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Tropical Granola (Oil-Free)

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Recently we got some organic, unsulphured dried fruits from a woman who sells health foods in our area. I was excited to use them, so I dreamed up this recipe. I wanted it to be low in fat, high in fiber, slightly sweet (since dried fruits are already so sweet), and have a fruity flare to it. I really like how it turned out, it’s not a super crispy, chew-and-chew-and-chew, type granola (although I like those kinds too), because the applesauce (a great substitute for oil) keeps it from getting too crunchy.

Store bought granola is not only super duper high in calories, it’s high in fat (not your good fats!), and it costs a lot…I’d much rather make my own healthy version!

This is oil free, and sugar free, and if you want it to be vegan simply swap out the honey for more agave nectar. For gluten free, make sure your rolled oats say “Gluten Free” on the packaging. To me, all that adds up to great breakfast…with a little added protein, of course! Eat this with Greek Yogurt to get a good bang of protein to start the day.

Tropical Granola

  1. 6 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  2. ¾ cup organic coconut flakes
  3. ¾ tsp. sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts
  6. 1/3 cup honey
  7. 1/3 cup agave
  8. 2 tsp. pure vanilla
  9. 1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  10. 1/3 cup chopped organic, dried papaya
  11. 1/3 cup chopped organic, dried figs
  12. 1/3 cup chopped, organic mango

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix up the dry ingredients (oats, coconut, spices, and nuts). Add all the wet ingredients to a medium sized bowl and combine. Chop your dried fruits and set aside.

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Add wet ingredients to the dry.

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Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Pour the granola mixture onto the sheet and place in the oven for about 30 minutes. Because every oven is different, keep checking on the granola to make sure it doesn’t burn. At the 30 minute mark, turn over the granola and keep baking until it’s a golden brown. This should take about another 15 minutes.

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Pour the granola into a big bowl and add the dried fruits.

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I ate it warm with almond milk for my lunch after I made it. Actually, we all did. Nice to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t have patience for it to cool. This serves 10-12.

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Nutritional Info (per servings, based on 12 servings): Cals: 277, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 153mg, Carbs: 49g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 19g, Protein: 6g

I’m loving summer so much…it seemed like for weeks on end it was just raining, and now I feel that summer is “being summer” properly. You know…not raining! It’s been so great to see our square foot garden growing, work outside, and enjoy the sun on my face. But somehow, summer always tends to be the busiest time of year for our family and the band…so it’s always a bit of a struggle to fit my workout in. But I find that if I get up early, I can squeeze it in. It seems like if I wait till the afternoon, there’s just no time for it anymore. I am so not an early bird, but I’m trying to become one…it makes the day so much more productive!

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What time of day do you usually fit in your workouts? Do you like to make your own granola?

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14 Responses to “Tropical Granola (Oil-Free)”

  1. Karen

    Yes, it sure is good!! Enjoyed it so much for my lunch yesterday!!

  2. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    Oh this looks really tasty! And I love the name “Tropical Granola” – it fits! I like granola but like you said, it isn’t always the healthiest thing depending where & what you buy. And I absolutely love dried papaya, I always keep a stash at my desk for emergency munching.

  3. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir

    I don’t think I’ve ever had an oil-free granola! I’m surprised the applesauce doesn’t take away from the crisp, but I guess that’s the oven’s job. Looks beautiful!

  4. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    That looks delicious! I’ve never used applesauce in granola like that before but I want to give it a try because your granola looks awesome! And I love the macadamia nuts in there :D

  5. Charissa

    Thanks all…
    Grace~ It isn’t as crispy as some granola…which I one thing really like about it, but the oven does a good job. :)

  6. gluten free oatmeal

    Nice website! Greetings from Glory Foods.

  7. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    This is pretty as well as looks delicious!

  8. briarrose

    Gorgeous granola. This looks delicious and a perfect way to start my day.

  9. Floor register

    It looks delicious, I’ll try some similar this weekend!!

  10. sophistimom

    You’ve done it again. I need some oil-free granola. Love it.

  11. Melissa Loh

    That looks amazing! I might try that when the weather here down under warms up.

  12. Aly

    Hey just wondering how big your serving sizes are– 1/2 cup?

  13. Charissa

    Aly~ I divided the recipe into 12 servings, but I didn’t measure it out. But it was definitely more than 1/2 cup…more like 3/4 – 1 cup.

  14. beti

    I love the tropical twist you gave to it, the papaya sounds great and it’s something different

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