Tropical Granola

April 1, 2015

Tropical Granola

I’ve always wanted to make my own granola and not have to spend a fortune on the homemade kind one finds at a farmers market. When I was asked by the nice folks at Honey Bunches of Oats to try out their new Whole Grain cereal, I found it to be the perfect opportunity to develop a granola recipe with leftover dried tropical fruit and sliced almonds.

With two whole grain varieties to choose from, Honey Crunch and Vanilla Bunches, each serving is packed with fiber, iron and folic acid. The perfect breakfast to start your day with.

Enjoy it with milk, on your yogurt or to satisfy a sweet craving,  this tropical granola is a great kid-friendly snack that fits perfectly in any lunchbox.

Use any combination of dried fruit and nuts. Whatever you have available works.  With Honey Bunches of Oats, you add a sweet crunch to your homemade granola that I guarantee everyone will enjoy

Tropical Granola

Tropical Granola

Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup Whole Grain Honey Bunches of Oats
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple
  • 1/4 cup dried papaya
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cereal and oats. Pour onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small saucepan, add butter and heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add sugar and vanilla and stir until all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat.
  5. Place cereal and oats mixture back in the large bowl. Add butter mixture, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, almonds, cinnamon and allspice and mix well. Place entire mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Shake baking sheet occasionally to brown evenly. Remove from oven and let cool completely before eating or storing in an airtight container.

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