Even in the warm days of spring sometimes I want to run away to a tropical Island. I want to lie on the beach in the strong sun rays, drinking a cold beer while reading a good book. When this gets to be too much, I’d leave my lounge chair and plunge into the aqua ocean allowing the salty water to heal my sun-drenched skin and sting my eyes.
It’s not that I don’t like Canadian spring. It’s nice to see the flowers pop up and the rain wash away the grunge left behind from the months of cold and snow. My problem with spring is that it isn’t summer. Summertime is my favorite. There is no such thing as too hot or too sunny and bright for me. I love the feeling of the sun on my skin; for some reason it melts away the tension of everyday city life.
This granola isn’t a hot, sunny beach but it can help you get in a tropical mindset. 6 AM is a difficult time for most of us (unless you are really a morning person) so let this granola direct your daydreams to an island where it’s always sunny and the only work you have to do is reapplying sunscreen. This is a super easy recipe that cooks up in no time. Just keep an eye on it during baking so that it doesn’t burn.
Makes roughly 6 Cups
$5.98 per recipe or $0.50 per ½ cup serving
4 Cups Rolled Oats
½ Cup Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Banana Chips
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Ground Ginger
½ Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
⅓ Cup Dried Pineapple
⅓ Cup Dried Papaya
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Line a couple baking trays with parchment paper
Mix together the oats, salt and spices
In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients
Pour liquid mixture over your oats and mix well
Spread in a thin, even layer on the prepared baking sheets
Bake for 10 Minutes
Take out of the oven, stir
Add in your sunflower seeds and coconut
Bake for another 10-12 minutes
Remove from oven, your granola should be golden brown. If not, return to oven for a couple minutes
Let cool completely
Add in your banana chip and dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.