Tropical Coconut Granola

This granola recipe was inspired by a trip to Turks & Caicos, where I was lucky to spend a week over my holiday break. It was amazing to be surrounded by fresh local produce and spend time at the beach, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, paddle-boarding (!) and admiring the ocean. I’m a huge fan of anything with coconut, so when I got back I decided to experiment with some new granola flavors incorporating coconut flakes, dried banana, and another new favorite of mine, golden raisins! I hope you enjoy this recipe: it’s perfect by the handful or with cold almond milk and slices of fresh banana.



  • 4 medjool dates, pitted, chopped, and soaked in 1/2 cup boiling water for at least 15 minutes
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips
  • 1 cup large-flaked coconut (not desiccated/shredded)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (certified GF if needed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or scraped seeds from 1 vanilla bean)
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup flax meal


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. After soaking the dates for about 15 minutes, mash them with the back of a fork, so that they begin to combine with the water.
  3. In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the mashed dates, including the soaking water, with the coconut oil and vanilla. Stir until everything is evenly combined. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, flax meal, and quinoa flakes and combine with wet mixture. Mix together with your hands or a wooden spoon.
  5. Spread mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, then remove from oven and pour out onto a cool surface until fully dried.
  6. While the granola is baking, warm a large frypan over medium-low heat. Pour the coconut flakes in one even layer and stir frequently until toasted. Once toasted, remove from the pan and pour into a container. If you leave them in the pan they’ll continue to toast and can burn!
  7. Combine toasted coconut flakes, banana chips, golden raisins, and cooled granola in an airtight container. The granola stores well at room temp for several weeks.

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