Coconut Mango Granola is the perfect summer granola with tropical flavors of sweet mango and woodsy, nutty coconut. It is super easy to make granola from scratch so you should never get store bought again! In this post I will also give you the perfect ratio for homemade granolas so you have endless customization possibilities.
What is the difference between granola and müesli?
I always wondered about this, because in Norway we use the word müesli a lot and is the item we eat the most. Both granola and müesli work the same way; like a breakfast cereal that is great on top of yogurt or with milk, in a chocolate bar or even in baked goods.
However, the biggest difference is that müesli is uncooked and with no other sweeteners other than the dried fruits, resulting in a raw and loose texture. Granola is cooked with sweeteners so the pieces clump together creating larger chunks of oaty goodness.
No need for a recipe
Honestly, granola is so easy to make it is hard to justify to make it into a recipe. However, I really like this combination with mango and coconut so you can't stop me. However, considering I am so nice, I am also sharing with you the perfect ratio for granola so you can jazz it up any way you want.
The perfect ratio for granola
The perfect ratio for any kind of granola, although there is no right or wrong answer, is to combine:
- 4 parts oats
- 2 parts nuts/seeds (or coconut)
- 1 part dried fruit
- ½ part fat
- ½ part sweetener
And you can also add things like vanilla extract, salt and spices. Boom! There you have a million ways to make granola. And this coconut mango version is my summer granola that I love to serve with Greek yogurt, a few dollops of homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk and a light drizzle of lavender honey, chamomile honey, or regular honey.
A little explanation of all the ingredients in this tropical granola.
- Oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats keep their shape well when baking, however you can get away with using quick oats as well. Quick oats may need shorter time in the oven as they are already so thin. Quick oats can result in the granola not drying properly so when finished baking I would let them dry inside the oven with a cracked-open door.
- Sunflower seeds: Has a distinct nutty flavor and a high nutritional content, such as protein and vitamin B1. Sunflower seeds also boast anti-inflammatory benefits, so don't forget to add it!
- Pumpkin seeds: I always have pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on hand so they are naturally my preferred choice in seeds. Pumpkin seeds have a lot of magnesium, zinc and healthy fats. I also love their slightly chewy texture!
- Flax seeds: A little crushed flax seeds goes a long way. Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fats, fiber and loaded with a bunch of other nutrients so why not add it to your granola.
- Desiccated coconut: To evenly distribute the coconut flavor in the granola.
- Coconut flakes: For extra texture and more coconut flavor!
- Coconut oil: Fat helps with the texture of the granola, and you can use anything you want, like butter or any other oil. I love to use the coconut oil with coconut flavor for this particular dish so that I get extra coconut flavor! And yes, there do exist coconut oils with neutral taste, so you should read the label.
- Maple syrup: along with fat, liquid sweetener is needed to get the granola to clump together. Yes, sweeteners like this aren't healthy. You could use honey instead to get more nutrients out of it although the recipe will no longer be vegan. Or if you want even more delicious flavor, I can recommend using homemade caramel sauce as the sweetener!
- Dried mango: you can use any dried fruit you want, but I'm so ready to go back to travelling so I'm headed towards somewhere tropical. Pineapple or apricot are also great options! If you want to reduce your sugar intake, the mango can also be omitted, but the flavor and texture will obviously not be the same. Mango contains a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants, and also a lot of other nutrients but still low-kcal!
- Salt: salt enhances the sweetness and the flavor of the granola, but it is completely optional.
- Vanilla extract: same with this, the vanilla extract complements the tropical flavors and oats, but is also optional.
How to make this tropical summer granola
Pre-heat the oven to 350F (150C). Combine the dry ingredients together: rolled oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and salt (1). Now melt the coconut oil if it's solidified and mix with your desired sweetener, whether it's homemade caramel sauce or maple syrup. Mix with the dry ingredients (2-3).
Pour on to a large baking sheet (4), press down to an even layer (5) and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through*. Then add the desiccated coconut and coconut flakes (6-7) and bake for another 5 minutes or until the granola is golden.
Stir in chopped, dried mango once done (8), press it down to one layer and place it back into the oven. Turn the heat off and let the granola slowly cool to room temperature.
Granola doesn't clump together
* I'd say this is optional, because the more you stir, the less likely it is that you will get good clumps of granola. I didn't want to burn my granola and so I stir so much I don't get big lumps. It is easier to get clumpy granola when you don't add things like coconut and mango at the end.
That is why I'll be making another recipe for extra clumpy granola once. So even though this doesn't stick together so much, it is still super delicious and that smell of toasted oats and coconut oil when baking is divine!
Serve with Greek yogurt (or something equivalent for dairy free and vegan) and fresh fruit, a few dollops homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk and a few drops of lavender honey (or maple syrup for vegan) for a real decadent and summery treat.
For a savory breakfast and brunch option, don't forget to check out this wonderful pesto eggs green shakshuka!
Did you like this recipe? Here's more breakfast ideas I think you will like:
- Peanut Butter and Banana Coconut Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
- Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Strawberry Scones
- Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars
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