Recipe ReDux: Have Tropical Granola, Will Travel

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, and Ginger // The Spicy RDImagine the scent of homemade granola laced with fragrant ginger, and studded with tropical macadamia nuts and coconut baking in your kitchen.


Now imagine munching on that same delicious granola on your next plane trip while your fellow passengers munch on airplane food.

Lucky you 🙂

Not so lucky them 🙁

Packing snacks for a trip, including granola, energy bars, trail mix, and other goodies, has been a way of life for me, ever since I started a gluten-free diet.

When you’re traveling, especially via airplane, healthy and delicious gluten-free food can be very hard to come by, so I always plan ahead and bring my favorite gluten-free snacks to munch on.

If you read my latest post, you know that I just got back from a trip to Hawaii {Yes, I promise to share those photos soon!}, and one of the things I packed was granola, albeit not homemade, so I was inspired to finally try my hand at making my own homemade granola {SO EASY!} after learning that this month’s Recipe ReDux theme was for ReDuxer’s to share their favorite travel snacks and mini meals.

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, and Ginger // The Spicy RDBig thanks to Karman Meyer at Nutrition Adventures for coming up with this month’s fun Recipe ReDux theme!

“Sometimes, the food is the best part of the journey. Be it business travel or a road trip for pleasure, share your favorite travel snacks/mini meals. Do you pack a special treat for the road to eat in the car or at rest stops? Or do you have a tried & true snack that makes it safely through airport security? Share your healthy recipe for road trip nourishment.”

I also owe some inspirational thanks to my friend Lea who recently posted on my Spicy RD Facebook page that she was looking for a healthy, gluten-free granola recipe.

The trouble with most store-bought granola’s is that they are often loaded with sugar, sometimes up to 16 or more grams per serving.

Well, here you go Lea…this one’s for you!

I’ve kept the sugar in my tropical granola down to a very respectable 6 grams per half cup serving, and as an added bonus, although not low in fat, most of it come from the macadamia nuts and macadamia nut oil which are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Note to my low FODMAPs friends: This recipe is FODMAPs friendly.  The amount of shredded coconut is small, so it shouldn’t be problematic.  To my knowledge, coconut sugar is untested, so you may want to sub in brown sugar instead, and use maple syrup instead of honey.

Think half a cup is a small serving size?

Well, the serving size for many granolas is 1/4 or 1/3 of a cup, so you get more yummy granola with mine for the same amount of calories, and MUCH less sugar. Oh, and for my vegan friends, it’s vegan too!

Pair it with some protein and fruit and you have a super satisfying meal!

Did I say  tastes delicious, and you won’t miss that added sugar even one tiny bit???

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, and Ginger
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Serves: ~4½ cups of 9 servings
  • 3 cups rolled oats {Use certified gluten-free oats, if you are on a gluten-free diet.}
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup macadamia nut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure to mix well, so all ingredients are evenly coated.
  3. Spread oat mixture evenly across baking sheet and place in oven on lowest rack. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Halfway through baking, remove pan from oven and toss oats with a spoon so they cook evenly. Make sure to check your time carefully so mixture doesn't burn.
  4. Remove oats from oven and allow to cool before serving.
Additional nutrition information: Each serving contains 26 g carbohydrates {6 grams sugar}, 4 grams fiber, 4 g protein, 16 g fat {mostly monounsaturated}, and 80 g sodium.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 255

Of course you can serve this yummy granola the traditional way, with dairy or non-dairy milk…

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, and Ginger // The Spicy RDOr you can serve it parfait style with yogurt, or on top of my yummy Breakfast Bananas Foster

Heck, you can even tie it up with a pretty bow and bring it to a friend as a summer hostess gift!

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, & Ginger // The Spicy RDAnd, I’ll betcha’ if you do, your friends will probably invite you back next summer 🙂

Do you like to eat granola?  Have you ever made your own granola before?  What’s your favorite summer hostess gift to bring to your friends???

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  1. Frist of all, welcome back! Yes, I can’t wait to see those pictures ;). I’ve been on the road a lot lately, and I always make sure to pack plenty of snacks for my husband. He wouldn’t have to eat so much trying to keep himself awake if only I would stop sleeping. I try…I’ve never had gluten-free granola before, but that’s about to change. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This will absolutely be the next granola I make – swooning over the flavors (and gorgeous photos!) Can’t wait for those Hawaii photos.

  3. absolutely love your ingredient choices in this granola. They make such nice snack, breakfast and even dessert option. Hope you had a great time in Hawaii.

  4. Bravo! Love this idea and lucky you for having your trip to Hawaii for inspiration!

  5. Lea Rogers says:

    E.A. , this recipe looks great! I have never used macadamia nut oil. Can’t wait! Thank you!

  6. Love, love that you included the flavors of your vacation! I usually make the same old plain Jane granola. But with these fab flavors I could (sorta) pretend I were in tropical Hawaii!

  7. EA, I love granola and coming here reminds me a batch is way overdue. I made a double batch the other day and pretty much we snack on it all day. I even have it as a dessert. 🙂 Lovely and healthy post as always.

  8. Yum! This looks great and your photos are beautiful as always. Can’t wait to see the ones from Hawaii!

  9. Hope you had a great trip! Love snack foods like this. Coconut is my fav!

    • Thanks Kristen-I had a fabulous trip, and bought some super yummy coconut candies at the Waimea Farmers Market :-). Hope you’re having a fabulous summer so far!

  10. Sounds fabulous!! I love the addition of the macadamia nuts (so tropical!). And of course, I’m into coconut, lots of it, in huge flakes! FODMAPs or not, I love it.

  11. Super, feel-good-about-cereal recipe. I do something quite similar (g-f,coconut sugar, little honey) but with sour cherries and almonds. This looks like a total tropical treat. Perhaps also inspired by your recent holiday?

  12. I wish I’d had this mix when we were on the plane to Maui. Those little bags of pretzels are truly horrible. I’ll think ahead next time (I’m hoping there is a next time – loved it) and take your granola with me.

  13. I make granola almost every 2 weeks, love them to bits.. i’ve never tried ginger though, it sounds good. I usually bring my granola bars on trips, loose granola is a bit troublesome on travels. I can’t wait to see your Hawaii photos! sigh..

  14. I love this recipe. It’s the second Redux recipe I’ve seen with macadamia nuts. Hmmmm. Could there be a trend brewing. Beautiful pictures … and I’m sure the recipe is just as beautiful on the taste buds!

  15. I always make granola…chocolate granola, that is! 🙂
    I can double my servings if I make your recipe!! BONUS!

    Hawaii… lucky girl.

  16. Hi

    I am planning to make this with fresh minced ginger. Is that okay too? Thanks.

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