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I've always been an experimentalist in the kitchen. Just ask my Mom. I loved to invent new recipes when I was younger. Though I flopped a lot I never lost that drive to tinker with flavors and food whilst creating my own signature versions. Now, I've added experience, photography and the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle to my repertoire and I'm excited to bring you my brand new adventures!Since I don't believe in sacrificing my taste buds for the sake of health here is where you're going to find the recipes I've scoured for (and more than likely tweaked) to be successes in that brutal criteria. I guarantee vibrant flavor and textures that will make you happy that you switched to REAL food.So please come on in! Grab a spoon and a mug before you cozy in at my kitchen table. We'll chat awhile about health and life and all the things we love while I serve you up some of my favorites!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Crunchy Coconut Granola

            I had high hopes for this granola.
 Maybe it's ridiculous to want a oats based granola that has tons of flavor, crunch, and tastes moist and full of fat without truly being so.
It smelled amazingly coconutish.
It had the basis of all the right ingredients and a glowing overview from the recipe creator.
How crestfallen I was when it turned out not to meet my expectations. For one thing it wasn't sweet enough for me, I would probably double the Stevia powder amount. And it was a bit too dry and loose for me, not enough clumps even though I added extra egg whites when I got suspicious about it not holding any shape in the mixing bowl. I think the extra whites steamed it more so than browned it though. I'm not sure if I tried a sticky erythritol syrup if that would help hold it all together? I like this recipe's flavors ( I added coconut and almond extract to mine) and concept, so I would like to try to tweak it to my vision of a perfect E go-to-granola.
 While I'm still searching for (or recreating) that perfect recipe at least, for now, I have a baggie of granola to scratch that itch I sometimes get. If you're feeling adventurous give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! This is an E style granola which is really nice to throw a handful on your morning bowl of yogurt of layer it up for a parfait for a little more fancy effect.


  1. This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sarah,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I always love to hear from my readers! I hope it turned out well for you!

  2. I tried this and ended up burning it since I baked it longer, waiting for it to crisp up. I didn't like the coconut flavor.

    I've since tried pan-crisped oats and they work ok for a quick granola.

    1. Oh I'm sorry this recipe didn't turn out for you. I have to say that I was disappointed in it when I made it too. It's still in the tweaking stages. Please do tell how you make pan-crisped oats? I'm so curious!


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