How’s it going? Well, whether the day is stressful or not, there’s at least one positive thang going on today: the sun is out! Woohoo! It was absent for about two weeks, then you’d catch glimpses of it before it would scurry away again. But not today, baby. Today it’s full sun! Ahh. Just let me find my swimsuit. 😉
Of course we’re also in a high wind warning, but let’s just ignore that fact, right?
All of this sudden sunlight and the fact that it’s going to be 41 degrees today kind of has me in the mood for spring and lighter layers. Oh, to be in espadrilles again! To walk outside without a coat! And this is bizarre for me because I like cute coats. 🙂
So what can you do when you’re in the mood for warm places and sticking your feet in the sand? Why, make granola that has a tropical vibe going on…right? That makes sense, right? 🙂
So here it is: coconut pineapple granola. And boy is this stuff addictive. I had dried pineapple and wonderful huge flakes of coconut just begging to be used. You may just find yourself walking by and grabbing handful after handful while you wait for it to cool down. Don’t worry. I won’t tell.
I just love making my own granola. Firstly, you can control how much sugar you’re putting in. And secondly, it’s just too darn easy. I think this took about ten minutes to throw together. Perfect if you suddenly have a parfait craving!
Now I’ll just grab a bowl of this, put on a pair of sunglasses, and let myself be transported to a beach-y locale.
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- 1 cup large flaked coconut
- 1 cup dried pineapple
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1½ tsp. vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a lipped cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl add the ingredients through salt and stir until combined. Set aside.
- In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir well until combined.
- Spread out evenly on the cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.