Although you wouldn’t know it by the breezy Bay Area weather, July is here! Which can only mean one thing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I’m seriously screaming for ice cream. As a kid, I had super human hearing when it came to the ice cream truck melody. Growing up in the country means that the ice cream man rarely treks out to your neighborhood, so when he does, you better not miss it. Empty out the piggy bank for spare change and run barefoot down the street chasing him!
As I got older and entered 7th grade, the ice cream man got wiser and parked his truck across the street from school. As a devout ice cream and popsicle lover, I developed a special bond with the ice cream man. Each day when the bell rang, my pals and I would casually stroll up to the old white truck with colorful weathered stickers of assorted frozen treats pasted across the side. We’d make small talk and then, revealing our true intentions, sweetly ask for any broken popsicles. You see, it was a little-known but crucial secret that the less-than-perfect ice cream cones were FREE. Maybe it was the fact that the old man serving it up shared my birthday and I always remembered to bring him a balloon to hang on his side mirror for the occasion. Either way, that’s the story of how I ate ice cream and popsicles everyday of my junior high school years without a penny to my name. Even today, I have a weakness for a bowl of after-dinner ice cream dessert. I’ve got so much love for the frozen treat that I’ll happily scarf down two scoops even though it means I will most definitely have a stomach ache for the next hour. Worth it.
Besides ice cream weather, you know what else July brings in abundance? Stone fruit! In the spring, I thought citrus season was my favorite, but the overflowing bins of juicy plums, nectarines, peaches, and cherries have changed my mind (I will likely do this several times as the seasons shift and bring new ripe produce). The sweet nectar from a perfectly tender peach drips down your shirt as you take a bite, but you don’t even care because it tastes like sunshine! Throw some chopped up bits of stone fruit over a scoop of ice cream and you’ve captured summer love in one tasty bowl. This warm caramel, nectarine, and granola sundae goes above and beyond that summer love story, adding layers of texture and temperature that’ll make you dance. Warm homemade caramel drizzle, sweet sautéed nectarines, and crunchy granola over frosty vanilla ice cream make this a summertime sundae you can’t pass up. A fruit parfait taken to a whole new level. Recipe below after the giveaway.
Lifestyle Granolas Giveaway!
So you can make your very own sweet granola sundae, my friend Chris from Lifestyle Granolas is generously giving one lucky Snixy Kitchen reader a case of granola (that’s SIX bags – you know how many sundaes that will make?!).
Their line of all-natural granola comes in a variety of unique flavors from Apple Trail to Peanut Butter Crunch. I’ve tried the three varieties shown below, and, of them, my personal favorite is Ginger Snap that I gobbled up with a bowl of milk in just a couple of days. Unlike most granolas you can pick up at the supermarket, Lifestyle’s handmade gourmet granola is slow roasted, which gives it a rich color and crunchier texture. Plus, it’s packed with more fruit and nuts than other granolas so you get more of the good stuff. Without any fillers or preservatives, each bite makes you feel healthy and ready for a big hike.*
Want to win a case of six flavorful all-natural gourmet granolas? Here’s how to enter:
- Required: Check out the range of granola options over at Lifestyle Granolas and leave me a comment below telling me which flavor(s) you’d most like to try!
- Bonus: Earn up to three bonus entires! Just be sure to come back here and leave separate comments to tell me about each bonus you completed! (If you already like Snixy Kitchen on Facebook or already subscribe via e-mail, just leave a comment letting me know!)
Entries for this giveaway have closed. Congrats to Heather from Kiss My Broccoli for being randomly selected to win the case of Lifestyle Granolas! If you didn’t win, keep in mind that Lifestyle Granolas offers free shipping on all cases of six or more granolas! And, if you’re in California, Lifestyle Granolas will be on the shelves of Ralphs and Andronico’s supermarkets mid August, so keep your eye out!
*Besides some samples from Lifestyle Granolas, I received no compensation for this review. The opinions of this product are entirely my own.
Warm caramel, nectarine, and granola sundaes
- 1 cup homemade caramel sauce (recipe below)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 nectarines, chopped (I prefer to make this with the crunchier nectarines; the really soft ones tend to fall apart as you cook them, but still taste delicious nonetheless)
- 1 cup of your favorite granola (I recommend the Original or Ginger Snap flavors from Lifestyle Granolas)
- Vanilla ice cream
- Prepare the caramel sauce according to the recipe below.
- In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Continue cooking for a minute or two (just be sure not to burn it!).
- Add the chopped nectarines and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.
- Add the caramel sauce and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- Divide the caramel and nectarines among four bowls of vanilla ice cream.
- Sprinkle the granola on top. Enjoy while basking the summer sunlight!
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan and stir until combined.
- Heat over medium-high heat. As sugar starts to melt, stir to make sure sugar distributes evenly. Stop stirring and continue cooking.
- Watch CAREFULLY. As soon as the mixture begins to turn color, it will change very quickly. Just as the caramel reaches a dark amber color, remove from heat and pour in cream and vanilla all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon to combine (Stand back as it will react and sizzle quite a bit). This stage is key, if the caramel gets too dark before you remove it from the heat, it’ll taste burned and bitter.
- When the sizzling calms down, return to medium low heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
- Pour into a bowl and let rest while you prepare the nectarines.