First and foremost I want to offer a brief, but sincerely heartfelt, thank you for everyone that left comments or sent me messages this past week. It’s been a difficult time, but the warm words and support were truly helpful. Thank you.
As I mentioned in our last post, Grandpa would not have wanted us to mourn for long. So it’s time to get back in the kitchen, and I know he would have enjoyed this next stateside series…It’s time for our recipes from Hawaii to begin!
Over the next few weeks we’re going to try to replicate some of our island favorites. This particular recipe was hands-down the one I looked forward to recreating the most. The first time I came across this dish was at the Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company. I wanted something fresh and light to contrast the heavy resort and restaurant food we had been enjoying, and the Anahola Granola looked perfect.
Now I came to discover that Anahola Granola is a particular brand of granola made fresh daily in Kauai. It’s a tropical granola made with local ingredients and flavors, and I must say it’s downright fabulous. So after reading the ingredient list and scanning through numerous granola recipes (including Linda’s at Savoring Every Bite) we came up with our recipe for Kauai Granola.
We baked the granola for 15 minutes at 350F, checking it after 10 minutes to make sure it wasn’t getting too crispy. It will burn quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on it. While the granola was baking we turned to our rainbow array of fresh fruit which included fresh pineapple, papaya, strawberries, red grapes, bananas, apples and oranges.
Now I have to admit I was a bit nervous. I had high expectations for my cereal and I had never attempted to make homemade granola. Fortunately after pouring the milk over the granola and digging into the fruit laden cereal, I was over the moon. It tasted nearly identical (at least as far as I can remember) to the Anahola Granola I enjoyed for breakfast in Kauai. It was fresh, flavorful and absolutely delicious with the fruit and milk. 4 spoons for me!
Now Mike and the kids were in for a treat as far as I was concerned. They didn’t eat the granola in Kauai, so this was going to be a whole new experience for them. Fortunately they all loved it as well.
We’ve also enjoyed the granola in parfaits as well as on its own. And if it’s any indication about how much we’re enjoying this recipe, we’ve since made it three times and even picked up an air tight container that we could specifically dedicate to our Kauai granola. (Speaking of which the container is empty…guess what we’ll be making today!) I had no idea how easy it was to make homemade granola and just how fantastic it could be. Of course, my favorite way to eat it is still covered in oodles and oodles of fresh fruit. Delish!
Cheers and we’ll be back Tuesday with a few more recipes to wrap up our Armenian adventure. Happy weekend!
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