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Tropical Pineapple Mango Granola

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an over view of Tropical Pineapple Mango Granola on a plate, served with almond milk

~ raw, vegan, gluten-free ~

I have been playing in the kitchen a lot lately, making all types of raw granola.  They are so easy to design, and the possibilities are just endless.  You get to be the driver of the bus as my husband likes to say.  Meaning, you are the driver of your own “bus, ” and you have total control.

It’s up to you to select the ingredients to not only tailor to your taste buds but is also what will guide you towards optimal health. Tailoring your diet to your genetics and circumstances can help your body cope better with the demands you make on it. Be kind to yourself.

I have selected a handful of dried fruits that remind me of the tropics; coconut, mango, and pineapple. If you are not in the habit of drying your own fruits, be aware of what you are buying when purchasing pre-dried from the store. If I am in a pinch and have to buy pre-dried fruit, the first thing I do is flip the bag over and read the ingredients.

Many dried fruits are soaked in sugars and chemicals.  If anything is listed other than the fruit itself,  back on the shelf it goes.

If it does, in fact, list only the fruit, I continue scanning the package.  I ask myself, “Is it organic? If not where does it fall on the list of pesticide use?  How does it look?   If  I like the answers, I buy it, if not, it’s back to the drawing board (cutting board?).  :)  These are just some of the things to keep in mind.  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

a close up of raw gluten-free Tropical Pineapple Mango Granola Ingredients:

Yields roughly 16 cups dried granola


  1. After the oats are done soaking, drain, and rinse them under cool water for 2 minutes.
    • Use your fingers to agitate them while rinsing.
    • Hand squeeze the excess water from them and place them in a large bowl.
  2. After soaking the nuts and seeds, drain, discard the soak water and add to the bowl with the oats.
  3. If the dried fruit is really hard and tough, soak them in enough warm water to cover them for about 15 minutes.
  4. Place the chia seeds in 1 cup of water to soak during the same time frame as the dried fruits.
  5. Drain the soak water and add just the dates, soaked chia seeds, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.  Process until everything is well combined.  Pour into the oat bowl.
  6. Add the mango, pineapple, and coconut flakes… all ingredients should now all be in the big bowl!  Mix everything well.
  7. Drop clusters of batter on the non-stick sheets that come with the dehydrator.
    • If you don’t own non-stick sheets, you can parchment paper but not wax paper.  Food tends to stick to wax paper.
  8. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F)  for 16 hours or until dry.
    • Dry times will vary due to climate, humidity, and how full the machine is.
  9. Store in a glass airtight container.  Place in fridge to extend the shelf life.

a close up of raw gluten-free Tropical Pineapple Mango Granola served with raw almond milkThe Institute of Culinary Ingredients™

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.



2 thoughts on “Tropical Pineapple Mango Granola

  1. Jami says:

    place in fridge to extend shelf life….ha ha…you mean it’s supposed to last more than a day? I don’t know if I could even wait for it to be completely done before I started eating it. This one looks particularly delicious – the tropical flavors are some of my favorites! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Jami! Yea, I sort of giggled to myself when I wrote…”to extend shelf life”….because they always disappear quickly. :) Did I bring you a taste of this one??

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