Summertime Granola: Citrus Zest, Coconut Flakes and a pat of Butter

June 15, 2013 § 4 Comments

Southwest summertime mornings begin with a heavy mugginess and cicada songs.  By midday, streets and trees are empty.  Kids swim and eat popsicles; reptiles, birds and ground animals sleep in the shade of mesquite trees and behind/under big rocks.  By evening, we all venture out again: The birds take dust baths, the tortoises dye their faces maroon with prickly pear fruit and the people… we can be found moving slow or sitting in chairs with big floppy hats, ice cold beer or lemonade in hand.

We’re in the thick of summer down here in Tucson.  And in my long absence from recipe updating, I’ve been puttering around the kitchen, attempting to throw together simple, low-key meals that not only require a short-blast of oven/stove time, but also taste a little spring-like (think: fresh herbs, tropical fruits, citrus).  This recipe channels the tropical/citrus flavor profile with sweetened, thick coconut flakes and plenty of citrus zest.  While I’ve posted a couple granola recipes on this blog (lest we forget the clumpy granola addiction of 2010) — this one shies away from nut butters and embraces a sweeter, lighter ingredient list.  Below is my favorite summertime version, but as always, feel free to add/subtract to your liking.

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Ingredients:
4 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup large coconut flakes, sweetened
1/2 cup cashews, raw
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled & raw
1/2 cup walnuts, halved & raw
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

zest from 1 orange
2 tablespoons butter, salted
1/3 cup agave nectar

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and toss.

2. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and agave.  Remove from heat.  Add orange zest and stir.  Pour liquids onto dry ingredients and toss until incorporated.

3. Spread oats onto a large baking sheet in an even layer.  Bake 15-20 minutes, tossing half-way.  Remove from oven when golden brown; the granola may still be damp to the touch.  Let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

DIET NOTES: gluten-free*
*GF oats required

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