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 …

 

 

 

 


Açaï Breakfast Bowl Recipe

A healthy day starts with a healthy breakfast.  This Açaï Bowl Breakfast Recipe recipe is very easy to put together (you can have the ingredients ready in advance) and will get you all the nutrients to get through your busy morning.  Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants as well as probiotics and fiber, this açaï bowl recipe is also perfectly suited for Gluten Free and/or vegans alike and for those who are looking for a relatively low sugar content.  I use kefir from cow’s milk but the latter can be replaced with a vegan option (coconut, soy, etc…).  Kefir is an excellent source of probiotics, which are essential to our gut’s health.  The concentration of probiotics in kefir is way higher to the one found in regular yogurt so if you would like to increase your gut bacteria without taking a supplement, try it!  Most grocery stores carry it now (watch out for the flavored ones that might have a higher sugar content…).  The granola I use is a replica of a Trader Joe’s product that I use to be obsessed with (don’t take me wrong, the one sold at Trader Joe’s only used real organic ingredients and was amazing) but my recent decision to change the way our family approaches consumerism, as well as a strong desire to make a difference on this planet and what we treat our body and health (long story that I will tell later), made me try to replicate this product.  The end result was a success and approved by the whole family! Recipe and tutorial of the TJs Toasted Coconut Granola Replica will be posted on the blog very soon! In the meantime, you can buy the original one or use the granola of your choice!  Time to check out the ingredients below and prepare your new favorite açaï breakfast bowl!

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Ingredients:

  • Açaï puree (sweetened or not depending on your preference)
  • Toasted coconut granola (I use to buy the one from Trader Joe’s but decided to make it myself in order to save money and reduce plastic waste).
  • Plain Kefir (I get it from Trader Joe’s but I am planning on making it myself too. Stay tuned for the recipe… Vegans can use coconut, soy or any other plant-based kefir).  Yogurt can replace kefir in this recipe (if you don’t like the tart taste of kefir)
  • Berries (I use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • Other fruit such as figs, bananas or pears or whatever you feel like eating that day

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (I love my coconut bowls from Cocobowlco that I purchased on Amazon).  Enjoy!