(NC)—Regular, balanced meals are essential to ensure that the entire family has a productive day at school, work, and everywhere in between. Rare are the mornings when breakfast can be enjoyed around the table as family. In fact, 80% of Canadian families do not sit down for breakfast together daily, which can make a nutritionally balanced start to the day seem difficult to attain. That's why the test kitchen at Canadian Living magazine, partnering with Minute Maid, has developed this nutritious and portable granola recipe that can be enjoyed at home, or on the run.
Toasty Tropical Granola
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes: 10 cups
Serve over Greek yogurt or eat as a snack on the go.
1 cup Minute Maid Chilled Mango Juice Beverage
1/3 cup liquid honey
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp vegetable oil
4 cups large-flake rolled oats
1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1½ cups dried banana chips
1 cup chopped dried pineapple
1 cup whole raw almonds
½ cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
½ cup chopped dried apricot
½ cup chopped dried mango
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
In saucepan over high heat, bring juice beverage to boil and boil until reduced by half. Let cool slightly. Stir in honey, maple syrup and oil. Set aside.
In large bowl, stir together oats, coconut, banana, pineapple, almonds, macadamia nuts, apricot, mango, pumpkin seeds, ginger and salt. Pour juice mixture over top; toss to coat.
Spread evenly on 2 greased or parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake in 325F (160C) oven for 30 minutes, rotating pans and stirring once, or until granola is golden. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
PER 1/4 CUP: about 156 cal, 3 g pro, 9 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 19 g carb (3 g dietary fibre, 10 g sugar), 0 mg chol, 33 mg sodium, 167 mg potassium. % RDI: 2% calcium, 8% iron, 1% vit A, 12% vit C, 2% folate.
More information and additional breakfast ideas can be found online at MinuteMaid.ca.
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