Date-Sweetened Granola with Peanut Butter,
Coconut, and Dried Fruit Recipe
photo by recipe author

Servings: 4 cups
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

  • 1 cup water
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon
    coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned
    rolled oats
  • 1 cup assorted raw nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened
    coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried
    fruit (berries, cranberries, and cherries are my favorites)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees ºF.

Bring a small saucepan with water and dates to a rapid boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until it is the consistency of chunky applesauce. Allow to cool and puree in a blender or food processor. Pour into a small bowl with the peanut butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and chia seeds. Then pour the date mixture over the oats and stir until evenly combined.

Spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes stirring halfway through and checking closely near the end to make sure it doesn’t burn.

While the granola is baking, pour the coconut flakes into a large dry saucepan and place over medium heat. Toss and stir frequently until the coconut turns a light brown color and becomes fragrant. Remove from heat and quickly transfer to a container to stop the browning.

Pour the coconut flakes and dried fruit over the warm granola and allow to cool before transferring to an airtight container.

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