There are endless possibilities to the combinations of things you can put in your granola. This particular variety is flavored with dried kiwi and mango (which can usually be found in the bulk foods section of your favorite grocery store) as well as ground ginger. This unique combination bakes an excellent breakfast treat!
You will need:
* Cookie sheet
* Microwave-safe bowl
* Large mixing bowl
* 4 cups rolled oats (NOT instant/quick oats!)
* 2 cups slivered almonds
* 1 cup dried kiwi, diced
* 1 cup dried mango, diced
* 1 cup brown sugar (unpacked)
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* Ground ginger
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
2. In a microwave-safe container, combine brown sugar and water. Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, or until sugar is completely dissolved. Add the vanilla extract.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and almonds. Stir in sugar mixture until the oats and almonds are completely coated. Sprinkle with ground ginger to taste.
4. Place parchment paper over the cookie sheet. Spread the mixture over the parchment paper in as thin and even a layer as possible. (I prefer to use a cookie sheet that has a lip on it because it is easier to spread the oats onto without losing any over the sides!) Place in preheated oven and bake for one hour.
5, After the baked granola has completely cooled, use the back of a spoon to break it into smaller chunks. Return to mixing bowl and add your diced dried kiwi and mango; Stir until the fruit is distributed evenly.
6. Store your granola in an airtight container for up to a month. Try it with milk, yogurt, or more fruit!
Keep in mind that if you don’t like kiwi, mango, almonds, ginger, or any other ingredient in this recipe, you can change it out for something else. There are endless combinations of fruits, nuts, seasonings, and other things you can put in your granola to make it a completely custom recipe. Simply replace the unwanted ingredient with something you prefer instead and follow the same directions. You can also omit any unwanted ingredients completely. That’s the fun part of this process; make it your own!