Even though school has started, I’m not quite ready for summer to end. Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, but in actuality summer goes until September 22. So, to celebrate [and keep the feeling of summer alive as long as possible!], I decided to make some tropical granola. Because nothing is more summery than the tropics! 🙂 And, I have 10 pounds of oats from Costco to use up.
Homemade granola sounds scary, but is actually really easy. I may never buy store-bought granola again. Feel free to mix and match based on your tastes and what’s in your pantry, and the seasons of course. I have some great ideas for wintery granolas…. yum!
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- .81 ounces wheat bran [totally optional–I had a sample and just threw it in!]
- 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 2/3 cup coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + more for sprinkling
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger + more for sprinkling
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/2 cup dried fruit [I used about 3/4 cup chopped mango and 3/4 cup cubed papaya]
- 1 cup mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. [Don’t follow my example with the Creamy Lemon Bars.:)]
In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, wheat bran, sunflower seeds, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. In a 2 cup measuring cup, mash banana and then mix in applesauce, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and spread mixture into the prepared pans.
In a small bowl, whisk egg white until fluffy and frothy. Drizzle egg white over the granola mixture in the pans.
Pop pans in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and flip granola so it cooks evenly on all sides. You may also want to rotate the placement of pans in the oven based on how your oven cooks. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes until your granola is crisp but not burned. I baked mine for 25 minutes and felt that it was too dark [at least the pan on the top rack], so next time I’ll probably take it out sooner.
Place pans on cooling racks to cool. Once granola is cool, mix in dried fruit and nuts and enjoy! I love mine as a topping over greek yogurt. Yum!
What are your favorite ways to enjoy granola?