Monday, July 16, 2012

Coconut Cluster Granola

The Starbucks of La Paz finally opened about two weeks ago after much anticipation and it has been such a treat, I have missed it-- and am really considering working there again, just in a different country! :) It's has been real popular among the city as the line is usually out the door in the evenings and the frappuccinos are the most popular drink. 
Well moving on to our featured recipe today, Coconut Cluster Granola. I have been enjoying my homemade coconut milk in several different recipes. And have made many batches of granola, but this has been my favorite variation so far-- fresh and all natural! I tried a new method of soaking the oats overnight in coconut milk which created more clumps and then added bits of fresh coconut flesh, but you could use regular coconut flakes as well. Another bonus is that this has NO ADDED SUGAR, so it's definitely less sweet than the store bought, but I prefer it that way and has no oils. I like to eat my granola in a number of ways, but since I had some coconut milk, what better way to eat it then like cereal with bananas or any fruit.

Coconut Cluster Granola: 
3 cups oats
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup sunflower seeds unsalted
1/4 pepitas
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup flax seed 
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Place oats in a bowl with coconut milk, water, and cinnamon. Mix together until oats are covered and liquid is spread among oats. Place in the fridge and let sit overnight.
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, mixing after 10 minutes. Pulse flax seeds in a blender, until fine. Add remaining ingredients, including flax meal, in the now empty bowl. Remove the oats from the oven and toss into the mixture, mixing well. Pour mixture on baking sheet again and let bake for another 20 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes. Store in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Combine oats, coconut milk, water, and cinnamon, & let sit overnight.
Place on baking sheet in bake in preheated oven 400F for 20 minutes. 
Combine all the ingredients.
Pour onto baking sheet, bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown.

And enjoy as a cereal, a top of yogurt, over fruit like a cobbler, or just plan as a snack.

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