gluten free coconut granola {and a giveaway}

March 20, 2014  |  Breakfast and Snacks
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Here is a healthy tropical fruit and coconut granola recipe made with gluten free oats and millet. Plus I have a giveaway from Keurig Green Mountain that will hopefully bring a little spring weather this way. Healthy Gluten-free coconut granola recipe

My husband has major sugaring fever right now, and the weather is not cooperating. We got the biggest snow storm of the season last week, two days of no-school as a result, and now it is in the teeeeens. Not freakin’ fair. Especially since this is SUGARING season. The ONLY reason March in Vermont doesn’t stink. And there is no sugaring to be had. Arrrggggg! Okay, sorry for the rant.

Keurig Giveaway

So the friendly folks down the street from Keurig Green Mountain have decided to take pity on a group of we chilled to the core North Eastern Bloggers who are suffering through the lamest March ever, and have bestowed a bit of spring on us.


Have I told you how much I love Green Mountain Coffee? Well, lets see, I drink it every morning. French Roast. As dark and as thick as possible. {I actually do half decaf /half regular for bone health.} My coffee is so good. {Actually my husbands is a little better, but don’t tell him I admitted that.} And this is coming from a girl who will literally drive an extra 20 minutes out of her way to find a better cup of coffee. I am that much of a coffee snob. I love coffee so much that I get excited when I get into bed at night because that means that the next thing I know I will be getting up to have coffee.


Here in Vermont, Green Mountain Coffee is everywhere. Like get a load of this, yesterday morning after I dropped my daughter off at preschool, I headed over to my gym for a morning sweat session. When I get out of the car, a wall of the most incredible roasty toasty coffee smell hits me right in the face. You know that smell? Like after you grind coffee at the supermarket and then it makes your whole car smell so amazing for the drive home. It is THAT smell. It was coming from across the street at the Green Mountain Coffee headquarters. That smell, ohh, it was enough to make me question why the heck I wasn’t heading back to my desk for another cup of coffee and some catching up with my bloglovin’ feed instead of going in for an hour of hard work. But instead I did head in for a work-out… but you better believe it that a cup of coffee is the first thing on my mind when I was done.

Keurig Giveaway!

So as I was saying, the folks over there at Green Mountain Coffee {now known as Keurig Green Mountain} have put together a big old giveaway for you guys! Yippee! They are promoting their newest seasonal flavored coffee, Island Coconut. And they are giving away a beautiful white Keurig machine to one winner. {Then there will be two runners up who will be receiving island coconut coffee.} Enter to win below using the widget below the recipe. Then we can all close our eyes and pretend that there is a little bit of spring going on right here!

Gluten-free Coconut Granola with dried bananas and milletThe other chilled-to-the core New England Bloggers who are taking part of this giveaway are a great group of people. So I’d love it if you visited them too.

Bakeaholic Mama

All Day I Dream About Food

Spiced Blog

Yankee Kitchen Ninja

Healthy Delicious

Sugarfree Mom

Nutmeg Nanny

Running to the Kitchen

Kelly Bakes

Coconut Granola

I have also come up with a tropical inspired coconut granola recipe for the occasion. When I was rounding up all of these healthy breakfast recipes, I came across this idea of using cooked and dried millet. I can’t find that recipe for the life of me. I don’t know if it was a bar or a cereal or what. Anyway, I tried it out here in this recipe. I cooked the millet on the stovetop. Then I spread it out on a baking sheet and let it cool in the fridge. The first test I did, I didn’t spread it out very much and it stayed more wet inside the clumps. The granola I ended up with was really yummy but it was pretty chewy. The second batch I did I spread the millet out completely and then let it sit uncovered in the fridge over night. It was much drier, and the resulting granola was much crunchier. So take that into consideration when you’re making this.

Coconut Granola {gluten-free}

Another ingredient note, I bought most of these ingredients in the bulk section of the health food store. The oats I bought were specifically labled “gluten-free.” Also if you are If you’re watching your added sugars, make sure you are buying unsweetened dried fruit. I really like the Tierra Farm brand.

coconut granola {gluten-free}

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 11 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 211

Fat per serving: 8

coconut granola {gluten-free}

Honey-sweetened granola made with gluten-free oats and millet, coconut oil and dried tropical fruit with unsweetened coconut chips added in for the last part of baking.


