This granola is designed to transport us to somewhere sunny and warm. It’s designed to remind us that those places exist, even. It’s designed to provide health and sustenance and just enough hope to get us through this excruciating winter.
Studded with tropical standbys like coconut, macadamia nuts, and dried bananas, it’s a teeny tiny ray of sunshine, which ironically, I have plenty of today. The sunny days are the coldest days. That’s the way this winter works. I read this morning that some poor people were stranded in their cars on Atlanta’s icy roads for over 24 hours. This granola can’t melt the ice, but it would be handy to have in your car should you find yourself stuck.
I’m totally putting together a car-stuck-survival-kit this week. This tropical island granola is going in.
It’s also fairly easy to make this granola. Make a big batch and keep it for a particularly cold, icy day and imagine you’re on a beach somewhere.
Make this granola this week, give it to friends, share the sunshine.
Here’s the recipe.
Tropical Island Granola
- 8 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I like the really fat ones if you can find them!)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup honey
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup dried bananas, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add oats, coconut flakes, pecans, macadamia nuts, a pinch of salt, and cinnamon. Stir that together and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine olive oil, maple syrup, and honey and heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Once combined, pour the maple syrup mixture over the oats mixture and stir to combine. Spread the oats mixture evenly between the two baking sheets and bake for 30-45 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown.
- Let cool completely and then add dried bananas, dried cherries, and dried raisins. Stir to combine. Store in an air-tight container. Granola will last for a couple of weeks.