Friday, May 11, 2012

tropical hawaiian granola

All of this delicious Spring weather has put me in the mood for a vacation! Luckily, I have family in Oahu who always bring us bags full of delicious, macadamia nuts and dried tropical fruits when they visit. One of my favorite things to do with these nuts (besides eating them plain) is throwing them into this luxurious granola recipe. I absolutely love fresh granola. Making homemade granola is a lot healthier and a lot tastier than any store-bought variety because it can be made without all of the scary preservatives used even high-quality store bought granola, not to mention its a whole lot cheaper! This granola is nutty, hearty, sweet, and tangy -- filled to the brim with the flavors and nutritional benefits of tropical fruits and nuts. This recipe could not be easier and the results could not be more satisfying. I love to eat it with my favorite Greek yogurt, some cold milk, or even just straight from the jar.
With love, Erica

   Erica 's Tropical Hawaiian Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup multigrain square cereal (like Chex) -- nicely crushed up!
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup veggie or olive oil (or 1/3 cup applesauce -- sometimes I like to use other fruit preserves)
  • 1/3 cup good honey
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup dried banana chips, dried mangoes, dried pineapple (or any other dried fruits you like!)

Heat oven to 350ยบ.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, cereal, nuts, flax seeds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Whisk the oil, honey, and juice in measuring cup.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated.  Spread onto a large sheet pan.  Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even golden brown, around 30-40 minutes, depending on oven.
Remove granola from the oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally.  Add dried fruit.  Store cooled granola in an airtight container.

2 comments:

  1. That looks and a reads very yummily! lol

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    1. Thank you! This granola is a favorite in my family!

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