Here’s a handy tip: Start recycling empty peanut butter jars now so that in December, you can take them out, fill them with treats and give as little gifts. Unlike pickle jars, peanut butter jars are odor free after a couple of washes. This jar is full of the latest, greatest granola — Tropical Granola.
Tropical Granola with Flour and Dry Milk Powder
As mentioned, I wanted to try a recipe that used flour and non-fat dry milk. After several experiments with various small batch versions, I liked this one the best because it’s crispier than other granola, and loose but with big clumps. You can eat it with your fingers or in a bowl with milk or yogurt.
For the flour, you can use all-purpose or a gluten-free flour like oat or rice flour. Hemp seeds are a fun addition, but if you want something more traditional the sunflower seeds work just as well. At one point I tested with a little quinoa, but didn’t like the texture. For the nuts, just about any nut can be used in place of walnuts or you can use a mix. Maple syrup can stand in for honey, canola or any other oil can be used in place of canola, and you can leave out the vanilla if you wish.
- 1 2/3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup flour all-purpose, whole wheat or Ultragrain
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoons golden flax
- 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
- 1/4 cup flaked sweetened or unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon salt plus an extra pinch
- 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts or your favorite nut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup dried banana chips
- 3/4 cup chopped dried tropical fruit from bulk bin
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, hemp seeds, flax, dry milk, coconut, and salt. Stir well, and then add the walnuts.
- In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or bowl, mix the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and water. Heat for about 30 seconds or just until mixture boils. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over. Stir well, then stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and stir until very well mixed. Stir in the banana chips. Empty onto baking sheet and spread it evenly across.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 45 to 53 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. It will crisp as it cools. Add chopped dried fruit. Makes about 4 cups.