Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Easy tropical granola

Granola and yogurt is a big request in my house, but at five bucks or more a package, it can quickly add up.

This weekend, we made our own for the first time, and it was surprisingly easy. Here's our adapted recipe for Easy Tropical Granola.

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dried papaya*
1/2 cup dried pineapple

Heat the oven to 300. Line two cookie sheets with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, cobine honey, brown sugar, butter and salt. Add oats, and stir until blended.

Spread granola on foil and bake f0r 20 minutes, stirring once halfway. Remove pans from oven and stir granola again. Bake 10 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Remove and stir again. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

When the granola is cool, add the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to four weeks.

* Dried papaya is available at Fresh Market, if you're unable to find it at the local store.

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