Sunday, February 9, 2014

Coconut Granola




This month for Secret Recipe Club, I had The Bad Girl's Kitchen. Run by Min, it actually invites other bloggers to post things as well.

I chose the Coconut Granola because I love love love both coconut and granola (tonight I might make the curried chicken with coconut rice, so clearly I have coconut issues). The granola is pretty basic, but it uses extra coconut and coconut oil as the fat. By the time you're done mixing, your hands will smell like angel breath because, ah, coconut and vanilla and nut. I mean, even if you hate to eat all those things (and, seriously, who are you), it still smells awesome.

A word on coconut oil: The new health darling is cold-pressed, extra-virgin, organic awesomeness. It smells like coconut and infuses a coconuty flavor into things. The cheaper coconut oils are fine to use, but they won't be as coconut-y as their healthier, better-quality brothers.

Coconut Granola
adapted from The Bad Girl's Kitchen
makes a whole heck of a lot (about 10-11 cups)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Cost: $5.50
oatmeal: .60, nuts: 2.00, fruit: 1.00, coconut: .75, honey: .50, coconut oil: .55 (guessing here; not sure), other stuff: .10

Note: I halved this and just used 1 pan.

Note: If you like your granola sweeter, you might want to up the honey to 3/4 C.

Note on coconut: If you really love the stuff, I'd go ahead and use even more; it's just good.

6 C oatmeal
1 C chopped nuts (I used cashews and almonds
1 C dried fruit (chop it if it's big--I used some dates, some figs, and some cranberries)
1 C dried coconut (I used raw/dried, but the store bought stuff will work too and make it a little sweeter)
1/2 C honey
1/2 C coconut oil (melted)
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 300 degrees.

In large bowl combine oats, nuts, dried fruit, and coconut.

In microwave-safe bowl, combine honey, melted coconut oil, and dark brown sugar. Heat in microwave until sugar melted. Stir in vanilla.

Pour wet over dry and stir well. It takes a minute or two--you want all the dry parts to get some of the good wet stuff, so take your time and use your hands if need be (they'll smell awesoooommme).

Spread onto two baking sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes. Mix. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. After that, check it at five minute intervals.

Remove from oven when it's a lovely golden brown.

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13 comments:

  1. I have a very similar recipe and I LOVE it. Coconut and granola just belong together.

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  2. Mmm, this sounds really good. I'll have to give it a go.

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  3. Love granola and I bet this one is perfect. I'm putting it on my list to make since I'm out of granola right now. Great SRC choice!

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  4. I have never made granola what a great way to add just what you want. great SRC choice

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  5. I love how you broke out the costs!

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  6. Yum! Nice choice, it's one of my favorites! How funny that we had each other this month?? I made your Coconut Lime Pull-Apart Bread!
    Min
    The Bad Girl's Kitchen

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  7. I love that you said you will smell like angel breath. LOL. Coconut and vanilla is just heavenly, so I bet this granola was just AWESOME. Great choice!

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  8. I have just started making homemade granola. This looks amazing and I bet it tastes delicious.

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  9. I can imagine the coconut smell from here! Now if only I could taste some too! :P

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  10. I love homemade granola, this looks like a great recipe!!!

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  11. Oh...My...Goodness, this sounds heavenly!

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  12. It’s pretty easy to make your own granola and I like that you can decide what goes in it. This would be really great on top of yogurt.

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  13. 3 Researches SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Belly Fat.

    This means that you literally burn fat by eating coconut fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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