Homemade Trader Joe’s Organic Toasted Coconut Granola

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I am probably one of Trader Joe’s biggest fan.  I pretty much buy everything from cheese to tomato sauce and fruit (now that they finally decided to sell in bulk) to wine there. I don’t know if it is about the array of cool items from around the world (especially from my home country. Bonjour Trader Jacques!), their business model (no middleman is a good idea) or the atmosphere (nice staff, cool shirts and ringing bells always work) but I got hooked to the store since I first shopped there back in 1999, when Trader Joe’s was only popular in the Los Angeles area. I really wish that they cut back on the insane plastic packaging they are selling their products in, now that I realized the extent of the very complex plastic problem we have. And this is exactly why, in addition to a desire to consume less and make more things at home, I decided to replicate their  Organic Toasted Coconut Granola.  I have been buying this delicious granola for over a year now, and I pretty much use it every single day for breakfast. I am hooked on açaí bowls (see my standard recipe here) because they are simply delish and seem to give me all the nutrients I need in the morning, to last until lunch. Trader Joe’s Organic Toasted Coconut Granola is a key ingredient in my breakfast bowls but I had to buy it so often that I realized I was spending a lot of money for something I could easily make myself (and get rid of the plastic packaging waste). I looked at the ingredients on the bag and decided to go for it.  Everything in the recipe can pretty much be bought in bulk and large batches can be made as it keeps really well when stored properly. I almost forgot to mention that it is also Gluten Free and plant-based (vegan). It is also super easy and quick to make, and most of all absolutely delicious.  Here it goes…

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut flakes (or organic toasted coconut chips)
  • 1/2 cup of organic unsalted toasted almond
  • 1/2 cup of organic corn flakes
  • 2 Tbsp of organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of organic quinoa
  • 1/3 of a cup of organic raw sugar
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic rice flour
  • 1/3 of a cup of maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp of pure vanilla extract

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How to make it:

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Spread the mixture evenly on a cookie sheet lined with some parchment paper
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the granola barely starts to turn golden
  • Take out of the oven and let cool down
  • Store in a glass jar

Eat as is or mix with your choice of milk (almond, soy, coconut, dairy, etc…), dry fruit or fresh fruit. Top yogurt or kefir with it, include in smoothie bowls, açaí bowls (see my other amazing recipe here), etc… and remember to try to enjoy a little bit of it, because there is a high chance that your entire family will devour it before you know it …

 

 

 

 

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