Make a custom granola chocolate parfait with this dessert!
Do you remember when Jeopardy had a special event that pitted their all time champions against Watson? Watson was a supercomputer developed to answer questions and revolutionize the way that industries would see the future? Soon we were hearing about Watson in medicine, weather , marketing analysis and even customer phone support. Watson has been making a big difference in areas where there is lots of data to be crunched and questions to be answered, but a chef?
Bear Naked Granola decided to put a chef’s hat on Watson to make special custom blends of granola for each customer. When they contacted us to give Bear Naked Custom Granola a try, we put Watson to the test! We got to create a custom blend of granola to use in the Double Chocolate Kahlua Parfait!
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We went to Bear Naked Custom. It’s a special website that the folks at Bear Naked Granola setup to allow customers to choose from over 50 ingredients for their granola. They can make their own blend of granola with the assistance of Chef Watson. Customers choose one of three different base granola, Cacao and Cashew, Chocolate or Honey to start. Then Watson guides you through the process of choosing a blend that will fit your tastes while still being delicious. It does this by helping you choose from a number of Non-GMO ingredients to create your perfect blend of granola.
What flavors Did We Choose?
We created a special blend, “Beary Neat” which is chocolate granola, praline pecans, Red Sea salt and bourbon flavoring. Then our “Beary Neat” granola was packaged in a custom canister with “Earnest the Hipster Bear” and shipped out to us. Our blend really fit our tastes (mmm chocolate and bourbon!) and the combination of flavors was quite tasty.
We also thought it might be perfect for using in a dessert we could feature here on the blog, the Double Chocolate Kahlua Parfait!
What did We Do With Our Granola?
The Double Chocolate Kahlua Parfait starts out with a rich homemade dark chocolate pudding that is spiked with Kahlua. Then we used our Beary Neat granola to add a crunchy texture to each bite. The pudding uses semi-sweet chocolate chips and cocoa to make a chocolate flavor that is deep and robust, while being richly creamy.
Any time we can combine our love of spirits with our love of sweets, we jump at the chance, so adding a dram of Kahlua added a hint of coffee flavor. This really complimented the rich chocolate flavor and a nice hint of boozy flavor.
To make our Double Chocolate Kahlua Parfait, we started by layering the pudding and granola in alternating layers until a glass or dish was full. The alternating layers create a nice contrast between crunchy and smooth, the dark chocolate and sweet salty crunch of the granola too! A bit of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of the Bear Naked Custom Granola topped the parfait.
The bourbon flavor in the granola nicely paired up with the Kahlua and chocolate and makes this dessert a deliciously decadent adult dessert!
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup Mocha Kahlua
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt. While mixing, gradually add milk. Whisk until all is incorporated.
Continue whisking until pudding thickens and it comes to a low boil, about 10-12 minutes.
Add liqueur, chocolate chips and vanilla. Continue whisking for one minute and the mixture is smooth.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Place in a covered bowl and place in fridge for at least one hour.
When ready to serve, layer pudding and granola. Top with more chocolate chips and whipped cream of desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 222mg Carbohydrates: 77g Fiber: 6.2g Sugar: 54g Protein: 12.1g
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