Hey you! I know who you are! You’re the guy/gal who swore off all junk food when making your New Year’s Resolution last week. You’ve now been eating nothing but lettuce and carrots, like a rabbit, for a week. Late at night, as you rub your rumbling tummy, you’ve found yourself wondering about questions such as, “What is the meaning of this new life I’ve chosen?” or, “Where did I hide that last Lindt truffle?”, and most definitely, “Does it count if the celery accidentally falls into the jar of Nutella?” I know who you are, because I have been you for many years.
Okay, so you may have made the decision to live a healthier life. As I’m sure you’ve probably realized by now though, this is easier said than done. Unfortunately, being “healthy” does not just happen when we make the decision on January 1st. Being “healthy” is a status we earn as we make countless decisions, everyday. And, it looks different for everyone. Maybe “healthy” that means you step on the treadmill once or twice a week. Or, maybe “healthy” means you eat a few less donuts here and there. For me, “healthy” means allowing recipes to be cooked before eating half of the raw form, mindlessly. But, “healthy” does not mean swearing off all indulgent things, forever. Trust me, that will backfire eventually.
This week, we have a recipe that helps you meet “healthy” in the middle: granola! I’ve told you before about my obsession with granola, but it’s worth chatting about again. Not only is granola, when eaten in moderation, really great for you, but it can add that needed crunch to so many of the potentially boring things we already eat. Need something to go with your yogurt? Granola. Need something to go with your post workout protein shake? Granola. Need something to eat besides ice cream for dessert? Granola.
Since there are SO many ways that you can customize this goody, I had a hard time figuring out which one to share with you today. (Which, probably means you can look forward to many more granola posts in the future.) After some brainstorming, pacing, eating granola, and more daydreaming, I finally made my decision. Mango Coconut Chocolate Granola is the perfect way to gear up for the warmer weather heading our way in the coming months. It’s got that tropical feel going with a hint of cocoa. Because, let’s be honest, everything is better with a little bit of chocolate. Let’s get started!
First, you’ll combine your melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
In a separate medium bowl, combine your oats, macadamia nuts, and salt.
Then, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until the oats are all moistened. (Eww, I’m so sorry that I need to use that word.) Spread the granola onto a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
You’ll want to bake this at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that your granola doesn’t burn. When mixing at the 20 minute mark, add in the coconut. We’ll add it this late so that turns out to be toasted instead of charred.
Once your granola is golden brown and ready to come out, let it cool on the stove top, in it’s pan, for about 20 minutes. Allowing it to cool without touching it will make the granola crunchier. And, who doesn’t want their granola crunchy?!
Last, but certainly not least, mix in your dried mango! You didn’t think I forgot about the mango did you?!
There you have it folks, the happy medium to your New Years Resolution. Seemingly indulgent, but perfectly healthy, wholesome, and full of goodness.
Next week, we’ll continue to come to terms with our goals for the new year…with a tasty treat, of course! Until then, stay tuned and stay hungry!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup, plus two tablespoons honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 6 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 3/4 cup dried mango
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
- Combine the oats, salt, and macadamia nuts in a medium bowl.
- In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, cocoa, and vanilla.
- Spread out on a sheet tray, lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring ever 10 minutes.
- Add coconut when stirring at the 20 minute mark.
- Remove from the oven, and allow the granola to cool completely. This will take about 30 minutes.
- Stir in chopped pieces of dried mango.