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You guys asked for more breakfast recipes and I’ve really been taking it seriously. Haha. With the Healthy Huevos Rancheros, Cheesy Greens Muffin Tin Frittatas and now, this Tropical Treat Granola. I hope you’re enjoying these morning treats just as much as I have been.  We need something to make getting up on these darker mornings a bit easier right?

I’m getting geared up for my second attempt to make it toHawaii this fall, coming up in a couple of weeks! I had to postpone my trip in September due to a sick household at my sisters. It was heartbreaking at the time because I just miss them so much! But, now that the time is coming close again, I’m kinda happy the first one didn’t work out!

In my day dreaming and trip planning I’ve had been craving those tropical flavors. One thing I eat a lot of when I’m there is smoothie bowls. They just seem to go hand in hand with the warm weather, and what better way to top a smoothie bowl than with a nice toasty, crunchy granola.

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a granola recipe so today I’m sharing a variation of my go to granola with this Tropical Treat Granola.

I’m using my favorite dried fruit from Level Ground Trading, their dried mango and pineapple. Their tropical fruit mix would also be delish in here! You know how often when you buy dried fruit it seems to be coated in sugar, basically making it candy? None of that here. No preservatives or additives, just a one item ingredient list, organic fruit, that’s it. I often carry a bag of these in my purse for when those low blood sugars hit and I need a quick snack to pick me up.

Besides giving you a mini morning vacay to start your day off with some zen, these fruits are packed with nutrition. Mangos are high in Vitamin C (start stocking up to ward off cold and flu season!) and pineapples contain a special enzyme known to aid digestion. The perfect dessert to finish off a meal!

Enjoy this granola with your favorite milk or nut milk, sprinkled on smoothies or as an easily portable snack.

Tropical Treat Granola
Makes approx. 6 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼  cup chia seeds * optional but I like them for a bit of extra fiber and nutrients!
  • ½  cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½  cup coconut pieces, coarsely chopped
  • ½  tsp salt
  • ½ cup Level Ground Trading Dried Mango
  • ½ cup of Level Ground Trading Dried Pineapple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add coconut oil and honey to a small microwave safe dish and microwave for 15-30 seconds (depending on how hard they are) or until melted. Whisk with a fork to combine and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, add chia seeds, pecans, walnuts, coconut, and salt to a medium size mixing bowl and stir to combine ingredients. Pour the coconut oil and honey mixture overtop and mix with a fork to coat ingredients well.
  4. Distribute mixture in a single layer,  between the two baking sheets, so it browns nice and evenly.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring after the first 10 minutes. Add the chopped fruit for the last 5 minutes of baking (if you put it in too soon it will overcook and just become an undesirable crunchy texture). **Baking time will differ depending on how brown you like it. (I like mine golden all over and baked for 17 minutes).
  6. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Store in an airtight jar.

Happy Eating!
xo Lindsay

Notes:

  • This granola isn’t overly sweet. I often add it to yogurt with fruit or smoothies which are naturally sweet from the fruit so I prefer a less sweet granola. If you’d like it sweeter, you can add more honey!
  • For a clumpier granola, mash 1 very ripe banana and mix it with the coconut oil and honey before combining with the dry ingredients. Use your hands to press together to form little clusters. This will also add some extra natural sweetness!
  • If you like spices, you could also add in a dash of cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and/or clove.

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