Coconut Spice Almond Granola

Spiced coconut almond granola. I swear this isn’t burnt! It got a little extra toasty, but I like it that way. Plus, the dates make it look darker.

After making this recipe, it occurred to me why I never make granola … it’s way too addicting. It’s hard for me to stop picking and nibbling at it, but gosh it’s good. It’s especially good with the thick, rich, half-and-half 24-hour yogurt (made with pasture raised half-and-half) that I have in my fridge right now. Each of these things is a treat on its own, but combined is even better. It’d be delicious with full-fat coconut milk as well, or homemade nut milk.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sliced raw almonds
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (use this, not the fine shreds)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted & chopped (probably about 8-12 dates)
Granola mixture ready for the oven.
Dates go in after the granola is done baking, otherwise they’ll shrivel up to nothing.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix almonds and coconut flakes together on a large baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt. Pour over almonds and coconut and mix well. Also, feel free to add more cinnamon or ginger if you want it spicier.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Then, mix the granola and bake for 10-15 minutes more or until mixture is golden brown. (Note: I let mine get a little extra toasty this time around, so it’s a little darker than golden!).
  5. Let granola cool a bit and then mix in the chopped dates.

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17 thoughts on “Coconut Spice Almond Granola

  1. Shonnie October 15, 2012 / 11:04 am

    Yum

  2. girlmeetspaleo October 15, 2012 / 11:44 am

    Looks delish!!! Granola was one thing I deff missed after going paleo

    • paleoinpdx October 15, 2012 / 8:06 pm

      It is REALLY good! Like I said, highly addictive!

  3. Ferris October 15, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    It looks scrumptious and I think the colors are gorgeous. Very Autumny!

  4. Change My Body...Change My Life October 15, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    Sounds like heaven. Yum!

  5. Brandyn Miller October 15, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    The granola alone sounds great but with the yogurt awesome, I have to give that a try!

  6. Megan October 15, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    This look amazing!

    • paleoinpdx October 15, 2012 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks, I like to think it tastes pretty darn amazing too 😉

  7. paleoinpdx October 15, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    It’s a beautiful thing when they come together 😉

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