Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola

 

Even though Fall is right around the corner, it’s not actually here yet. 

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola

I don’t care what the calendar says. I don’t care what the weather resembles, and I definitely don’t care for the pumpkin mania which has taken the blog world by storm. Every year, it’s the same damn thing.

Call me Scrooge, call me blasphemous, call me petulant, call me whatever you want, just don’t ask me to drink a pumpkin spice latte. Well unless you throw some booze in there, and then I might reconsider. It’d have to be an awful lot of booze though.

Which is why I am respectfully requesting…Nay, I am demanding….alright fine, I am respectfully requesting in a sassy and slightly stubborn tone, you stop shutting the door on summer before her time is truly up. It’s not right to cut a woman down in her prime, and of course I’m referring to Summer as a woman. It’s fitting, says me.

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola In Process A

We are only exposed to Summer’s beautiful berries, succulent stone fruits, and warm weathered veggie for so long. Can you blame me for wanting to hang onto those juicy and bountiful flavors? Especially when compared to something many are getting from a can or doesn’t even contain real pumpkin. The answer is “Hell No,” and yes, sometimes I do answer my own questions. People say that’s a bad sign, and I’d suggest they come and tell me to my face. I’d laugh at them, answer my own question, and then likely offer to feed them. I wouldn’t give them seconds though.   

Speaking of seconds and summertime fare, you should grab a spoon and bask in the tropical delight that is my newest granola concoction. Hands down, it’s my now favorite flavor, and guess what? It’s made with real limes. I give you….drum roll please…. 

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola.

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola B

Let’s talk about this granola.

It contains the juice of not one, not two, but three limes. Yes, three whole limes. I know three limes seems like an awful lot, and that’s because it is. We’ve long since established the whole point of anything citrus is to wallop you with flavor. Think about it. Only people who love all things lime are going to want to make this granola, so of course they want to be walloped. I get it, and I’m here to wallop you. Go with it.

This granola is also chock full of nuts because in my world, they’re the star of the show. Take that whatever way you want, just don’t skimp on the nuts. You can also use any kind: almonds, brazil, macadamia, pecans, walnuts, or even chestnuts. Alright fine, those last ones might not work, although I do consider myself an equal opportunity nut lover. The only non-negotiable is the half cup of pistachios. They play so well with the lime and coconut, you’d be remiss to skip them altogether.

Since we’ve segued into coconut, this recipe calls for a cup and a half, and it is well worth every single shred. If you can get different textured coconuts, do it. I personally used a mix of finely shredded and larger pieces. Along with nuts, I’m a texture girl, so the more different kinds I can get, the happier I am.

The pineapple is the final kicker on this granola, and I have to thank Arman for that. The sweetness of the dried pineapple offsets the tartness of the lime and makes me feel like I should be eating this in a tropical location, while lounging on hammock and downing an umbrella drink, except I wouldn’t actually need the drink. All I’d need is this Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola and a spoon. Scratch that. I’m not above using my hands. The spoon is a luxury item.     

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola
A tropical granola packed with fresh lime, coconut wedges and pineapple. It'll make you feel like you're on an island basking in the rays of the summer sun.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats
  2. 3 cups nuts, roughly chopped (I used a mix of almonds and walnuts)
  3. 1/2 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  4. 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut (3/4 cup finely shredded and 3/4 cup large shreds)
  5. 4 Tbsps. flax powder
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1 Tbsp. almond extract
  8. 3 limes, juice from and zest of
  9. 1/2 cup oil (canola or olive)
  10. 3/4 cup maple syrup
  11. 1 1/2 cup dried pineapple pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly (from the rolled oats through to the salt).
  3. Add in the almond extract, the zest of and the juice of your three limes. Mix well to coat everything. Add in your oil, stirring often. Add in the maple syrup, once again stirring to coat everything. If you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of the mixing part. It's important if you want the flavor to penetrate every nook and cranny, and believe me you do.
  4. Once combined, spoon mixture onto two rimmed baking sheet. Leave clumped together. Do not spread out on the baking sheet. See process picture below for an example.
  5. Bake at 300 for 45 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, then every 10 minutes after that. When I stir it, I'm really just working the outside edges into the center to prevent burning. I will lightly turn the center.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool at least thirty minutes and up to overnight. Add dried pineapple.
Notes
  1. Baking it for 45 minutes as the recipe calls for lends a slightly crunchy yet still chewy texture. If you like your granola on the crunchier side, you can cook it longer, just keep stirring those edges so they don't burn. Also, if you like big clusters, don’t stir it once you've remove it from the oven. It'll cool in clusters.
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For kicks, I’m sharing some process pictures taken by one of my blogging besties. The day we drank Kombucha beer and canned tomatoes, we also made a batch of this granola. Actually, I made the granola, while she photographed it all. It’s good to have friends in the business.

Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola Collage

This post is being shared with Sprint 2 The Table’s Strange But Good because that’s my girl. It’s also being brought to the table at the following fabulous parties: She Eats Fresh Food Wednesdays, Anyonita Nibbles Tasty Tuesday’s, Hun… What’s for Dinner’s Simply Supper Tuesday’s, Buns in my Oven What’s Cookin’ Wednesday and The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday.

Looking for other granola recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip

Lemon Blueberry Granola

Lemon Blueberry Granola

Are you a fan of citrus flavors? Would you try this granola? Have you kicked Summer to the curb (ahead of its time, I might add) and jumped on the all things Fall bandwagon (for shame)?

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WIAW: How To Eat Healthy In A Hurry

It’s hard being healthy in a hurry.

You know what else is hard?

Saying the first sentence three times fast.

