Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tropical Vanilla Granola

Granola has been a real treat around our house lately.  I found a new recipe that used oil, instead of butter, (always a plus in our country, butter is available but it's somewhat expensive and a 30 minute bike ride away!) and tweaked it to fit a few ingredients I had in the cupboard.  Lately we've been enjoying this granola sprinkled over plain yogurt, with a few strawberries or mango slices added just for extra yummyness.  The finished texture is delightfully crunchy.  Here's how to make it:

In a saucepan, combine:
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cook over medium heat until well combined.

In a large bowl, combine:
6 cups quick-cooking oats (regular will work fine, too)
1 cup almonds, slivered or roughly chopped  (I've used walnuts, too)
1 cup diced mixed dried fruit--pineapple and mango are our current favorites, gives that "tropical" feel!
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Pour liquid mixture over the dry mixture, stirring until thoroughly coated.  Spread granola on 2 cookie sheets in an even layer.  Bake at 275 F for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.

Cool and store in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

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