Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cashew Mango Granola

cashew mango granola

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.

Some Notes:

-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.

-Packing. Ugh.



T said...

Unsulphered mango, eh? I'll have to take a look.

This looks just like this really good trader joe's cereal that I love...

Linnea said...

holy moly this looks good. And easy! I'm on it.:-)

Ricki said...

I agree--packaged granola is way overpriced. And yours sounds so much better!

Sara Beth said...

Mmmm, sounds (and looks!) great! The fella loves granola and I've been meaning to just try to make some again. You may be just the motivation I needed. :)

Cassandra said...

mango and cashews together at last---a lovely marriage. I can't wait to make this.

Sulfates are added to lots of products to keep them from browning. One shining example is white wines, which is why they can leave you with such a headache. Not only do they act as diuretics that dehydrate you, the sulfates add to that headache!

Maris said...

Mangos, cashews, perfect granola! Especially for the summertime.

Jo Stockton said...

Thanks, all! And yes, it is in fact really easy to make. I'd love to hear how it works out when you get around to making some.

Cassandra: thanks for the sulphate info! Yikes. I knew I was avoiding them for a reason!


Jo Stockton said...

Oh and P.S. I have just discovered that this granola is FANTASTIC when sprinkled on top of Pure Decadence coconut milk ice cream. Holy yum.

Kim said...

This is so freaking good, I had to put it away so I didn't eat it all at once!

Jo Stockton said...

That's what I like to hear!


Dazy said...

It's something new to me. I was looking for something creative like this. Then tried this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It's a snap to prepare and really tasty.