I posted a variation of this a while ago on my other blog, but this new, tweaked version was so delicious, I felt the need to post it here as well.
I really love granola cereals and yet I never want to buy them at the store because they seem insanely expensive. Making my own granola has ruined me for store bought granola for the rest of my life. It's just oats! And some other stuff! Why does a tiny box of it cost five dollars?
Cashew Mango Granola
3 cups oatmeal
2/3 cup of raw cashews, chopped up a bit
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of sesame or flax seeds
1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1/4 cup of tahini
1/2 cup of dried mango, chopped into small pieces
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the oatmeal, cashews, coconut, and seeds.
Melt tahini, oil, and maple syrup.
Pour tahini mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir until it is fully mixed in.
Spread granola on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes then stir and return to oven for another 8 minutes.
Let cool for a few minutes and then mix in the dried mango.
-Wow, is it ever hard to find natural, un-sulphered dried mango at the grocery store. I had to wander around forever until I found some. I don't even remember why sulphates are bad, though I've heard they cause headaches and I'm all about avoiding any headachey stuff.
-The last batch of this became my go-to after work snack. It reminded me of my high school days when I would finish school, walk home, and then eat huge bowls of Special K while watching MuchMusic.