Recipe courtesy of Santos Loo

Crunchy Golden Tropical Granola

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 7 cups
I love tropical fruits for many reasons—they are sweet and juicy, have a luscious texture and fragrance, can be used in both savory and sweet dishes and they store well in the freezer. When tropical fruits are not in season, I buy them dried to make a granola that I can enjoy any time of the year. Coating the granola with finely ground banana chips is one way I ensure every bite has that punch of tropical flavor!


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  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put half of the broken banana chips in a food processor. Process until finely ground to the consistency of breadcrumbs. Alternatively, crush the chips in a resealable plastic bag with a rolling pin. Set aside.  
  3. Combine the remaining broken banana chips with the oats, dried pineapple and mango, macadamia nuts, coconut chips and sesame seeds in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside.  
  4. Stir to combine the coconut oil with the maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until just warm, about 2 minutes. Pour into the large bowl and stir to combine, ensuring everything is evenly coated. Sprinkle with the ground banana chips and stir again to evenly coat the granola. 
  5. Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake until evenly golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring 3 times (about every 10 minutes), to ensure it toasts evenly. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing.  
  6. Enjoy the granola as is, in milk or as a topping for yogurt, parfaits, smoothie bowls, ice cream or fruit salad.

Cook’s Note

Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.