A toasty homemade coconut granola with peanuts and mango. Delicious with thick Greek yogurt or quark. Easy to make for a delicious breakfast.
I love breakfast and am definitely a breakfast person. I can't even remember the last time I didn't eat breakfast, if indeed it has ever happened. So the funny thing is I don't really ever blog about breakfast. You see, although I love breakfast, I'm happy to just eat a bowl of muesli or a couple of pieces of toast with cream cheese. I love toast with cream cheese!
Anyway, the challenge for this month's Recipe Redux was to go nutty for National Nut day. As I munched my way through my fruity nutty muesli one breakfast, I decided that the time had come to make a change, however small. I resolved to have a go at making my own homemade granola. And that is how my muesli breakfasts have turned into tropical peanut mango and coconut granola breakfasts instead.
How easy is homemade granola?
Until now I never realised just how easy homemade granola is. Why didn't I think to make it before? Mix up a few dry ingredients and then add a little oil and something sweet such as honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. Put it in the oven and that's it. Just stir it half way through. Trust me, the smell as it bakes is amazing!
I'm one of those people who has lots of open packets of nuts and dried fruit in the cupboard. This time I thought about the flavours as I really wanted a coconut granola with nuts. However, I wouldn't be surprised if next time I just go for a big clearout and use any nuts that need to be used up. That will be one tasty granola I'm sure, although it will be unlikely to be blogged about. A special granola. Just for my family!
For now, though I can't encourage you enough to have a go at granola making. I have been enjoying this peanut, mango and coconut granola mixed into natural Greek yoghurt but you could add a little to any breakfast cereal. There won't be quite so much cream cheese on toast around here from now on!
How can you adapt this coconut granola recipe?
I have adapted this granola to make it simpler and to make it more fruity and nutty. I often make a simple version with just the oats, coconut, coconut oil and honey. It's a great plain tasty granola and you can then add any dried fruit or nuts to it afterwards.
If you want to make an easy fruit crumble then this makes a great topping. I often sprinkle it on top of stewed fruit for an easy healthy dessert.
Why do you add the Mango at the end?
If you want to add any dried fruit to a granola it can burn in the oven so it is best to stir it in after the granola has cooked.
How long can you keep this granola?
I find it is usually all gone within a week but if you store it in an airtight container it should be fine for at least 2 months. It'll probably last for 6 months.
Recipe for Peach, Mango and Coconut Granola
Peanut Mango and Coconut Granola
- 300 g rolled oats
- 200 g peanuts
- 50 g dessicated coconut
- 120 g honey
- 40 g coconut oil
- Pinch of salt
- 50 g dried mango pieces
- Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
- Mix together the oats, peanuts and dessicated coconut in a large bowl.
- Heat the honey and coconut oil in the microwave until the oil has melted. Add the salt and then pour over the dry ingredients. Mix in well.
- Divide the mixture between the two baking trays and spread it out.
- Bake in the oven at 150C for 30 minutes. Stir after 15 minutes.
- Stir in the dried mango at the end.