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Exotic Vietnam-Inspired Granola | Healthy Snack Recipes

vietnam inspired granola
Picture this: a bowl filled to the brim with crunchy clusters of oats, kissed by the vibrant hues of freeze-dried dragon fruit, jackfruit, and mango. Each spoonful is a burst of colour, like a fireworks display in your breakfast bowl. But wait, there's more! Sprinkled throughout are cashew nuts, pistachios, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, adding a delightful crunch that's as addictive as playing a round of Vietnamese street-style hopscotch.
"Why Vietnam?" you ask? Well, it's where our fruity adventures began! Imagine Dan and Nat, backpacking through East Asia, on a quest for the most exotic fruits and ethical farms. Then, like a fruity fairy tale, they stumble upon Vietnam's lush landscapes. Here, they uncover the delicious treasures of dragon fruit, mangoes, and jackfruit—each bite a taste of tropical paradise. It's not just about the fruit; it's a whimsical journey through Vietnam's juicy wonders! 

What are the best nuts for a granola?

Added to this granola recipe are nuts and seeds: cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, which are extremely popular in Vietnam. Cashew nuts, originating from Northern China and Mongolia, are a rare luxury due to trees fruiting only every 4-5 years. They also grow in Vietnam's sunny southern provinces like Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai, and they symbolise luck and prosperity, adding a dash of fortune to every breakfast.


How to use dried fruit?

This recipe is perfect for those wondering how to cook with freeze-dried fruits. Adding a touch of fruitiness and transforming your morning granola into a healthy breakfast option that will help you hit your 5 a day!



Makes 10 portions



  1. Preheat the oven at 140 °C fan/160°C/Gas 6.
  2. Chop pistachios and cashews roughly. Add to a bowl with oats and mix together.
  3. Add honey, golden syrup and vegetable oil and mix well together with a wooden spoon, breaking well apart to avoid big clumps. 
  4. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and place in the oven for 25 min, mixing after 15 min, then again after 20 min. 
  5. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 15 to 20 min.
  6. In the meantime, break the Soul Fruit's freeze-dried fruits in smaller pieces.
  7. Once it has cool down, add the seeds and the dried fruits to the granola and mix together with your hands.
  8. Granola’s ready! Enjoy with milk or Greek yoghurt.