Ever since joining Twitter, I’ve been trying to figure out how to increase my following. And yet whenever I get an email notification that I have a new follower, I don’t know whether to be happy or disappointed – there’s a pretty good chance I’ll open that person’s page only to find out I was spammed. It’s pretty obvious when I get a follower who really has zero reason to be interested in me. I mean, you sell insurance in South Dakota? What do you want with me?
But such was not the case when Oh! Nuts found me. As soon as I checked out their online store and saw their incredible selection of nuts, dried fruits, and candy, I only wished I found them sooner!
Things got even better when Oh! Nuts offered me samples of three products of my choosing. Just like that – I didn’t even have to ask! I immediately took this opportunity to pick some things that I don’t normally buy, either because they aren’t readily available or I just hadn’t thought of using them before.
When my bags of goodies arrived, my first thought was that Oh! Nuts is Oh! Generous! These were full 1-lb sized bags.
My first choice were these sesame almonds. Because honestly, when I left Greece, I thought I’d never see them again.
Second, I wanted to pick a new-to-me dried fruit. Dried guava? Never had that before. Decision made!
And then I figured I’d better pick a nut that would go well with the guava, if I planned to use it in a recipe. I think guavas are a tropical fruit, so I picked a tropical nut – macadamias. Roasted, unsalted macadamia nuts, to be exact.
All of the products arrived well-packed and fresh tasting. And like I already said, I was floored at their generosity in providing full-sized samples.
I put the guava and macadamia nuts to use in a tropical-inspired granola laced with coconut and ginger. I’ve never made granola before, usually because I get turned off by recipes that have too much honey or oil to possibly be considered healthy (unless you only eat the teeniest portion – am I the only one who hates itty-bitty portions?) So this time I dug a little deeper and took some inspiration from recipes that used fruit puree as a binder instead of all that oil or honey, and I used stevia to provide the missing sweetness. I kept a little (olive) oil in though, for good measure.
The end result was a tasty, crunchy, healthy blend that couldn’t be easier to throw together. And needless to say, the base mixture can be changed up with whatever dried fruits or nuts you happen to have on hand, but we both really enjoyed this tropical version. Thanks again, Oh! Nuts! It never would have happened without you!
Tropical Guava Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup (140gm) shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped almonds (85gm)
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (85gm)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup applesauce
liquid vanilla stevia drops, to taste (such as NuNaturals)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
100 gm dried guava, chopped
Preheat oven to 300F. Combine oats, flax seeds, coconut, almonds and macadamia nuts. Whisk together the olive oil, applesauce, liquid stevia, cinnamon and ginger. Pour over oat mixture and stir to combine.
Empty the bowl onto a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until dry and crunchy. Stir in the chopped dried guava. Once cool, store in an air-tight container.
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 7.5 mg
Total Carbs: 10.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
Protein: 1.9 g
One more thing – my girl Dawn from Florida Coastal Cooking tagged me for 5 Answers for 5 Questions. I’m jealous of the fact that Dawn moved to Florida from Massachusetts and therefore has such fresh beautiful produce year round and access to great seafood! She’s always grilling up something yummy. I really hope she comes back for a visit though
5 Answers for 5 Questions
1.) What was on your To-Do list today:
- go through a bunch of food photos on my camera (check!)
- Cathe HIIT dvd & 5 mile run (so glad that is done)
- hit up the farmers market (check!) for my current obsession, fresh arugula (fail – they didn’t have any this week.) But I got some other lettuce and some pretty peaches and plums too.
- pick out a gift for a very special new baby girl and another yet-to-be-born boy or girl (hurry up, K!)
- get a pedicure (whoo hoo! that was added to the list late in the day when I realized I had a chunk of time)
2.) 5 Snacks you enjoy:
- protein “ice cream” concoctions
- Chobani nonfat Greek yogurt
- ice cream (light, full fat, sundaes, whatever – didn’t say it needed to be healthy, or something I snack on all the time, right?)
- half sour pickles (no, not with the ice cream, ’cause I’m NOT preggers!)
- dark chocolate zone bars
3. ) 5 Places you have lived:
- my parents’ house
- overnight camp (can we call this temporary living?)
- sorority house
- a townhouse my husband owned previously
- the house we bought together and live in now
4.) What were you doing 5 years ago….Hmmmm….2005:
- lost about 30 lbs
- graduated college
- bought my Honda civic
- got a job, got laid off, and got another one!
- got engaged!
5.) 5 things you would do if you were a Billionaire:
- donate a whole bunch of money to help cure breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and Alzheimers
- spend a few
weeks months island-hopping in the Mediterranean, and of course staying in the nicest private villas
- make sure all of our immediate family members were living comfortably
- always buy really nice gifts for my friends’ birthdays, weddings, etc.
- hire a live-in food photographer for this blog!
Passing this on to some fabulous fellow bloggers…
1) Branny from Branny Boils Over
2) Bridget from The Way The Cookie Crumbles
3) Josie from Pink Parsely
4) Dani from Dani Spies
5) Kira from Cook, Pray, Love