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Pina Colada Granola

Happy Monday! As you read this post, I’ll be in Williamsburg, Virginia tasting my way through every restaurant I can possibly cram into 4 days. Here’s a little treat to say I miss ya!

It’s no secret… I love all things cocktails. I love mixing up cocktails, drinking cocktails, and turning cocktails into delicious treats. I’ve been known to turn cocktails into cake and muffins, so why not granola?

Hmm, what would make pina colada granola? Oats are a must. Coconut, for sure. A little almonds to give the granola it’s signature crunch factor and boost of protein. Some agave to sweeten it up, and, of course, dried pineapple. Because what’s a pina colada without pineapple, right?

Pina Colada Granola |

To give the granola a little tropical boost, I used coconut oil. It toasts up nicely in the oven and adds a subtle toasted coconut flavor to the oats.

Pina Colada Granola |

I never in a million years thought Squirrel would like this granola (or any granola, really). You see, I’ve never actually seen him eat granola before, but there he was at the counter hovering over the pan of freshly made granola munching away.

You know it’s good when Squirrel likes it.

Pina Colada Granola |

I like to eat this granola sprinkled over Greek yogurt mixed with crushed pineapple. It’s so good!

Pina Colada Granola |


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Pina Colada Granola
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Recipe type: Granola
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbs. agave
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups dried pineapple
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut flakes, brown sugar, almonds, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, agave, and vanilla extract. Pour over oat mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold the oil mixture into the oat mixture until all of the oats are equally coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure to spread the mixture evenly onto the sheet.
  5. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.



17 Responses to “Pina Colada Granola”

  1. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Mmm…I love granola. Looks wonderful!


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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — April 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

    What a cute idea! If Squirrel likes it, I’ll have to give it a try.


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Mmmm love coconut oil!

    I love how creative you got with this-great idea!!!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 2, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Why have I never made homemade granola?!! This looks so good!


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    CCU — April 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous granola idea my friend :)

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru


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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love pina colada anything. :) And granola! You combined two of my very favorites. Love this!


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    Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives — April 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    This looks delicious! I took love cocktail themed/flavored anything so this is right up my alley! Love love LOVE this!


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    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — April 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Oh wow, I love the idea of pina colada granola! I bet some macadamia nuts or even cashews would up the tropical essence even more! Mmmmmm…Now I want granola…


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    Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives — April 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    quick question, could I use honey rather than agave?


    • Jennie replied April 5th, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Hi Jessica. Of course. Enjoy, and let me know how you like it. You can also add cashews or macadamia nuts. Mmm!


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    Eliza A — April 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Sounds delicious, I’m assuming 1 1/2 *cups* of dried pineapple?


    • Jennie replied April 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Hi Eliza! Thank you so much for visiting. Yes, 1 1/2 cups dried pineapple. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. I fixed it. Happy baking!


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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — April 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with me on twitter. I can’t wait to make it!!!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 10, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Love this! And you know I could snack on this all day!


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    foodienewz — June 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

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