.

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  1. Asha says:

    Hiya Bee Kutty, still catching up on Friday! TGIF to ya!:D

    Send Jai over here, will get him some of my red Wine and gougeres! HeHe! Love Peanut punch, let’s give granola to Arvind, he eats those every morning!

    Okey dokey, I am off. Good night, sweet Tia Maria dreams! :)

  2. Ashwini says:

    oooh someone has gotten fancy schmancy cups, glasses and spoons :) Have a good weekend you nutty peanut lover!

    someone hasn’t been paying attention. :D those cups are old.
    so are those spoons.

  3. dee says:

    You will not believe this… I cant believe it either… I just clicked pictures of the yogurt granola parfait and I see it , i was thinking of almond pate and suganya posts it , I have been dreaming of tindora crisps and Indira posts it.. May be I am clairvoyant :D

  4. dee says:

    Oh I made granola too :)

  5. shilpa says:

    I love the second picture :) . Me too can’t take anything sweet for breakfast :( . I will have to check out pomegranate molasses. Looks interesting.

  6. Trifle is such an old-fashioned Australian thing. It is rarely seen now in the cities but in the country – expect huge (glass) bowls of it. The bowls are always glass because it is amazing to look at. The trifles consist of layers of sponge cake drizzled liberally with sherry, then custard, jelly (not sure of the US term for this) and fruit salad. Whipped cream on the top, and sometimes in the layers as well. It is SO delicious and something that I grew up on.

    Your trifle looks a yummy and healthy start to the day.

  7. Manisha says:

    Milk? You drank milk? [thud] :D

    Gotta try that peanut punch but my intestines say no to lactose and I refuse to spend good money on lactose free white juice. So what to do? Tell no, please. Soy milk? The booze part is what is most exciting. And I have Baileys. Tia Maria and Kahlua. And I so want to imbibe this weekend.

    And could you please develop a chivda using oats? I have tried and failed miserably. I think both I just picked the wrong kind of oats. I want my guilty pleasure to be savory, not deep fried and healthy – kind of like the kaccha chivda. Then I can have it for breakfast without a care in the world.

    yes, darling, chivda with oats will be developed just for you. meanwhile, try this
    try rice milk. you get it easily in stores and it doesn’t have that strange soymilk taste. get the brands without carrageenan.

  8. Nabeela says:

    I’m gonna try it without the booze and see ;)

  9. Uma says:

    lovely entries. great presentation as usual.

  10. Divya says:

    the peanut punch sounds too tempting..will try it soon

  11. Cham says:

    I love the savory granola, we re at the salty side 2 :) peanut punch , may be without booze 4 my kid!

  12. shibani says:

    wow this looks enticing, Love to try this peanut butter punch with dash of Baileys sounds interesting!!!!!

  13. Pelicano says:

    Ha ha…”…Jai, hon, if you’re reading this…” Too funny, and you say I’m the nut?! :-) Must be an oversight. ;-)

  14. Pelicano says:

    P.S. Yeah…I was reading about carageenan gum the other day too; something to avoid.

  15. Manisha says:

    Nah. Want one with oats. So that I have have my granola and eat it too. Or whatever.

    Psst, Pel, you can always pass on the Nuttiest Meme. They are into memes lately. And now I am scooting before I am pelted with milk solids and names of unpronounceable unproteins and uncarbs.

  16. Hetal says:

    both the savoury granola and the peanut butter punch look delicious,Would love to see u on my blog

  17. Arundathi says:

    I read, I made and I drank…hic!…a bit too much! All hail Bailey’s – the decadent drink of the Gods. Thanks!

  18. Mansi says:

    boy, those look amazing, but I’ll gladly take the peanut punch over the granola:)

  19. Meeta says:

    This looks wonderful and really the kind of breakfast I like. That peanut punch sounds good enough to drown in!

  20. sra says:

    I was just thinking – so much prep for breakfast, how did she do it and eat on time … till I came to end of the post and read ” … it was lunchtime” :)

  21. Johanna says:

    that’s my sort of trifle – what a great way to start a morning – as for the punch – jury is still out – am curious to try it some time when I get the stomach for it!

  22. sunita says:

    The trifle looks beautiful…interesting punch :-)

  23. Aparna says:

    Didn’t know granola could be savoury. Great idea. And this was one thing on Cynthia’s blog I promised her I would try!
    Am still catching up with all things “bloggy” and just saw this post. Guess what, I made some granola too but the sweet (not so) kind!!

  24. Jeanne says:

    Oh WOW! All I can say is can I please please comt to brunch?? Stunning!

  25. Rashmi says:

    so cool..namak, mirch daal ke tum ne to granola ko ekdum mast bana diya ! hate sweet brekkies too

  26. Priya says:

    Bee, ur funny!

  27. Siri says:

    Interesting punch I must say and savoury granola.. hmmm gotta try this…


  28. Cynthia says:

    This is naughty but very nice and though I am not a chocolate lover, I will definitely give this a try but it makes so much sense.

  29. Suganya says:

    Parfait is so filling and comforting. I had this once for bfast, while on vacation. The man behind the counter asked thrice whether we wanted it. It was the no-flavour (plain,as we call it) yogurt that made him give us *that look. Geez, why does everything have to be flavoured?

  30. Nirmala says:

    mm? Savory Granola? A must try then. I once made Meeta’s homemade granola’s and it tasted good. But I had to much on the bars for whole two weeks and none of the family members liked it. I shall give a try to this too. And again with all my substitutes ;)

  31. Laavanya says:

    That’s a nice brunch to come home to after working out… :)

  32. Asha says:

    Oops! I was in such a hurry this morning, I just typed it as 2 tsp=1 tbsp but wrote the recipe correctly to divide into 3 tsps to use at different stages! :P
    Thanks Bee Kutty, edited it.

  33. EWS says:

    Granola made with pomegranate molasses…WOW. I could drink that stuff straight, I bet it is amazing with granola.

  34. Zlamushka says:

    Jai and Bee, you guys are so funny. You cook just like me :-) “Here is a recipe I want to try, but I dotn have this and this, so will use this and that instead, i dotn like this, so i just skip it and make it savory instead of sweet…. :-) lol what was it you were making ?
    oh, thanks for the entry, lovely couple :-)

  35. manju says:

    Love your use of pomegranate molasses to add tang. I’ve never been interested in making granola at home, but this we really must try!

  36. sunshinemom says:

    The peanut punch is totally new to me! Will try it soon. I loved the spoon..very nice:)

  37. Joe says:

    As always, great post, great work. I just did a summer fruit with cream parfait with simple syrup. If you have the time come by and take a look. I made a quick cream with whipping cream, sour cream and honey.


    Thanks so much and thanks for the great ideas all the time!


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