By little blue hen via Flickr

My hubby and I are addicted to the Food Network. We love Alton Brown’s wacky show and decided to try his granola recipe after watching an entire show devoted to the cereal.  Granola is something I’ve loved since childhood, but I’d never made it from scratch.

This recipe was adapted from Alton Brown’s granola formula. If tropical flavors are not your thing or if you want to mix it up, you can substitute any of the dried fruit in the recipe for your favorite (raisins, blueberries, apricots, cranberries, apples, etc.). You can also add a variety of seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower. When buying ingredients, make sure your dried fruit does not contain added sugar or the harmful preservative, sulfur dioxide.

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Tropical Granola

adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe

5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup raw almonds, slivered
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup
Dried fruit, chopped – pineapple, mango, papaya, banana chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine sugar, almonds, coconut, cashews, salt and oats in a bowl. Toss and combine very well. Add oil and syrup to dry ingredients and mix well. Pour granola onto a large rimmed sheet pan in single layer. Place in heated oven. Set timer for 15 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until well browned and toasted. Cool for 30 minutes and then add dried fruit. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy with milk, yogurt, coconut ice cream, or right out of the jar!

Sources: Food Network: Alton Brown, Be Food Smart: Sulfur Dioxide Ingredient Report, Be Food Smart: Sugar Ingredient Report

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