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.
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!
(From a recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman)
- 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
- Place a 9x13 pan on 1 burner (or 2 burners if it works better for you), and put on medium-low heat.
- 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).
- Add the nuts and continue to stir for 2 minutes.
- Add the coconut and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add the cinnamon, salt, honey, and coconut milk and stir until incorporated.
- Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.