Citrus season is totally at its peak right now in California!! I know we pretty much grow every thing year round in this damn state, but when it is the actual season for a fruit, oh man, that is where its at!
And people around here love, LOVE, their fruit trees. They have too many in their yards and a lot of people just let it go to waste. I am always jealous when I drive in my neighborhood and see their bounties overflowing every which way. Why don't they pick their fruit?! I just want to sneak in their backyard at midnight and pick the tree bare for myself. They probably would never even notice right? Muahaha.
But, some folks are super responsible and GENEROUS! (p.s. I love you)
Speaking of these little fruit angels, a wonderful, kind person happened to drop their lot of grapefruits to our office a few weeks back!! I grabbed a good amount and wasted some time at work day dreaming about what I could make. I've done this granola a few times, a batch of jam, and dried some slices and dipped them in dark chocolate!
So your lesson for today, don't waste your fruit! Good people can do yummy things with it! I'm sure it will give you good karma too.
I am loving this granola lately. It has a slightest acidic pop from the grapefruit that blends so well with the cardamon and ginger. I've made it a few weeks in a row and love to top my yogurt with it in the morning (with a little dollop of my jam). I think this will work great with oranges too, though I haven't tried yet.
Serving size is about 1/2 cup // Makes apx 10 servings
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 raw cashews
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup applesauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
4 tablespoon maple syrup
Zest from 1 grapefruit
Juice from 1/2 a grapefruit
1/3 cup dried citrus of choice
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Combine the oats, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, spices and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the oat mix and add the applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup, grapefruit juice and zest. Stir to combine and make sure everything is well coated. Spread the mix evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 35 minutes, turning the oats at about the 12-15 minute mark to make sure everything cooks evenly. It is done when it looks dry and golden brown. Let cool and toss with dried citrus.
I dried some grapefruit in my dehydrator at 160 degrees for 6hrs and cut the pieces up. You can also do it in your oven! Here are some tips for the oven from Saveur. You can always use another type of dried fruit too.
Enjoy and Cheers,