TROPICAL GRANOLA

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Sprinkled over yogurt?  Yum!

     You all know that I love granola.  I eat it every day on my yogurt.  Sometimes I just grab a handful and stuff it into my mouth cause it’s so good.  I always, always load it up with cinnamon, but I wanted to try something different.  Tropical fruit!  Lately I’ve been eating a lot of dates, banana chips, and dried pineapple.  Why not combine it in my granola!  Yes!  Just like my other granola recipe, this one is chock full of delicious and healthy ingredients.  Eat it by the handful, sprinkle on cooked oatmeal, cream of wheat, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. 

     Keep a container in your desk for a quick snack at work!  Take it on hikes or camping.  Stick some in your car and you can sell it during traffic jams.  (J/K, but people would pay!)  Anytime you have a snack attack, this granola is perfect.  Having a party?  Set some out in small bowls.  I guarantee people will love it!  Just wait until you smell it baking.  It’s heavenly.

 

INGREDIENTS:   YIELDS 2 LARGE COOKIE SHEETS

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup Coconut Oil

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup honey

¾ tsp raspberry extract

¾ tsp orange extract

¾ tsp almond extract cups quick oats

1 cup nuts, chopped or halved (see suggestions below)

¼ cup ground flax seed

¼ Wheat germ

1 cup Shredded coconut

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup Coconut Oil

½ cup brown sugar

Your choice of Nuts:  Cashews, Macadamia nuts, Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans

YOUR CHOICE OF ADDITIONS AFTER BAKING:  Dried cranberries, Dried blueberries, Dates, Dried Apricots, Candied Ginger, Tropical Trail Mix, Sunflower seeds, Dehydrated pineapple, Dried Strawberries, Kiwi, etc.

PREPARATION:

    Preheat oven to 275°F

In microwavable bowl, blend together olive oil, brown sugar, oil, honey, coconut oil, and extracts.  Heat 30-40 seconds and stir to combine.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, almonds, flax seed, wheat germ, and coconut.

Pour melted olive oil/brown sugar mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir well.  Spread on large ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Stir, return to oven for another 15 minutes.

Cool, and then add your dried fruit.  (The fruit does not need to be baked).  Place in an airtight container.  May be frozen.

Makes a great gift in a pretty jar!

NOTE:  Granola is one of those perfect things to customize.  Change out the nuts, add additional dried fruit, switch out your extracts.  Since I was making a Tropical flavor, I wanted orange and almond.  I snuck the raspberry in just cause.  Have fun with it.

You can use long cooking oats, just process them quickly in your food processor so they’ll cook in the short amount of cooking time this granola takes to complete.

 

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2017

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