Breakfast

Crunchy Coconut Granola

My boss is an admitted granola whore.  She knows it and I know it.  A couple weeks ago I made a granola recipe that we both felt could garner the title “crack granola” because we both couldn’t stop eating it.  Then I promptly lost my recipe.

So I keep trying new granola recipes.  This recipe caught my eye because its unlike any other granola I’ve ever made.  It called for flour and egg whites – wtf?!  I did make some adjustments below based on what I had on hand.

Crunchy Coconut Granola

Crispy, Crunchy and Clustery; Maple-Pecan Granola

Dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of miniature chocolate chips

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz / 55g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (2.5 oz / 70g ) demerara sugar (raw sugar)
  • 1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz / 85g) chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp agave

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and line a large, rimmed cookie tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, except for the dried cranberries and chocolate chips.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then stir in the sugar and maple/agave syrup and continue cooking over a medium-low heat whilst stirring, for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the extracts. Pour this mixture gradually into the dry ingredients whilst stirring until all of it is mixed in and all the dry ingredients are coated. Let it cool a bit, then mix in the egg white, until fully combined.

Pour the mixture onto the lined cookie tray and press it down to form a large, compact sheet of granola mixture which covers the entire tray. Put it into the oven, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and break the granola up into about 16 large pieces. Put it back in the oven for 5 minutes. Break each large piece into 3-4 pieces and stir the granola around with a metal spatula. Put it back into the oven for 10 minutes.

Whilst it bakes, stir together the pecans and syrup in a small bowl.

Remove the granola from the oven and break it up into the size you want. Pour on the pecan mixture. Flip and stir it all together with the metal spatula and put back into the oven for a final 5 – 10 minutes.

Let the granola cool on the tray for about 15 minutes, mix in the cranberries and chocolate chips. then transfer it to a container.

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I loved it because its super crunchy and not overly sweet.  My boss?  She said it was okay.  My other boss thought it was delicious though so it was still a win!  I ended up having a plain Greek yogurt/apple/granola parfait for breakfast.

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Knowing I was going to be taking a 55 minute group class after work, I did a nice, easy 30 minutes of swimming at lunch – then took a long 15 minute showers.  The showers are totally deluxe – they have the rain shower heads – I could have literally taken a 30 minute shower its so relaxing!

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And I had the whole pool to myself – nice!

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I was hungry by the time I got back to work.  Over the weekend I bought some pork stew meat and made this recipe called carne adovada.  I served it with 1/2 a cup of white rice and a cup and a half of broccoli.  It was tender when I made it, but microwaving it to heat it up, the meat got a little tough – the flavor was good though!

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I realized that since it’s a new month, my gym would have a new group exercise calendar.  While there was still a group class, it was the same teacher but the workout was called Fitness Mix.  We used the step, resistance bands, hand weights and body bars.

Holy cow, this one was a lot harder than last weeks.  She had us doing six sets of one legged squats with bicep curls!

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I can definitely feel my quad muscles this morning!   Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting home until 6:45, Tony was on dinner duty.  He made one of his favorites – Zataran’s red beans and rice with smoked sausage – he cooks it all in the rice maker!  Dinner was ready when I walked in the door – I added a cup of chopped baby spinach to mine.

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And after dinner when I went to download my pictures, Tony left this as our screen saver:

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How did he know I love snowmen?!  Thanks Tony – I love you! Red heart

So I got the most points for my Skinny Snowman Challenge so far – 85!  I earned an extra 25 points for the weekly challenge of doing a different exercise class.

I suppose I need to start getting ready for work – I didn’t win the damn lottery!  Make it a great day!

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  • Jody
    December 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Dinner and a snowman screen-saver…You’re a lucky gal!! (of course tony’s a lucky guy as well) Congrats on group exercise class 2! keep it going. I want that shower head NOW!!! Have a great day Biz!

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Jody!! You are kicking ass with the cross-fit! 😀

  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    December 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Biz! It’s snowing on your granola!!

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I would only be happier if it were raining snowmen!

