I love granola, as most people do...but it generally is not the best thing for you. However, in last month's Donna Hay magazine, there was a recipe for home made peach and coconut granola that looked too good to turn down...I had to try it! The recipe was not too bad on the health scale, although I imagine that it has a few calories...albeit from good sources. But I was not to be deterred!! I had to try this nutty, fruity goodness.
And my oh my...how good it is!! This stuff totally rocks my socks off :) This is seriously the best cereal I ever had, I could not stop eating it. My hubby felt the same way, going so far as to say that we should sell it!
I don't think we will start a granola business just yet, but if you do get a chance to try this, do it!! Its super tasty and yummy. The best part is you could change the peaches to whatever dried fruit you liked. I actually added currants and dried pear to mine, but your imagination is the limit.
Peach and Coconut Granola
(Makes 8 cups)
3cups of oats
1 cup flakes almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups dried peaches
honey, extra to serve
2 cups natural yogurt
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1. To make vanilla yogurt, place the yogurt and vanilla bean seeds into a bowl and stir to combine. set aside.
2. Pre-heat oven to 355F. Place oats and almonds in a large bowl and set aside. Heat honey, oil and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes or until honey is melted. Pour over oat mixture and stir well to combine. Spoon mixture onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and cook for 14-20 minutes or until golden. Stir through coconut and peaches and allow to cool.
3. Serve with vanilla yogurt and honey.