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Tropical Granola

Tropical granola

Hey all and happy Groundhog Day!  How do you feel about Groundhog Day?  I’ve always thought the poor groundhog looks really annoyed with the guy grabbing him. “I was actually sleeping guy, but sure, pull me out into the winter cold.”  The groundhog is probably sitting there, watching a little groundhog Netflix, thinking groundhog thoughts like “Where did I get this dirt on my foot?” And then hands come in and pull it out in front of a huge group of people.  If that groundhog is anything like people it probably gazes around the audience and thinks “Nobody told me Stan and Laura were going to be here.  Who invited them?  They did NOT just invite themselves to my shadow thing.” 🙂  I’ve thought about this too much.

To me, though, Groundhog Day is only really about the movie with Bill Murray.  I’d watch Bill Murray paint a wooden fence, and that actually sounds like something he might do.  My favorite part of the movie is probably when he’s done the day over so many times that he knows all the answers on Jeopardy, and all the old people are really impressed.

Tropical granola

Here’s something to snack on while your watching that or any other movie that tickles your fancy.  I’ve already explained my love of breakfast.  I think I just love oats in general too.  I love warm, comforting oatmeal and a while back I posted my old standby granola.  But this granola mixes it up a little.  It’s tropical granola!  Because let’s face it: it’s February in Minnesota and the only thing that can be tropical around here is a shirt you probably shouldn’t have bought.  😀

This granola is great because it has coconut milk, which is fun because I don’t think it’s usually something that you usually think of in granola.  It also had huge hunks of apricot, mango, and coconut.  But of course you can use whatever fruit you fancy.  You can use the normal shredded coconut that can be found in most grocery stores, but a while back I stumbled on some really thick curls of coconut, and I had to snatch that up before it disappeared.

This would be fantastic on some coconut yogurt or in a parfait.  What would also be great would be to mix a little mango juice into some super thick Greek yogurt and then sprinkle this on top.  This granola isn’t the sweet as candy stuff that’s popular on store shelves, but just lightly sweetened and satisfying.  Ah, breakfast!

Tropical granola

(From a recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tropical Granola
  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups nut of choice, or mixed nuts (unsalted)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup chopped dried mango or fruit of choice
  1. Place a 9x13 pan on 1 burner (or 2 burners if it works better for you), and put on medium-low heat.
  2. Add the oats and cook, stirring every once in a while, until the oats start to change color and become fragrant (about 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add the nuts and continue to stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut and stir for another 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the cinnamon, salt, honey, and coconut milk and stir until incorporated.
  6. Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.


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  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry February 2, 2016, 10:12 am

    The movie with bill murray is also what I associate with Groundhogs day, but since its suppose to be a early spring this granola is fitting. Love the shredded coconut, and dried mango.

    • Amanda February 2, 2016, 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Nicole! It’s blizzarding again today so I’ve really got my fingers crossed for that early spring. 😄

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen February 2, 2016, 11:15 am

    This tropical granola sounds like an awesome treat, Amanda. Love the addition of chocolate milk.

    • Amanda February 2, 2016, 2:35 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Aria February 2, 2016, 3:59 pm

    This looks so good! My mom just made granola a few days ago. and, oh my word, is it Groundhog Day? I had no idea!

    • Amanda February 3, 2016, 11:00 am

      I only realized a couple days before because I saw the movie was on. Haha. :). Thanks! Have a great day.

  • Puja Darshan February 2, 2016, 11:22 pm

    Yummy treat…Loved your recipe 🙂

    • Amanda February 3, 2016, 11:01 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 3, 2016, 6:16 am

    I agree, groundhogs were really meant for Bill Murray! This tropical granola looks delicious! Definitely a welcome addition to the cold winter. Sounds delicious with the dried mango!

    • Amanda February 3, 2016, 11:01 am

      Thanks! I hardly ever eat dried mango so I thought it was time to give it a try. 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks February 3, 2016, 6:29 am

    I LOVE THAT MOVIE! And I can already tell I will love this granola – a little taste of vacation in the middle of winter!

    • Amanda February 3, 2016, 11:03 am

      Isn’t it such an underrated movie? 🙂 Thanks so much! It’s nice to have something a little tropical when there’s two feet of snow on the ground!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker February 3, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I’ve never used coconut milk in granola – what a great idea! & I totally agree about the groundhog – poor fella!

    • Amanda February 5, 2016, 8:45 am

      Thanks, Megan. Let the groundhog sleep, right? 🙂

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes February 3, 2016, 4:19 pm

    I still haven’t seen that movie yet (hangs head in shame). Loving this tropical granola though!

    • Amanda February 5, 2016, 8:45 am

      Thanks! I’ll spare quoting you every line from the movie. 😉

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary February 4, 2016, 10:01 am

    I am pissed that Phil didn’t see his damn shadow… I was really hoping for a long winter. 🙁 Guess I will have to eat my feelings with this granola! LOVE the tropical flavors going on here! SO YUM! Cheers, dear!

    • Amanda February 5, 2016, 8:47 am

      Thanks so much! I actually wouldn’t mind a longer winter either. I’m in the mood to get some snow shoes and get in touch with my inner survivalist. 🙂 Take care!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina February 5, 2016, 9:14 am

    Can you believe I’ve never see the movie?! I need to get on that! And I will happily enjoy it munching on this granola! PS) Your commentary on the groundhog’s thoughts…hysterical!

    • Amanda February 6, 2016, 2:38 pm

      Thanks! Bill Murray is so bitter and annoyed in that movie. It’s hilarious.

  • Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting February 6, 2016, 4:10 am

    Me too, if I think of Groundhog Day, I think of the movie with Bill Murray 🙂 Love the idea of tropical granola!!

    • Amanda February 6, 2016, 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Johlene!

  • Mir February 9, 2016, 7:22 am

    I have very strong feelings about Groundhog Day. On 2/2, it’s a no-brainer that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. I mean, really. Can we move it to the end of the month?
    This looks like very cheerful granola! It would cure my winter blahs.

    • Amanda February 9, 2016, 9:46 am

      Thanks! Yeah, if the sun came out and all the snow magically disappeared within a week if be a little concerned!

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