Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quadruple Coconut Granola


It's interesting that Mark Sisson just posted a piece about the nutrition of oats; I used to be such a homemade granola fiend! My favorite post-run food was a bowl of plain yogurt with berries and an obscene amount of granola mixed in.

I was never one to buy the prepackaged stuff; beside the huge price tag they were often laden with sugar and oil. I felt quite virtuous making my own, loaded with good stuff like raw nuts, egg whites, agave and oats galore.

Times have changed so I thought I'd make a granola to suit. I recently purchased a pack of creamed coconutfor which I was eager to find a purpose. The Tropical Traditions website has a ton of interesting recipes using the stuff, and their Coconut Peanut Butter Granola caught my eye.

After tweaking the recipe I can say it was a dangerous success. I could not stop eating it, picking up a stray bite or two as I attempted to seal up the extra in a Ziploc bag. I have pretty decent will power, but this is one snack I think could easily destroy it if I had it on hand too often!

QUADRUPLE COCONUT GRANOLA
adapted from Tropical Traditions

1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup natural almond butter
1 tbs. coconut cream
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups mixed raw nuts and seeds (I used pepitas, sunflower, pecans, almonds & walnuts)
1/4 cup protein powder
a few tbs. coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 275. Heat honey, almond butter, cream and oil in a small saucepan until melted, stirring to combine. In a large bowl combine nuts, seeds and protein powder. Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients, mix well. Add as much coconut milk as needed to get the consistency you'd like. Stir in coconut flakes.


Spread mixture on a Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and return to oven for 10 more minutes. If you can resist, allow to cool a bit before eating!

I ate mine mixed in with a little plain Greek yogurt and some blueberries and strawberries. You could easily omit the protein powder in the granola and yogurt in your bowl if you're a little stricter than me... this would taste equally good on its own or with a little coconut or almond milk poured over it.

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