Whenever I get really stressed out I start eating like total crap. Let’s just say I’ve eaten a lot of crap lately! The first thing to go is always breakfast…
The more junk I eat the worse I feel, and the more stress bothers me. It becomes a vicious cycle that requires a good swift kick in the a** to break.
Granola is my go-to healthy breakfast to get back on track because you literally throw all the ingredients in a bowl, add a little fat and something sweet, and toss it in the oven. Even better you can make it any flavor you wish.
Since I can’t get away on a vacation to a lush tropical island anytime soon, I’ll settle for a little Piña Colada for breakfast. With a little bit of sweetened coconut, some dried pineapple, and some crunchy macadamia nuts thrown in for good measure, it’s like a mini vacation for breakfast.
It makes Monday morning such a prettier sight to behold!
6 c. old-fashioned oats
2 c. macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
¼ c. flax seed
2 tbs. wheat germ
½ tsp. salt
½ c. brown sugar
½ c. honey
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 ½ c. sweetened shredded coconut*
1 c. dried pineapple, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, macadamia nuts, flax seed, wheat germ, and salt.
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, and oil. Cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Pour over oat mixture, tossing gently to coat.
Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, making sure not to burn the nuts.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Keep flat and cool completely stirring a couple of times to break the mixture up. Once cool, add the shredded coconut and the dried pineapple.
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
*If you prefer your coconut toasted, feel free to add it to the oat mixture before it goes into the oven. In this recipe, I kind of prefer it untoasted, but do whatever floats your boat!