Banana, Almond and Coconut Granola, or Whatever You Want to Call It

For completely irrational reasons, I seem to be scared of the word granola. It’s as if I don’t really understand all the true ingredients that go into a granola and exactly how you’re supposed to cook it. Silly of me I know. I mean, who cares what the definition of granola is.

Well, obvioiusly I ended up looking it up. According to Google and Wikipedia today 2 March 2016:

Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency.

Oats, nuts, honey. Tick. Sometimes puffed rice. None in mine. Usually baked until crisp. Nop, I cooked mine in a pan. The key word is usually, so I should be ok with calling this a granola.

This is the kind of granola I make when I need to make it on the same morning of the breakfast. It brings the most lovely smell to the kitchen. It’s so quick and easy, and like the usual oven baked type, you can also store it for up to… actually I have no idea for up to how long because if I make a big batch it’s usually gone in two or three days.



Banana, Almond and Coconut Granola Recipe


2 cups rolled oats, 2 cups barley, 1 cup thinly sliced almonds, 1/2 cup grated coconut, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup coconut oil, bananas

Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the oats, barley and almonds. Cook and stir until it begins to turn into a golden colour. Add the honey. Cook and stir until it turns even more golden. Add the grated coconut. Cook and stir for a few seconds only.

Remove from the stove. Serve into bowls with slices of fresh banana. Serve with milk. I love the taste of this with almond milk.

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  1. apuginthekitchen 2016-03-03 at 00:16

    Oh don’t get me started on Facebook, I HATE Facebook with a passion I just had to hire a professional to help me navigate trying to deal with issues. I rarely if ever post anything but at the recommendation of a friend I set up 2 pages a personal page and one for my blog and its not working at all. Anyway, won’t go on anymoe I could rant for days. Love your granola and I enjoy it with banana always it’s delicious and one of my very favorite things. We make our granola almost exacrtly the same, I use the almond pulp from almond milk in mine as well as pecans and pepitas and shredded coconut. It’s so good. i prefer instagram and twitter also.

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:38

      Really you got a professional and it’s not working?
      Do you make your own almond milk? Is that why you use the pulp? Thanks for your lovely granola extra ideas xx

      1. apuginthekitchen 2016-03-04 at 18:48

        Yea a professional and she is having a hard time. I make my own almond milk I save the pulp and freeze it and use in granola. It’s so good

        1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:50

          Amazing. And so amazing that you make your own almond milk, is it difficult and does it take a long time?

          1. apuginthekitchen 2016-03-04 at 23:28

            So simple Sophia, simple soak raw almonds in filtered or spring water overnight. Drain the next day and add to processor or blender with clean filtered water. Blend or process until the almonds are broken down and it looks milky. Drain through cheesecloth or nut bag. Refrigerate the milk and freeze the pulp. When blending the milk you add a pinch of sea salt, if you like some honey or maple syrup, vanilla or just haven it with nothing added. Super easy and so much better than anything commercially prepared.

            1. Sofia 2016-03-05 at 16:04

              That doesn’t sound too hard 😉 One questions, can you use almonds with the skin on our must they be without?
              Then this pulp you use in your granola?

              1. apuginthekitchen 2016-03-05 at 16:08

                Yea I use almond with the skin it gives it a nice off white color! Delicious

                1. Sofia 2016-03-05 at 16:09

                  ok great! I’ll let you know when I try making it <3

  2. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2016-03-03 at 04:54

    I did not know you had a Papaya Pieces Facebook page. And in a word: why? I agree, delete it! About 2 weeks ago, I actually went for over 8 days of not checking or posting anything on Facebook. And you know what? The world didn’t end! HAHAHAHA!

    So…simplify your life…

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:39

      You said it: why? haha Well at that time I though why not. I’ve been wanting to delete for a year so lets see if I do it, for example, this weekend.
      Of course the world didn’t end!

  3. Dorcas 2016-03-03 at 05:25

    Ugh, Facebook. I too am not a fan, though I use it mostly to keep in touch with family in far-flung places. I tend to think that unless the ones you want to connect with are far away it’s always better to have old-fashioned, non-digital “real-life” contact. But anyway…Yay, granola! This is an awesome recipe because it doesn’t involve the oven at all yet everything gets toasty! Genius. Also, granola is one of the friendliest things we can can encounter, especially first thing in the morning. No need to fear it or the word! 🙂

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:41

      Exactly for people close by, as you say, its better to old-fashiones non-digital real life.
      Yep, granola is very friendly in the morning, and even more so when it’s hot and freshly made and lovely smelling. Or I think so anyway. xx

  4. Evelina 2016-03-03 at 07:17

    One literally can smell your granola only by reading this post, Sofia! 🙂 I definately should try it …but without any oil! What about FB – just don’t care!!! 😀

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:41

      Hi Evelina!!! How are you doing? We should have a chat soon 🙂
      Yep, FB don’t care 😀

  5. Mabel Kwong 2016-03-03 at 09:55

    I feel you on having to keep up social media around your blog. To be honest, I don’t really feel compelled to post much on my blog’s Facebook, and even Twitter these days. It’s quite an…effort. Life is busy enough as it is and any free time I have I usually want to sit back and do nothing.

