Made with Coconut Oil and lightly sweetened with Honey, the tropical flavors of this Coconut and Mango Granola will have you comfortable with snacking minus the guilt.
Happy 2015 everyone!!
Did you have a great start to the New Year? Do anything exciting at the strike of midnight? Well if you didn’t, don’t feel bad because this gal [me] kept her old tail behind at home baking this granola and I couldn’t be happier in doing so. Oh and please, no pity party for me either. Trust me, I was so happy to finally get some peace and quietness within the home while everyone was out :-)
So now that it’s the new year, have you set yourself any new goal(s)? I sometimes do. Sometimes I follow through and other times I either set too many goals or some that are just so unrealistic to accomplish in a given period of time that I question, “What the hell was I thinking?!”
A year ago, I wrote a post on my 2014 goals. Sadly a month later, I deleted it. I really shouldn’t have because I had no reason to. However, I do remember three New Years resolutions I said I will try to maintain. Sadly (once again) I only followed through with one of the three. They were:
- To self host URBAN BAKES
- Eat at least one fruit a day and
- Add more nutritional information at the end of each blog post
It may be obvious to some which one actually stuck; that was the first one. I had been dying to have this blog self hosted for months prior to the resolutions and by Jan 21st 2014, I succeeded. It was the best decision ever! As for eating a fruit a day, I did try but sometimes I would forget. And lets be honest shall we? Having nutritional info at the bottom of each post would have probably confused the heck out of you as you print that cookie recipe you were about to make OR it could have really turned you off into now not wanting to bake that cake! However, I still want to continue in trying to incorporate facts or benefits of certain foods/ingredients such as what I did here for pomegranates, buttermilk, scones vs. biscuits and fiber.
So with that said, I have several new New Years resolutions I’d like to achieve for 2015. They are actually a MUST achieve type of goals for the betterment of myself and others around me. They are:
- Be in bed by midnight
- Wake up by 7 AM
- ALWAY BE ON TIME
I know this may seem like a cinch and somewhat silly BUT… these will be some of the most difficult goals I will have to accomplish. Believe it! I have the hardest time sleeping before 3 AM and as a result I sometimes feel I cannot be spoken to prior to 10 AM and forget coffee, it’s not my cup of tea, sort to speak. So, I devised a plan. This week I’ll be in bed by 2 AM, next week by 1 and so forth. Doing this will help me get up by 7, right? I sure hope so! Today will be day one. As for my last goal, I’ve gotten into much trouble with being late. A terrible habit I must break. This year, I will make it a priority to eliminate it completely.
- 1/3 cup pure honey
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
- ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup dried mango, chopped
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a medium size baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk honey, brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Fold in oats, macadamia nuts, coconut and dried mango until well coated.
- Transfer oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and press firmly to about 1/3 inch in thickness while closing any gaps in the mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is lightly browned and dried when touched. Increase bake time to 2 minute increments if granola remains tacky. CAUTION: granola will be very HOT and can quickly burn once it's ready. Do not bake for more than a total of 40 minutes. Use gloves when determining readiness.
- Allow granola to cool in the baking sheet for 10 minutes placed over a wire rack. While firmly grabbing onto the parchment paper or silicone mat, carefully remove the baking sheet and allow granola to continue to cool over the wire rack. Once cooled, break granola into clusters. ENJOY!
Recipe Source: www.urbanbakes.com