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Toasted Coconut Tropical Granola

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 small bananas)
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried mango pieces (or dried papaya)
  • 1 cup dried pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup toasted shredded coconut (I suggest using sweetened coconut)
  • optional: handful of shredded coconut, not toasted

Instructions

  1. First, toast the coconut. Spread shredded coconut in a thin layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 300°F (149°C) for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to make sure that the coconut browns evenly. Watch carefully, coconut can burn easily. Set toasted coconut aside.
  2. Combine oats, dried banana chips, and all nuts (except for honey roasted peanuts) in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix together mashed banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt. Pour wet mixture into the oat mixture and stir until all of the oats and nuts are moistened.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake at 300°F (149°C) for 20 minutes, stirring at the 10 minute mark. Remove from oven and mix in the dried fruit (or half of the dried fruit if baking in 2 batches). Place back in the oven for 20 more minutes, stirring at the 10 minute mark.
  5. Remove cooked granola from oven and mix in the toasted coconut and honey roasted peanuts. Throw in a handful of UN-toasted coconut if desired. It enhanced the coconut flavor and provided more texture, so I added some. Allow granola to cool completely and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Granola does not have to be refrigerated. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
  2. Gluten Free: This vegan granola is *gluten free* if using certified GF oats.
  3. Add-Ins: Feel free to use whichever nuts or dried fruits you prefer.

Keywords: toasted coconut granola, tropical granola