What were you thinking, you dirty birdie?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There are times, lots of them in fact, where I don’t prep my meals for the week. An unfortunate consequence of my inaction is I run out of ready meals for breakfast and lunch. Oh the horror. I feel so ashamed now…. not really. Not even a little bit.   

I also seem to be dashing out the door more often than not lately. Perhaps because I’m making a concentrated effort to get to work on time. A novel idea I know, which I imagine pleases my boss to no end, but one that leaves me strapped for sustainable food options in the middle of the day.

Look, I get it. I do. I really, really do. Even though I have deemed myself Betty Fucking Crocker, I know it can be hard to wash lettuce and chop salad toppings when you have 6.2 seconds to make it out of the house in the morning, and the same can be said for a morning smoothie. Ain’t nobody got time to toss fruit into a blender, turn on the rocket launcher, cover your ears, and wait for the end result because when it comes to decibels, my blender could give any Willy Wonka contraption a run for its money.

At the end of the day, I know if I’m going to eat healthy, I have to make the time for it, which might mean waking up ten minutes earlier or cutting my morning social media time short (gasp). There’s really no getting around it, but for those days when you find yourself in a rush and still want to be healthy, I’m here to show you some options, and skipping meals isn’t one of them. As if. Pfft.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. No surprise here, I’m sharing a day of my eats when I had no time for prepping. Some might call them nontraditional. I call it out of the box eating. 

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Breakfast was half a container of strawberries and a boatload of sweetened banana chips. It turns out I have a legitimate addiction to these banana chips. I haven’t sought medical treatment yet because I’m not ready to throw in the towel. I may have to work on practicing self-restraint though, and I’m talking more than just the bedroom kind.    

Strawberry & Banana Chips

Some other Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas would be:

  • yogurt,
  • trail mix,
  • a banana,
  • a spoonful or three of peanut butter, or even
  • toast. Some days I bring bread and a tab of butter into work and toast it there, when time allows.   

Lunch was fairly inventive. It was an entire cucumber from my own garden, a half a container of hummus and some jalapeno cheese. Since I keep a small cutting board and a semi-sharp knife at the office, I bring the cucumber and cheese in whole, saving me all that prep time. 

Cucumber, Hummus & Cheese

Other Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas would be:

  • hard-boiled eggs,
  • last night’s leftovers,
  • fistfuls of nuts and more fruit,
  • cheese,
  • pretzels and salsa,
  • a can of low sodium soup,
  • a bag of carrots or baby bell peppers and a container of hummus.

Toss a few of these things together, and you’ve got yourself a full-blown meal.

For dinner, I went with a classic easy meal option: penne pasta with some tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. While the tomato sauce was my own creation from the weekend prior, I am not above using jarred sauce. In fact, I usually keep one on hand for nights I don’t feel much like cooking. I added a side of green beans since we have an overwhelming amount of them in the fridge and topped them with some cilantro lemon butter I dug out of my deep freezer. Oh yes, I am still enjoying the spoils of last summer.

Pasta and Green Beans

Other Simple & Short On Time Dinner Options would be:

I have literally eaten all of the above for dinner in the past couple of weeks, so it can be done, which leads me to the moral of today’s story, ignoring the glaring fact there was no actual story shared. 

You still have healthy options even when there’s no time. It just takes a little ingenuity and outside the box eating.   

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a smoothie to make.  

What are your healthy in a hurry meals, when there’s no time for prepping? If you’ve done posts on this same topic, please share your links in the comments below.

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I Must Confess

I’ve hit a blogging wall.

My cup hath runneth over and into the sewer, never to be found again, except by the likes of Pennywise the Clown. Ya know, because he lives down there. He’s also the antagonist in one of my favorite books of all time, Stephen King’s It. I swear if you can handle horror, this should be on your Must Read list. The man is a literary genius. Maybe if I ask nicely, he can send me some creativity. Then again, we might end up with veggie blood baths or garlic which mysteriously comes alive and torments my cats at night.

So about that wall.

I’m having trouble penning posts. My funny is taking a sabbatical again, while my literary muse has all but disappeared. It’s rough going over here in Clean Eats, Fast Feets Land, which is not to say life is rough. In fact, if anything it’s improving after a summer of work, work, work and too much retaliation booze. I completed my thirty-day photography class, I hit up the Cleveland garlic festival, I’m cooking and processing produce like a mad woman, and I’m continuously adding to my deep freezer. Success in the form of food.

Garlic Festival 2014

My kitchen creativity is at an all time high right now. I made some amazing kohlrabi fritters which need sharing, I’ve got big plans for a Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup, and I finalized the recipe for my newest Granola flavor: Lime Coconut Pineapple, which of course makes me want to sing, ♫”You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up. You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up.” ♫

Lime Coconut Granola

I’ve got recipes to share. I’ve even got more serious posts lined up about Doubts and Insecurities and how to beat those two crones into submission, yet I can’t seem to write them, and sadly there’s nothing funny on the horizon. It’s a problem, and I’m hoping by sharing with it with you, it’ll dissipate and my creativity will resurface faster than the 1.2 seconds it takes for Oscar to make it downstairs for breakfast every day. I have never seen a cat leap thirteen stairs in three easy hops, on a routine basis. He’s a maniac.

In the meantime, thanks for listening and sticking with me while I go through a bit of a dry spell even lubrication can’t help. Perhaps, I should throw some coconut oil on it; it seems to be the solution for everything these days. Stick with me, literally if I decide to bathe in coconut oil, be patient and I’ll dig deep and see if we can’t bring my funny and my inspiration back to the table. Anyone else picturing the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderful. Just me? Well at least my imagination is still intact.    

How do you handle blogging walls? Do you keep writing in hopes creativity will resurface? What have you been up to in the kitchen lately?

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