Monday, January 21, 2013

Orange Macadamia Nut Granola

My mom wanted to know what to buy my hubby for his stocking for Christmas and I told her he liked Macadamia nuts.  Well she proceeded to buy him 3 jars, so I have been trying to find healthy recipes using these babies.  I stumbled upon this recipe and tailored it to what we had on hand.


  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (used old fashioned oatmeal)
  • .5 cup sweetened coconut flakes (used unsweetened coconut flakes)
  • Zest of 1 orange (used 1 large orange, may use more the next time since hubby loves orange zest)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup pecans (omitted and used half a cup of dry roasted macadamia nuts)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (used 2 tablespoons of soybean oil)
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1/4 cup honey (used a little less)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract (used a little more since I didn't have an 1/8 measuring spoon)


  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Grease baking sheet and set aside. (Skipped this and used a Silpat baking mat instead.)  
  • In a medium bowl, add oats, coconut, zest, salt, macadamia nuts, and pecans and stir to combine.  
  • In a small microwavable bowl, combine butter, orange juice, honey, maple syrup, and almond extract. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. If needed, microwave for another 30 seconds until mixture is completely melted. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine. (I still microwaved the liquid even though I didn't use butter.)  
  • Spread mixture onto baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 9 minutes.
The finished product, enjoy!

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