  • Helenelen
    December 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Granola with chocolate chips in it? I think that would most definitely be crack to me – pretty sure I wouldn’t trust myself around that!

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I find that when I bring it to work, I can only bring one serving – if I leave it in my desk all bets are off!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    December 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Granola is one of my favorite things ever! I’ve been known to eat batches at a time. Oops! haha

  • Erica
    December 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Granola! I need to make some more. Addictive. Yayy for a new group class- so fun

  • Tonyne (@unlikelytonyne)
    December 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

    That granola sounds AMAZING! I will have to try that! 🙂

  • Julia
    December 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

    That desktop pic is too cute. That little story warmed my heart.

  • myjourneytofit
    December 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Your granola recipe sounds good but the lazy in me likes the ovenwork in mine better – plop onto a pan, bake for 15 minutes, stir, then bake for 10 more and remove. Hey, at least I make it, right?

    Sounds like you are having fun with the exercise classes – way to mix it up and keep it fun!

    With your desktop picture, has Tony finally come to the dark side? 😉

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Sadly, no. The snowman on the computer is the only evidence in the whole house that it is Christmas! (shh…don’t tell Tony but I am going to decorate next Monday night when he’s watching Monday night football!)

  • findingradiance
    December 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

    You pictures are so amazing Biz! And the granola looks good, too 😀

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks Lori!

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    December 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Mr. Bizmoto’s a keeper! 🙂

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      He is a keeper! We’ll be married 12 years on December 22!

  • Randi
    December 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Have you tried the cooks illustrated maple almond granola? Its amazing.

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      OMG, Randi, no I have not. Must.go.find.recipe.now! (I actually am an online subscriber – totally worth the $30 bucks a year!)

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    December 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Crack granola! LOL! but it has coconut, so definitely not crack for me.

  • Heather Mursch
    December 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I am NOT a fan of coconut – I’m like the only person I know who doesn’t like it! Coconut and pineapple. Ew.
    That group class sounds awesome. Right up my alley!! 🙂

  • Rhonda (@diningalone)
    December 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I wish I could get over my aversion to working out in front of people, the class sounds fun. I have been doing a lot of work with a 20lb kettlebell lately and it is kicking my butt 🙂

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Holy shizz, a 20 pound kettle bell? that’s great!

  • Sara
    December 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I love those rain showerheads too…if only my gym had them! That is awesome. Love the pork dish you made…looks super delicious. 🙂

  • Errign
    December 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I want one of those showerheads! Good for you for checking out another class – they motivate me so much!

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I agree, I tend to have a competitive edge when I am working out with a group of people – I definitely push myself harder.

  • Aimee
    December 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I cannot keep crackola in my house. I won some in the auction Veronica held and I swear to god it was gone in a few days. It’s almost worse than peanut butter for me.

  • Suzie
    December 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    The Zatarain’s rice and polish sausage is a favorite of my son’s. I like it too, the hubs won’t even touch that though, can you believe that? The classes sound like they are working you! I have way too many icons on my screen that I can barely see a screen saver!

  • Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    December 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Your granola is very picturesque. Looks like a magazine. 🙂

    I try not to have granola around because I’ll eat 10 servings at once. 🙂

    • biz319
      December 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I know, I wish it wasn’t so calorie dense and so flipping good at the same time! 🙁

  • smmuconn
    December 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I have never made my own granola. Biz you have now inspired me 🙂 Tony is the sweetest!

  • Veronica
    December 6, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I totally forgot about your snowmen obsession until you shared that screensaver and now I remember how you have to hold back from buying snowman stuff every year. LOL! I love granola and dang I need to make some. Too bad you lost your granola crack recipe!

  • Marianne
    December 7, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I haven’t made granola in FOREVER, and I am always a fan of anything coconut. Do you think the egg white made much of a difference to the granola? Could you get away with just using the rest of the wet ingredients instead?

  • spunkysuzi (@spunkysuzi)
    December 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Is it bad that I just wanted to grab that spoon that’s in the granola?? Never!! Granola is never bad 🙂

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