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Rainforest Granola with Toasted Brazil Nuts

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups Brazil nuts, raw, chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup cashews, unsalted, chopped
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups tropical dried fruit, diced (such as dried mango, papaya, pineapple, banana chips and shredded coconut)

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

1 hour

Serves:

16

Inspired by the rainforests of the Amazon, this crunchy golden homemade granola recipe adds chunks of toasted brazil nuts, diced tropical dried fruit such as mango and pineapple, sweet dried banana chips, cashews and shredded coconut.

Why Try? Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant which has proven to protect against heart disease and cancer. Brazil nuts are also rich in protein and fiber. This delicious granola recipe offers a great way to get the healthful benefits of Brazil nuts into your diet.

Foodie Byte: For a lower-sugar variation; alternate natural unsweetened coconut, available in health food aisle of your grocery store, and agave nectar for sweetened coconut and brown sugar in recipe.

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine oats, Brazil nuts, coconut, cashews and wheat germ in large bowl; toss to blend.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla and stir until blended. Pour over oat mixture and toss to evenly coat oat mixture.
  4. Spread granola evenly onto a 13-inch x 18-inch baking sheet.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. In a large bowl, combine toasted granola with dried tropical fruit and gently toss to blend.
  8. Transfer to storage container or zip lock bags to store.

Nutritional Information

Calories 491, Carbohydrates 55g, Fat 29g, Fat Calories 259, Fiber 6g, Protein 7g, Saturated Fat 6g, Sodium 56mg. Daily Values: Calcium 64.99mg 7%, Phos 190.3mg 19%, Copper 0.49mg 25%, Zinc 1.45mg 10%, Panto 0.14mg 1%, Biotin 1.05mcg 350%, Iodine 0.97mcg 1%, Magnesium 93.43mg 23%, Iron 2.36mg 13%, Vitamin B6 3%, Vitamin C 0%, Vit E-a-Toco 8%, Vitamin A 5%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.