This pina colada style granola is crunchy and crisp. Perfect for eating out of hand, sprinkled on yogurt or ice cream, or topped with milk. I often leave it on the counter for Manservant who grabs it by the handful. I can't claim that it is calorie free, but it sure is a good pick me up.
Since I posted my crack granola, I've kind of been on a granola whirl. I made it for a friend's daughter who's been battling cancer, and she loved it. Craves it actually. So much so that I've had numerous requests for more. (I promise. More is coming!) I think it is the combination of salty and sweet that makes it so incredibly addicting. I'm so happy when I can make someone happy. Yes, another batch will soon be prepared for her, but with my crazy schedule I haven't gotten her any since before Passover.
In the meantime, I came up with a different version that I also like a lot. Let's be honest here though! The crack granola is hands down my favorite. But if your taste buds should feel like a refreshing change then here is another one with coconut oil, that claims to cure everything. Have you seen those ads popping up like crazy? I wish it was so easy to cure everything, then I'd be a millionare!
And here's two other versions of crack granola made by friends of mine. Liz made this awesome pistachio coconut granola that sounds awesome. And Ansh at Spice Roots made a version with goji berries, blueberries and multi grains, but I don't think she posted a recipe. Great combo though and do you believe I've never had goji berries?
Aren't goji berries supposed to cure everything, too?
So today I'm getting right to it. I've got a busy weekend and Manservant has returned. It's only been three weeks; I don't know what's been keeping him. First stop is the pet store to pick up a few things like a new dog bed. Maybe some special treats and some puppy food. Yes, we are getting a new addition to the family. I'm busily searching names and would love suggestions. But you'll have to tune in next week for pics! Nothing like a little teaser, eh?
In the meantime, go make some granola!
Crunchy Coconut Oil Granola with Pineapple and Cashews (but macadamias would be good, too!)
Makes about 5-6 cups
Time to Make: About 15 minutes and 45 to bake
2 3/4 c oats
1 c cashews
1/3 c sliced almonds
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c honey
2 t salt
3/4 c chopped dried pineapple
1/4 c golden raisins
1/4 c coconut chips (I get mine from Trader Joe's)
Preheat oven to 300. I use my broiler pan lined with a silpat pad or parchment paper and find that this is the perfect sized pan for this amount.
Place oats, cashews or macs and almonds on pan. Mix so everything is evenly distributed.
In a 4 cup measuring cup or a medium sized bowl, combine coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and salt. Mix this up and place in microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir and then place in microwave on power 7 for 1 minute. All microwaves are different. If you want to do this on the stove you can. All you are trying to do is dissolve the sugar and liquify the coconut oil. Do not burn this. Whisk again well, to make sure everything is combined. Pour over oat mixture and mix this until everything is well coated. I use a spatula and press it down firmly in one layer in the pan. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Now using a flipper type spatula, turn the granola over in large pieces. Press down gently so as not to break up your clumps, and place in oven for another 20 minutes. Watch toward the end, because you don't want to burn your granola!
Take granola out of oven and sprinkle with pineapple, coconut and raisins. Granola will crisp as it cools. After it cools, it can be broken into large pieces. I use a large zip lock bag and break it into small pieces and some large shards. Perfect for eating right out of the bag!
A few more to try:
Everything but the Bagel Scrambled Eggs
Candied Pepper Bacon
Hashbrown Spud Cups