  • ¾ cup millet
  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • 4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned) see ingredient note*
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • generous pinch salt

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • ½ cup dried banana chips, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit, such as apricots and pineapple


  1. Bring millet and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and let cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered 10 minutes. Spread cooked millet out into a thin layer on a large rimmed baking sheet and transfer to the refrigerator to cool and dry out, uncovered, 1 hour to 1 day in advance.
  2. Arrange two oven racks evenly spaced in oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. Crumble the millet into a large mixing bowl. Add oats, sunflower seeds and salt and toss to combine. Heat oil and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in allspice.
  4. Add to the oat mixture and stir to coat completely. Spread mixture out over the two prepared baking sheets. Transfer to the oven and bake 20 minutes. Rotate pans top to bottom and continue baking 15 to 20 minutes. Stir granola and top with the coconut and rotate pans again. Bake 3 minutes longer and turn oven off. Let granola sit in hot oven, undisturbed until crisp and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Cool on the baking sheet. Stir in banana and dried fruit. Store in an air-tight container in freezer for up


3 grams saturated fat. 3 grams fiber. 5 grams protein. 15 mg sodium. ingredient note* Though oats are naturally gluten-free, many oat manufacturing facilities actually contaminate oats with gluten in processing. If you are gluten intolerant be sure to look for oats that are specifically labeled gluten-free.

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Fine Print: Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open until 3/27 at 12am.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received free samples of Island Coconut Coffee from Keurig Green Mountain. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. Love this coconut inspired granola Katie and your pictures as always are fantastic! Love that fact all New England bloggers participated in this give away, I feel so special and yet Spring has still not sprung here LOL!
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  2. My favorite thing about Spring is the warmer temps after a horrible winter! Hopefully one of these days we’ll get the warmer temps!!!

  3. This looks delicious, Katie! I love coconut…and I’m a huge coffee snob, too. Ummm…can I say how jealous I am that you live right next door to Green Mountain? I think I would just outside their doors all day enjoying the smell and begging for samples from anyone who walked out. This granola looks amazing…pinning now!
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  4. My favorite thing about spring is arugula.

  5. Coffee snobs unite! 🙂 Also, totally jealous you live that close to their headquarters! I guess VT has it’s perks, although I’ll take my almost completely melted snow over your blizzard from last week.
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  6. My brain doesn’t work without coffee.

  7. I love this idea! Coconut coffee sounds awesome! My favorite thing about spring is going out for runs in the warmer weather 🙂

  8. Recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win 🙂

  9. Island Coconut coffee?! For REALS?! my coffee routine just got smashed in the BEST way possible!

    and PS – tots having this granola with my cup of joe 🙂
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  10. That I won’t have to pile on another layer when eating ice cream! =D

  11. My favorite thing about spring is the flowers! I seriously love coffee too, but that’s good in every season 🙂

  12. rhubarb anyway I can get it!!!

  13. OK, this is awesome, as I’m a recent convert to millet (although it freaks me out that it’s also an ingredient in the birdfood we put out during the winter).
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  14. Oh, this granola is calling my name!. Such a bummer that sugaring isn’t happening (and I was just enjoying some VT maple syrup this morning on my whole grain pancakes.) I feel like we are owed something for surviving this winter – ha 🙂

  15. My favorite thing about spring is packing away parkas, snow boots, scarves, etc. So tired of bundling up!

  16. Dogwood trees in bloom is a favorite of Spring for me.

  17. All the beautiful flowers, and the hummingbirds come back!

  18. Spending more time outside and enjoying my backyard and the warmer temps! 😀

  19. pedicures and flip flops!
    flowers! riding in the car with the windows down!

  20. My two favorite things about Spring is hearing the birds chirp and being able to smell the freshness in the air!

  21. I love all the flowers coming out!

  22. Ugh, can’t the snow just be done?! I just heard that we might get a little snow here in NY on Tuesday/Wednesday. It’s spring… I expect the weather to act as such, haha.

    So funny, I’m working on a gluten-free granola post right now! Great minds think alike 😉 This looks great!!
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  23. Would love to live nearby so I could enjoy that coffee aroma! Mmmmm!

  24. As a courier, not having to drive in snow or blizzards or ice storms would be my most favorite thing about spring! 2nd would be my bulbs coming up to greet me! Love the daffodils and tulips. and the thought of getting my garden going.

  25. The flowers and trees are absolutely beautiful. I also love the fresh air, and happy faces. Coffee is a year round, erryday fave 🙂

  26. I love the fresh clean air in Spring…the rebirth of beautiful flowers and baby birds!

  27. Farmers markets with abundant produce in the springtime!

  28. I’m looking forward to buying fresh flowers at the farmers market. To me, flowers equal spring!

  29. No more sub-zero mornings (except tomorrow) and that it finally stops snowing!

  30. My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather and trail running (and the longer days).

  31. I love freesias and lilacs and the daylight later in the day!

  32. Snowdrops are my favourite thing about spring!

  33. Spring,my favorite season. Everything starts to bloom, colors are rampant, babies are being born. Rejoice , we made it through another winter.

  34. The snow will be gone soon; spring/summer fruit, the evenings are lighter
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  35. I love the warmer weather and being able to take my dog for walks!
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  37. Yum! You had me with “Coconut” Katie 🙂


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