Honey Almond Coconut Granola

Do you remember back to when you first became interested in your health? For me it was during freshman year when I ever so timidly started to dip my toes into healthy living.

All throughout high school, I never really thought about my health. I walked to and from school, but never did any other kind of exercise. I ate fruits and vegetables, but I also binged on pizza, pop and chocolate when I was with my friends. These habits continued into my first year of university.

But one day, after months of curiously walking past the exercise room in my residence, I finally got up the courage to climb up onto that elliptical and give it a try. I think I only lasted 15 minutes my first time, but I stepped off feeling sweaty, happy, and accomplished.

After I started exercising (even though it was infrequently) I also began paying more attention to my diet. Before this, I would have a greasy cafeteria breakfast of eggs, toast, and tater tots. But one day instead of my usual, I grabbed a yogurt, a banana, and a bowlful of Harvest Crunch from the cafeteria and mixed them together. That’s all I ate for breakfast for the rest of the year.

Since then, I’ve realized Harvest Crunch isn’t the epitome of healthy (hello uber-processing and a thousand grams of sugar per serving) – but I’ve always loved Harvest Crunch’s flavour combination of honey + almond + coconut. So when I ran out of granola this week, I decided to replenish my stash with a granola with those flavours.

Honey Almond Coconut Granola

Makes about 3 cups

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then mix the oats, almonds and coconut together in a large bowl.

Honey almond coconut granola

In a small saucepan over low heat, mix the honey, oil and vanilla. Then pour into the dry ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Spread the mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, making sure to stir every 10 minutes.

Let cool and then place in an airtight container. Enjoy it with yogurt, milk, oatmeal, or just by itself.

Honey almond coconut granola

I tested it out on top of a bowl of banana chia oatmeal with soy nut butter. This is hands down my favourite granola recipe to date!

Afterwards I went on a 3.37 mile run. It’s funny to think about how 4 years ago I could barely do 15 minutes on the elliptical, and now I can run more than 4 miles on a good day.

Before I first started exercising and eating well, I never thought I would be able to lose weight, enjoy healthy eating, or run without wanting to throw up. But all I needed was to take that first step. It’s amazing how one healthy change is all it takes.

When did you become interested in healthy living? What was your first step?

What are your favourite flavours for granola?


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19 Responses to Honey Almond Coconut Granola

  1. I never gave healthy eating/living a second thought until I was in college. In high school, I didn't care what I ate and was more concerned with having fun with my friends!

  2. I lovelove peanut butter and raisins in granola! But this one looks fantastic of course :)

  3. My mom started doing Weight Watchers and I started to pay more attention to what I was eating, although to be honest ever since I was in middle school I was aware of what I shouldn't be eating but ate it anyway. Between my freshman year of high school and the summer before my sophomore year I slowly shed about 20 lbs. by slowly making my habits more and more healthy! I too never thought I'd be able to run but now I'v run a half marathon! And next is a marathon!

  4. True healthy living didn't start for me until well after college. But I did start regularly exercising my 2nd year of college. Great post!

  5. I was the same way in high school. Pop, pizza, and lots of candy :D Those definitely weren't my healthiest years, but I wouldn't go back and change them anyways. I started getting more interested in my health sometime in the middle of college, butttttt I took it too far and spiraled into an ED hell, so I'd have to say that my interest in REAL health developed during my recovery over the past year or so. Before that it was all about weight loss, now it's about being the healthiest/happiest that I can be :)

  6. It wasn't until the end of high school that I really got into eating healthy. I was always pretty active but I ate crap. I'm so happy to be a healthy eater now :D

  7. I think I first became interested in healthy living in ninth grade because I wanted to lose weight and my parents went on the South Beach diet. I didn't know how to diet properly and didn't start really exercising until a year later. I struggled with disordered eating for a couple of years at the beginning of college but have recovered and know that being healthy is all about balance and being happy! I'm now a senior in college and think that healthy living is really a learning process. :)

  8. mmm love the combo of honey, coconut, and almond!i grew up in a pretty healthy family and was always active – i played multiple sports from ages 5-18, but i don't really think i took charge of my own health or even really cared about it until high school, around the ages of 15 or 16.

  9. You're so right, all it takes is a few baby steps at a time, then it's easy to become hooked on eating right and exercise :) I became interested in healthy living about a year and a half ago, when I was sixteen. I realised that you can pick and choose the things you really like rather than just feeling like you have to exercise 'just to exercise' or you have to eat food you don't enjoy just because its healthy!

  10. I remember the days when 15 minutes on an elliptical was hard.. isn't it crazy to see how far we've come!?I had a cooking class in eighth grade and I remember watching a video about fast food that showed how bad taco salads were. I was freaked out because I always thought I was making a healthy choice! From there I got more interested in nutrition, but it took a bad turn before it got better. Now I'm health conscious in a good way!

  11. I first became crazy about healthy living when I was in my early teens…and I've never really stopped…Thanks for sharing you story!

  12. I started thinking about healthy heating in about grade 10. I was doing a lot of dancing and always looking for snack bars to take with me for when I would go straight from school to the studio. I would get my bars from a health food store I lived near by and I was so intrigued by all the other food items :)

  13. I started my journey of 'healthy living' in June 2004. Even though I was losing weight, I don't think my approach was healthy in terms of choices ie I was on Weight Watchers and a lot of my points went of 100-cal packs and similar kind of processed foods! I think it was around 2006/2007 when I actually got interested in healthy foods and the quality of what i'm eating as opposed to just calories. Similarly fitness became a big part of life and something which i enjoyed in 2006! No turning back, thats for sure!

  14. For me, I started becoming "healthy" for all the wrong reasons. My interest in healthy foods was solely a means of losing weight.. which is why I think ultimately my devotion to health because incredibly UNHEALTHY. In the past few weeks I've been eating pizza, cheeseburgers, ice cream, white flour, butter, and to be honest – I feel healthier in the mind and body than I have in years! Moderation is life!

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