How about a nice bowl of some tropical granola? Yes, please! We found a recipe for this granola in Delicious Living, a monthly publication that we grab at the Sacramento Foods Co-op for inspiration and nutritional information.
Making granola is fun, plus it makes the house smell like cinnamon, vanilla, and toasty delicious things! The recipe straight out of the magazine is as follows, with my little adjustments in parenthesis:
- 3 cups rolled outs
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 2/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (I used canola oil)
- 6 tablespoons honey (I used agave syrup)
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (I used 1/4 teaspoon because I’m a sea salt FIEND)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely chopped dried mango
- 2/3 cup dried pineapple
Preheat your favorite oven to three hundred degrees fahrenheit.
Mix together the oats, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds, and coconut.
Pour the oil, agave, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla, and mix very well.
Spread onto a big pan (I used a 12×17 inch one, which seemed to work out pretty well) and bake for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent any unwanted burning. Burning is only fun if it’s wanted.
When you can smell delicious goodness coming from you oven, and the granola looks toasty and pretty, take it out and let it cool for a while.
Once it is cooled, you can transfer to your favorite granola bowl or container and mix in the dried mango and pineapple for some tropical fun!
Now you can have granola for snack time, breakfast time, or anytime!
So, how’s about some fun nutritional facts?
This granola has the healthy fats that we vegans need to not be skin and bones! Macadamia nuts are full of monounsaturated fats, which help lower the evil cholesterol (LDL). Macadamia nuts are also high in protein, calcium, potassium, and dietary fiber. Plus, they are magically delicious!
Mangoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, natural sugars, iron, fiber, and calicium.
Oats are high in complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and iron.
This granola has the power to make you go-go, thanks to all of it’s healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein content. Go-Go Granola!