Did you know that the Monday after the Super Bowl is the most called off day of work due to “sickness”. And while I didn’t call in today, I do feel sick. No, not because how horrible the Broncos played (although that was pretty sickening), but because of all the snacks and goodies I shoved into my mouth. I think the only thing healthy I had was about a tablespoon of salad and a handful of fruit. I ate my weight in guacamole, filled my stomach with pulled pork sliders and topped if off with bacon wrapped jalapenos. Oh, and there was a margarita or two!
So today needs to start off with something healthy, light and nutritious. What better way than this fruit and nut granola. I love making my own granola because I can add all my favorite things, while being able to control what I don’t want in it, and it’s also a fabulous way to clean out your pantry. You know you have a few half full bags of nuts and dried fruit, maybe you have some coconut shavings or sunflower seeds. Perfect, you can throw them all in here.
I usually make this granola different every time, but as long as you have the base items (rolled oats, an fat and a sweetener), you are set. In this particular batch I used honey as my sweetener and coconut oil as my fat. You could easily use agave or maple syrup in place of the honey or even olive oil instead of the coconut oil.
I tossed in some pecans and walnuts I had leftover from making baklava last week and added some cranberries and dried papaya and voila! You could easily add yogurt or chocolate chips to give this mix a sweet kick, but after yesterday I barely deserve dried fruit.
- 1 large egg white, beaten
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1½ cups chopped nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, pecans or walnuts)
- 1½ cups coconut shavings
- ½ cup honey (you could also use agave or maple syrup)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, warmed
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or sesame)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup dried fruit
- chocolate or yogurt chips, optional
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combined egg white, oats, nuts, coconut shavings, honey, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and toss till everything is evenly dispersed.
- Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake granola, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and dry, about 40-45 minutes.
- Let cool on a baking sheet (the granola will crisp as it cools).
- Once cool, mix in one cup of dried fruit and optional chocolate chips or yogurt chips.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.