    I love your banana and coconut granola photos. Mouth watering 😀

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:44

      Actually you said it, on Twitter neither. I’m a lot more visual so twitter is a bit of a blur for me. And when I want to read something, I want to read something properly (as in not a short morse full of # # #), thats also why twitter is a blur for me. Yes life is busy enough, you should enjoy all the wonderful things around you.
      You can make this granola.. 😉

  6. elizabeth 2016-03-03 at 14:29

    I’m with you on a blog’s FB account–while I get why one would want it, I just don’t have the energy to be making and then posting photos with random quotes superimposed on them (as that seems to be the most shared content coming from pages these days). Instagram can at least be fun and Snapchat still mystifies me, but Twitter and FB both seem so exhausting these days.

    This granola on the other hand looks fantastic–I may need to make a batch to keep at my desk.

    1. Sofia 2016-03-04 at 18:47

      Do you have a blog FB page? I can’t see it through your blog. I think FB has just got soooo complicated, so many options that you can do, so much advertisement on it, that it begins to be a bore.
      Oh do make a batch of granola, homemade granola is the best!

  7. Darya 2016-03-05 at 11:16

    So, I’ve been meaning to comment this post, and then I forgot. But now I remembered! Well, I must say I use my personal Facebook to keep in touch with friends who are far away, it has proved practical, and has allowed me to see friends in unexpected ways (like this friend from Moscow who happened to be in Prague the same days that I was visiting, and we got together, and had the greatest time; I would never have known if she hadn’t written something on FB).
    My blog page I use to communicate about new posts and share other posts I enjoy around the blogosphere, I enjoy it, but don’t spend too much time on it. I am enjoying my Instagram adventure, but have mixed feelings about HOW many people use it. At least you don’t have to spend hours on it, but I am not sure I like it better than FB.
    Oh well… all that being said, you should totally make your own almond milk, it is so much better than store-bought, and so easy to make! I also make my own cashew milk, as you don’t have to strain the pulp (and then think of different ways of using it). Plus I make half-liter bottles, which suits my uses of milk much better (though I also occasionally use cow’s milk too). And granola is super versatile! That’s what I love about it! I really like how you’ve just toasted it, intstead of baking. A great alternative for small batches and busy days. Have a great weekend!

    1. Sofia 2016-03-05 at 16:14

      Yes our personal facebooks are practical to keep up with friends that are far away, because of the messenger part I think… You’re right I think less people use Instagram, but I just find it “easier” to enjoy somehow.
      Yes Suzanne from A Pug in the Kitchen has given me a lesson here on how to make almond milk, and I will definitely be trying it! Wow you make cashew milk too? So impressed. Granola is nearly as versatile as salad 😉
      Bon weekend! Bisous

  8. Sophie33 2016-03-07 at 15:01

    A yummy delightful granola! I love it too! MMMMM!

  9. Mitzie Mee 2016-03-07 at 19:27

    The granola looks delicious, and regarding your Facebook page, I’ve been having the same thoughts. As a matter of fact, I deleted my two, rather big, Facebook pages about a year ago, because Facebook seemed so fake. In Dubai it’s common for bloggers to buy followers and to boost posts (resulting in bought likes), and I really didn’t want to be a part of that game. Besides, I don’t use my personal Facebook account a lot either, I only use messenger:) I have created a new Facebook page again, because I was thinking I would use it more like SnapChat (with the new video function), but I haven’t really bothered yet:)

    1. Sofia 2016-03-07 at 20:14

      You’ve deleted two facebooks? Ahh not you’re my inspiration and I definitely will do it soon.
      I use my personal one mainly for the messenger too!

    2. Sofia 2016-03-07 at 21:53

      PS Buying followers is so unelegant and ridiculous…

  10. Karen 2016-03-08 at 22:57

    What a nice way to start the day. I’m the wrong person to ask about Facebook, I have nothing but problems with mine…I can’t get any of my posts to show up on it. 😀

  11. Sabiscuit 2016-03-09 at 05:35

    I’ll follow your recipe, several times over and eat it. What’s in a name, right? It’s a brilliant granola recipe. Thanks so much for this. <3

  12. Patty Nguyen 2016-03-15 at 00:59

    How come I did not know you have a Papaya Pieces FB? Well, I guess I won’t miss it if you delete it then! Teehee!


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