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Island Granola

I’m not a huge cereal eater but granola is one of those cereals that is so versatile it’s impossible not to love it! I sometimes enjoy it with almond milk, or with coconut yogurt and some sliced fresh fruit, it can even be a great crunchy topping on smoothie bowls. I’m a lover of tropical flavours so my fave granola to make is this pineapple and mango one! It also has the cool taste of the coconut to balance out the lively tropical fruit. And the crunchy pecans, hemp seeds and baked oats are perfect alongside the soft dried fruit. This recipe is to make a biiiiig batch, so you may want to halve or even quarter the quantities if you’re not looking to feed your entire neighbourhood! The reason I tend to make it in such large batches is because I often take some round to various family and friends. It’s a cute gift to pop some in a jar and take some round to a friend along with some homemade almond milk. Plus, granola this good NEEDS to be shared!

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Pineapple and Mango Island Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Oats
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Cup Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Date syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla essence
  • 200g Dried Pineapple & Mango

Method

  1. Roughly chop the pecans, you can do this manually or use a food processor or blender
  2. Combine the chopped pecans with the Oats, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and coconut sugar in a large bowl
  3. Melt the coconut oil and mix it with the vanilla essence and the date syrup
  4. Pour the date syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and using your hands (or a large spoon if you're a princess) combine until all the dry ingredients are coated evenly
  5. Spread the combined mixture onto a large baking tray, make sure not to pile it up, lay it as flat as possible across the tray (you will probably need to use two baking trays)
  6. Place into a preheated oven at 150c for 12-15minutes, turning (shuffling and re-spreading) halfway through
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before enjoying. Store in an airtight container.
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