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[Okay, so I know it’s not actually Thursday, but I started writing this post yesterday  – does that count?]

Whenever I eat coconut, I think of my sister Chay. It could have something to do with the fact that in her partying years she favoured that sweet, fabulously trashy, coconut liquer-type stuff in the white glass bottle with the blue 80s font, aptly named Malibu. Goes well with Coke.

So, inspired by my gorgeous, hilarious, wondrous sister Chay, I concocted what I have dubbed my Malibu Granola. Like Chay, this granola is sweet, smart, sassy, earthy and beautiful. Eating this granola for me evokes images of warm summer days, wearing sundresses and flip-flops and listening to Sublime (remember them?). Try it with some plain yogurt and banana slices on top.

Malibu Granola*

7 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups total of any combination of chopped Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, sesame seeds and/or hemp seeds
1/2 cup coconut
3/4 cup of dried fruits, such as cranberries, finely chopped mangoes, apples, apricots and/or pineapples
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 250F. Put all ingredients except for the coconut and fruits in a very large bowl (or divide between two large bowls – I certainly didn’t have a bowl that was honkin’ enough to hold it all!). Mix well. Spread the mixture out on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for about an hour, flipping the granola over a couple of times. Add the coconut after 1/2 an hour (otherwise it can burn!). Add the fruit when it’s all done bakin’, and store in airtight containers.

*Of course, the great thing about granola is there are about a thousand different combinations of oats, nuts, seeds and fruits you can put together. It’s so easy to make, and so much cheaper than the store-bought stuff. The general rule of thumb is 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup liquid sweetener (ie. honey or maple syrup) to every 10 cups of dry stuff.

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