April 04, 2011

Tropical Mango Coconut Granola




Ingredients:
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
5 oz dried mango, chopped
2/3 cup "fancy grade" coconut flakes*
2/3 cup black walnuts
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
thinly sliced peel of about 1/2 an orange**
salt



Directions:
Preheat oven to 300. Line a jelly roll pan or baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together the agave nectar and butter in a small bowl. Drizzle over the dry ingredients. Stir to coat. Arrange in a thin layer on the pan. Bake 25-35 minutes or until lightly golden, stirring every 10 or so minutes. Cool completely. Store in an air-tight container.


*Not sweetened flaked coconut or dried/desiccated coconut, the kind that looks like large flakes of coconut.

**No pith, I used leftovers from this that I had frozen but fresh would work too. It was about 1/4 cup worth.




My thoughts:
Thanks to a bunch of really great sales lately, I found myself with a surfeit of very thick Icelandic and Mediterranean style yogurts. While they are lovely on their own, I wanted to make something fun to stir in. I am not the biggest granola fan becuase it often seems so heavy, so I created a lighter version that had all of my favorite flavors in it. The mango, ginger and coconut despite being dried or candied lend a really fresh flavor to the granola and toast up really, really well. I can't get enough!

6 comments:

  1. Yum, I just bought some dried mango at Trader Joe's and wasn't sure what I would do with it - now it know! This looks wonderful!

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  2. That sounds killer! As part of my April grocery-bill-cutting project, I need to get back in the habit of making my own granola instead of buying the pricey ones at Earth Fare. This one sounds like something my boys would love. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. Mmmm,this sounds so yummy!
    I love granola and I love anything with ginger in it:)
    Just found your blog and am enjoying all the delish recipes.

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  4. Sounds delicious. I have had making granola on my list of things to try for the longest time and still haven't done it, sigh.

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  5. I've always shied away from granola recipes because they seemed so time consuming, but this one looks delicious, inexpensive (compared to store bought granola) and easy. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. I've got to try this just for the agave nectar. Looks fantastic!

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