Trouble Putting a Granola Recipe
I have been bent backwards for the past few weeks trying to nail a piña colada granola. Now, before you come and pull my ear for it, I am not talking about those recipes out there where they make a regular granola and adding dried pineapple chunks with coconut chips and call it a day. I mean an actual piña colada flavored granola. I have tried just about everything and no avail. Just to give an insight, these are the methods I have tried so far:
- 4 oz of pineapple juice, 4 oz of coconut cream (thick) and pouring that mixture into a 4 cups of rolled oats and leaving them soaked overnight and then dehydrated them. No luck. They tasted like the coconut went bad and the pineapple flavor evaporated right out
- I then bought coconut syrup and made a pineapple syrup. It went too sweet and it left it gooey
- I bought a coconut palm syrup to aid the flavor from not escaping and it burnt the oats
I tried making a pineapple sauce with coconut cream and that one left the mixture moist but the pineapple flavor remained. In this mixture I used honey as well. I believe the honey help keep the flavors from escaping but it was not crunchy like traditional granola is supposed to be.
- I tried 2 oz of juice this time and 2 oz of coconut cream with honey. This time around I toasted the granola first (following some food bloggers tips) and ended with a just a sticky mess and not even crunchy. Also, the flavor was gone.
I am at the point of giving up, but if anyone can shed just a bit of light or point me in the right direction you will be an answered prayer! Thanks a bunch in advance.