Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coconut Oil & Homemade Granola {Giveaway}


Last week at a dentist's office, we found a granola recipe in an older Highlights magazine. I took pictures of the recipe, and yesterday we modified it to make it work for our family (and pantry).

Our Mothership Adventures Coconut Granola

6 cups of oats
1 cup of dried unsweetened cranberries
1 cup of black raisins
1 cup of golden raisins
2 cups of chopped pecans
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of lightly salted pumpkin seeds
5 tbls of wheat germ
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup of liquid coconut oil (it's so cold in Maine mine has been in a solid state since June)
1 1/2 cups of Agave syrup

Mix everything together and make sure to coat all dry ingredients with wet ones. Spread on two trimmed cookie sheets, that have been covered with aluminum foil and lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. Pat mixture down, and bake in 300F oven for apprx. 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool, then break into small pieces, and store in an airtight container.

For our granola, we used Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, and I have to say, I loved it! Our granola wasn't overly coconutty, in fact, it was just perfect:)

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Tropical Traditions is also giving away a jar of coconut oil to one of our readers! Yay!!!
This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada, only (so sorry, Finns, and my other international readers!). There are two simple, but mandatory steps to take to participate:

1) Please subscribe to Tropical Traditions email Sales Newsletter by clicking here.
2) Then come back to my blog, and tell me in the comments section you have subscribed to the newsletter. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you, in case you win. One comment per person, please.

That's it! Feel free to spread the word, and you have have this week to enter this giveaway. Winner will be chosen on Monday, and he/she will have 48 hours to get back to me with an address, or I will pick a new winner. Good luck! Below I have added information and links on Tropical Traditions and their coconut oil.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality
coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

******* Congratulations to Gina Wildorchid! I will email you, and you have 48 hrs to get back to me. Thanks for playing, everyone!


  1. I signed up! I love using coconut oil.

  2. Looks like a great granola recipe! Yum. AND... I'm a big fan of Tropical Traditions Coconut oil. It does stay pretty solid. Just sit the glass jar into a bigger container of hot water, and then its pourable. I use TT coconut oil in all kinds of kitchen baking, including gluten-free pancakes.


    1. Tried to subscribed, but they already have my email.


  3. I already subscribe to their newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway :)


  4. ME! ME! ME! I want free coconut oil!!!! I subscribed! And I can't wait to try this recipe!! :)

  5. I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions email sales newsletter and I love coconut oil. Thanks for the great recipe.
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  7. I subscribe to the TT newsletter. I love using coconut oil in my granola!

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  9. I subscribe to the TT newsletter.

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  11. I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I love coconut oil and I really need more at this time. Good luck to everyone. kathy195201@yahoo.com

  12. i subscribe to the tropical traditions newsletter. sprice at vnet dot net

  13. I am an existing subscriber.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  14. I'm subscribed to the newsletter...thanks for the giveaway! And your granola recipe sounds WONDERFUL!

  15. I've subscribed to their newsletter. Your granola recipe looks tasty!

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  16. I subscribe!!
    I loveeeeee coconut oil- lookat the quinoa granola recipe on hungryhungryhippie.com, it uses coconut oil and is crazy addictive

  17. Hi, I'm subscribed. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  18. Subscribed, and thank you so much for the giveaway. Also, yay for you for supporting the noble cause of adoption, I believe in it wholeheartedly!

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  19. Subscribed! Love me some coconut oil! :)

  20. I am subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter with the email givenmay@yahoo.com!

    Thanks <3

  21. I subscribed to Tropical Traditions. Thanks! And thanks for the granola recipe too!

  22. I subscribed. I just made a HUGE batch of granola (16 cups of oatmeal!) with coconut oil. If I win, you can e-mail me or contact me via Facebook.

  23. Congratulations to Gina Wildorchid! I will email you, and you have 48 hrs to get back to me. Thanks for playing, everyone!