I am a little granola mad at the moment. I think it’s because I never make it in mass quantities. That’s mainly because a. Michael does not eat it, he is a good Scot and enjoys porridge and b. I like to mix it up and not be stuck eating the same flavour for weeks on end and lets face it the homemade stuff doesn’t have the shelf life of store bought products. Who want’s to eat stale products? It’s the same with this homemade tropical granola, not enough to grow board of but an easy recipe to double or triple if you have a family mad on granola.
Instead of buying expensive bags of 5 different dried fruits for this I bought one big bag of mixed tropical fruit that included coconut shavings, banana, and papaya amongst other fruits. The only thing for me it was missing was mango and I did buy a bag of dried mango. Apart from tasting great it adds a wonderful pop of colour to the whole bowl 😀
I am a real fan of raisins as well. They are tasty and they count towards your fruit and veg intake for the day and I also added a handful of dried cranberries, while not technically tropical they are so colourful and add a real contrast in colour for this granola.
Quinoa – again!!!
I have made no secret of my love for quinoa, hey I am a vegetarian and when we find a grain we love we add it to everything!!! 😀 I mentioned in my peanut butter granola post all about it’s health benefits so I won’t bore you again.
I used red quinoa for this recipe because of its colour but there is no difference between the red, white or even black so if you have a different colour use that it will taste exactly the same. But the red is pretty 😉
Apart from it’s health benefits I really like using coconut oil in this granola, it helps boost the mild coconut flavour and adds to the over all tropical feel of this granola.
This granola makes a great fruity tropical sunny start to the day, so what are you waiting for grab a bowl and tuck in 😀
Homemade Tropical Granola
- 55 grams red quinoa ((1/4 cup))
- 100 grams rolled oats ((1 cup))
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquid form)
- 2 tablespoons clear runny honey
- 140 grams mixed dried tropical fruit ((1 cup))
- 55 grams dried mango ((1/2 cup))
- 80 grams raisins ((1/2 cup))
- A handful dried cranberries for colour
- Preheat your oven to 170C / 325F / Gas mark 3 and get a medium to large baking sheet ready. If it's non stick you are good to go but if it is not then very lightly give it a spray of oil to very thinly cover it.
- Wash your quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for a few minutes under running water.
- Place your rolled oats in a large bowl and add in your drained quinoa. Melt your coconut oil and add in and mix to cover the oats and quinoa.
- Stir in the honey and again mix till everything is well coated.
- Make into small clumps and place them on your baking sheet and pop it in your oven.
- After 15 minutes give your granola a stir then pop it back in the oven.
- After another 15 minutes check on your granola, you are looking for it to have turned a light golden colour and to feel dried out. If you feel it still feels a little wet give it another couple of minutes, but keep checking on it as it dries out quickly.
- Leave it to cool on the baking sheet, as it cools it will crisp up. Once cool add in your dried fruits and chuck a handful of dried cranberries in for colour if you like then enjoy.
- Kept in an airtight tin this granola will keep for 7 to 10 days.