Easy Tropical Granola

Today I’m sharing one of our favorite granola recipes, this homemade tropical granola. It is perfect for eating in a bowl with milk or snacking on the go. This recipe was originally published in March 2016. 

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It is no secret that we eat A LOT of cereal in this house; I just counted, we have 9 boxes sitting in the pantry. Anyone else? 

When I was pregnant, with the constant need to snack every few hours, cereal was my go-to. But, when  you go through multiple boxes of sugary goodness in a week on your own, it is time to start looking for alternatives. I was trying to find healthier ways to add a bit of variety to my snacking that are just as easy and just as tasty. This update to my mom’s favorite classic homemade granola recipe fit the bill. 

This granola is something that works as well in a bowl with milk as it does in a bag on the go (or in a bag from the comfort of the couch, lets be real). The added bonus? The kids love it, too. 

Which is good because Lincoln has this cough we just can’t kick and it means he’s sleeping and eating quite a bit less than usual. It is kind of absurd how much my life  has revolved around the fickle sleep habits of a tiny human. #motherhood 


Easy Tropical Granola:


What You’ll Need For Homemade Tropical Granola:

  • 5 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • dried fruit (I found dried papaya and wish Kroger would have also had dried mango)
*go ahead and use two or three times more chopped nuts if want a little more in your granola.
What You’ll Do: 
  • Mix oil and brown sugar in a saucepan on low heat until they combine at a low boil. Remove from heat.
  • Combine oats, nuts, and coconut in a large bowl and stir in the liquid. Mix well.
  • Spread out on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 for eighteen minutes and stir halfway through. *
  • Let it cool on the baking sheet then add in dry fruit and enjoy.
**every oven is different and the first time I burned the edges of my pan of granola – I would keep a close eye on it as you get closer to the end the first time you make it.

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this delicious homemade granola recipe is easy and filling and packed with tropical goodness - perfect for breakfast on the go or over yogurt

This homemade tropical granola is perfect for eating in a bowl with milk or snacking on the go! #homemadegranola #easybreakfast #simplydelicious

This homemade tropical granola is perfect for eating in a bowl with milk or snacking on the go! #homemadegranola #easybreakfast #simplydelicious

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  1. Definitely going to try this! I've also been enjoying knowing there will be a post quite often. I absolutely LOVE your blog!!!!

    1. thanks myisha 🙂 let me know how it turns out – and what fruits you end up adding!

  2. This is great.I am pregnant too, first trimester and have morning sickness all day. Did you as well? Any pregnancy cravings? I have a two year old as well and am so tired. I am looking for quick meal ideas for tired, worn out pregnant mom's. ?

    1. congratulations! but the morning sickness is the worst – mine was a little better this time around because I was up and eating by 6:30 every morning with Lincoln (days I didn't eat before 7 I was guaranteed to be sick) – but the nausea really just died down in the last few weeks for me and still if I'm not on top of eating every two or three hours I don't feel so great. I hope your energy comes back – I remember feeling like a zombie for a solid two or three months …just counting down till 7pm when baby would be in bed and I could climb into bed 🙂 hang in there mama!

      as for cravings, the first trimester the only thing that really sounded good was bread and butter but there wasn't anything that I just needed to eat that moment, you know? What about you?

  3. Yum! Looks delicious. I love eating granola and yogurt in the warmer months.