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El Dorado Granola

June 24, 2010

It was a dark, stormy night. I was out of granola and wanted to make a unique version.

A flavor interesting, yet simple.

Coconut Turmeric Granola was born.


Granola Commandments: 

I. Thou shalt never use instant oats.

II. I’m usually not a brand name snob, but that shalt never use store brand rolled oats. They fall apart.

III. Though shalt use an appropriate amount of sweetener. NOT 1 cup sugar:1 cup oats.

IV. Though shalt keep it simple. I know I’m not one to talk, but really! Granola recipes come out so much more pure when they only have a few ingredients. Choose two flavors to focus on.

V. If there’s one key to granola, it’s to start with thick rolled oats. You can buy this in bulk and I’ve seen bags by Bob’s Red Mill.

VI. Don’t fear the salt. Salt the granola.

Now that you know the commandments of granola, you’re ready to make the holy grail of granola flavors. I know that sounds extreme, but I’ve tried a ton of recipes and this one is awesome. It sounds like a strange combination, but it’s so good! It goes with rich flavors of chocolate or coffee as well as fruity flavors like strawberry.


El Dorado Granola

Equipment: Spatula, sheet pan with rims

Difficulty: Medium

Time: 25 minutes

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  • 2 cups + 1/4 cup thick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup low fat or regular shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325* F
  2. Warm the honey and oil in a microwave or on the stove. Stir in the salt, 2 cups of rolled oats, coconut and turmeric.
  3. Lightly grease a large sheet pan with additional coconut oil. Pour out the wet oats, pack down into an even layer and top with the additional 1/4 cup oats. [see photo at end]
  4. Bake for 5 minutes then turn/stir with a spatula. Return to oven and stir every 4-5 minutes for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool fully before storing in a plastic container or zip top bag.


Step 3, above.

So, why the turmeric? Turmeric gives the recipe an interesting flavor and goes really nicely with the coconut. Let’s recap turmeric nutrition from a pancake recipe

 turmeric works as a strong, natural anti-inflammatory. It can help anything from post-workout soreness to rheumatoid arthritis, and possibly even prevent cancer!

Let’s talk tannins. Foods that contain tannins include wine, coffee, tea, berries and spices like turmeric. What do these foods have in common?

  1. They stain things easily (think teeth, table clothes)

  2. They have medicinal properties

Why? Because tannins, including tannic acid, are polyphenols. If you’ve heard Alton Brown’s Welch’s commercials you may know something about polyphenols. They are antioxidants that counter harmful free radicals. Free radicals can react with cell DNA creating mutations: potential tumors and the beginning to cancer.

Why does turmeric act as an anti-inflammatory? Curcumin, one of the active components of turmeric, suppresses prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandin constricts muscle cells and acts on the thermoregulatory system to elevate body temperature.

The lesson, kiddies, is to eat your granola and your curry. They may just save your life! :-)


IMG_1982 Also interesting is the coconut I found. It’s “reduced fat” via steam extraction. I’m not into reduced fat anything but I was way curious. The verdict?

In baked goods it’s really good! I want to process it into a flour. I think the lower fat content will prevent it from turning into coconut butter.




PS. Thank you for the sweet comments on this post and this post. You guys are amazing!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. teenagehealthfreak permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:11 am

    this is awesome..I have a whole load of tumeric..b/c i knew it was healthy..but i didn’t know what to do with it! thanks 🙂

  2. June 24, 2010 10:42 am

    I love how you use tumeric in such creative ways! One complaint I have when I make granola is that it isn’t clumpy enough for my taste. You know how store bought granola gets those crunchy clusters? I don’t like it when all the oats are separated, generally. Have any advice?

  3. June 24, 2010 2:18 pm

    This is such a good idea, i bet it tastes amazing! xx

  4. June 24, 2010 9:05 pm

    Mmm, looks so so good!

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