Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola

 

Can you believe this is the first granola recipe I’ve ever posted on this blog??? What?!? Liz, you gotta step up your game!

But up until about 3 weeks ago, I just never…. really…. made granola. Don’t ask me why— I honestlyย had nothing against it or anything— but don’t worry, all that’s changed and granola and I are bffs for life now ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I guess the inspiration for this recipe came from a need for more SNACKS. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a serious snacker. Waiting 6-7 hours between breakfast and lunch just turns me into a hangry teacher (and nobody wants that) so I’m always packing 2-3 snacks to get me through my day. But especially if you work outside the home, and without a fridge nearby, it can be hard to come up with a variety of snacks that are filling, easy to eat quickly, and don’t require refrigeration.

That’s where granola saves the day!

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

I love granola because it is SO versatile and can always be mixed up, therefore it never gets boring. You can throw it on yogurt, you can eat it with milk, you can put it on a smoothie, or you an eat it straight from the jar and have absolutely no shame about it!

Since I don’t have a fridge in my classroom, I typically bring some granola as a morning snack to eat plain or with some fruit on the side. This granola concoction I’ve made for you today has been my favorite version so far— packed with protein, healthy fats, crunchy coconut, hearty oats, and of course, peanut butter!

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Better yet, this granola is super simple to make and can be thrown together in under 30 minutes, including bake time. You start by just mixing up the dry ingredients, whisking the wet ingredients together over the stove, and combining them in a large bowl. Next, just pour the granola onto a large parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Last, sprinkle on some unsweetened shredded coconut and bake for 5 more minutes. That’s it!

I like to leave my granola out to cool for at least 40 minutes, that way the “clumps” stick together and harden up, instead of breaking apart into little pieces right away. This is totally optional, depending on if you like chunky or not chunky granola. Is that really a thing? Or is it just me?

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

So another HUGE plus about granola is that it’s perfect travel food. I’ve been traveling pretty frequently recently, and it’s been so clutch having a bag of granola in my purse for when I’m between meals and stuck on a plane or in a car.

It also makes a great breakfast if you’re looking for a healthier alternatives to keep in your hotel room. When Nate and I travel, we tryย to bring our own breakfast to eat in the hotel before we start our day (things like granola, fruit, energy balls, nuts, overnight oats, homemade muffins). That way we only have to eat out 2 times a day and it saves a little bit of money (money we can just put towards another trip!).

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

So I told you last week we’re headed to Denver on Friday for a weekend celebration of Nate’s birthday and the end of his second year of law school <— insert party emojis!!! You KNOW I’ll be whipping up a big batch of this granola for our weekend breakfast and travel snacks. I’m planning on making a batch of these muffins and make even some of these energy balls too, just in case. You can never have too many snacks!

Thanks for all the restaurant tips you guys have shared… we’ll definitely be hitting up a lot of your recommendations. The foodie scene looks pretty incredible there, so sorry in advance for all theย pics you’ll be bombarded with on my Instagram and snapchat (pumpkinandpb) this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone!

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Snack

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup cashews, some whole, some chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the dry ingredients: oat, pecans, almonds, cashews, chia seeds, and salt.
Step 2
Melt coconut oil on the stove top, then turn off heat. Whisk in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and agave. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to coat.
Step 3
Spread the granola over the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and mix the granola around. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes. Cool for at least a half hour before eating!

Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Granola {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, Iโ€™m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

23 Comments

  1. This looks SO good! I’m all about those clumps!! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I taught I would get SO hungry between classes, snacks were a definite must to keep the hanger at bay so that I could enjoy my students! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I couldn’t agree more! I can barely concentrate when I’m hungry… and my patience totally goes out the door. Better keeping myself full and happy ๐Ÿ˜‰ PS I didn’t know you were a teacher too! What grade did you teach?

    • I couldn’t agree more Kristy! Hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Enjoy your trip to Denver!!! I’ve always wanted to go. My husband travels there all the time for work .. I need to tag along at some point! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And this granola sounds awesome. I am definitely a snacker too so I need options on hand!!

  3. I’ve been dying to try a new granola recipe! I’ve only made it one or two times before and this sounds delish!!! My yogurt game has needed serious improvements. Enjoy Denver!!!!

    • Definitely give it a try! You’ll be soon addicted once you do ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. PB granola for the snacking win! I’m totally a clumpy cluster granola person and love the addition of coconut. Have a fun trip, can’t wait to see your Denver food pics on Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Brie!! I’m so with you— I literally dig through my granola for those big chunks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Cailee!! I literally ate this stuff all weekend and I’m still not sick of it. SO good!

    • Thanks Alicia!! I’ve already eaten so much of it today— it’s SO addicting ๐Ÿ™‚

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