Kiwifruit Coconut Granola {gluten free, oat free}

11 Aug

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Overnight oats, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and homemade protein bars… these are a few of my favorite hot-weather breakfasts. Because when I’m rushing around, getting ready in the morning for work, the last thing I want is to eat warm food that just increases my internal temperature.

Granola is another one of those favorites. I like to mix it up by serving with yogurt, milk, or just on its own as a snack. This granola bakes up quickly (for minimal oven time), and tastes absolutely amazing!

Kiwifruit Coconut Granola |

It’s grain free, which makes it naturally gluten free, and has just the right amount of sweetness thanks to honey and dehydrated kiwi.

Yep, I dried out some SunGold kiwifruit to pair with this granola! My boyfriend recently surprised me with a dehydrator, something I’ve wanted for a long time but never did the research. Luckily, he did for me, and one day I came home to a brand new dehydrator sitting on our kitchen table!

My mind began racing, planning out what I would dehydrate first. Fruits? Veggies? Snacks? Pantry staples? It was so overwhelming in the best way! And then came along the Zespri kiwifruit challenge, and it seemed so obvious that I should dehydrate these gorgeous yellow fruits, and mix them in with a nut and seed-based granola.

Kiwifruit Coconut Granola |

This granola is packed with all the good fats, can easily be made vegan by using maple syrup in place of honey, and is versatile, so you can use whichever nuts and seeds you prefer or have on hand.

The kiwi add a vitamin punch, as they’re high in both C and E, and when dried, have an amazing chewy texture, which pairs perfectly with the crunchy granola and creamy yogurt. Enjoy as a breakfast, lunch, or hearty snack!

Kiwifruit Coconut Granola |

Kiwifruit Coconut Granola

Makes 12 servings

  • 1 C chopped raw almonds
  • 1 C chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/2 C pepitas
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 C cooked Quinoa
  • 1 C shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 C raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced thin. Dehydrate 18 hours in a dehydrator or a low oven

Dehydrate your kiwifruit ahead of time. Fresh kiwifruit baked with the granola will burn. Alternatively, you can serve the baked granola with fresh sliced kiwifruit if desired.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (except kiwi).

In a small bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, honey and extract. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to coat.

Spread the granola in an even layer on the prepared sheet – don’t break up any clumps, as these will be extra delicious!

Bake at 300 for 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Remove and allow to cool completely on the pan. Stir in the dehydrated kiwi and store in an airtight container in your pantry, up to two weeks.

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22 Responses to “Kiwifruit Coconut Granola {gluten free, oat free}”

  1. carmyy August 11, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    The toppings look delicious!

  2. Powered by BLING (@PoweredbyBLING) August 11, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    I love the idea of adding the dehydrated kiwi to the granola. Sticky, delicious and sinful looking – but still healthy! YUM!

    • xtinaluvspink August 11, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Yes, exactly what I was going for! I hate dry granola.

  3. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets August 11, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    This looks good! I’ve never had dehydrated kiwi but I did hear that dehydrators work really well!

    • xtinaluvspink August 11, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      I love my dehydrator! It’s especially great when you overstock on produce and can’t eat it all before it goes bad.

  4. sarah@creatingbettertomorrow August 11, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Now i have NEVER thought of kiwi in granola…but we just had some at lunch and my boys love it, they might just like this too!

    • xtinaluvspink August 11, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      Kiwi adds a nice tartness to the sweet, nutty granola!

  5. Abbey August 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    This is my kinda breakfast! Love kiwi!

  6. Becki @ Fighting for Wellness August 11, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    I have a dehydrator, but it has never occurred to me to put kiwi in it! What a great idea and I’m so excited to try the granola.

  7. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) August 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    ooh I bet dehydrated kiwi is DA BOMB!

  8. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian August 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    What a great idea! Sounds refreshing and filling but not heavy, perfect for summer breakfasts. Great post.

    • xtinaluvspink August 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      Thank you! It’s totally not heavy, but fills me up until lunch easily.

  9. ilkasblog August 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Christina – this is a great granola recipe with great quality ingredients! So great for active people!

  10. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) August 12, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    Homemade granola is the best granola! Looks delicious.

  11. Kimberly August 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    This looks delicious. Homemade granola is the best!

  12. Christine August 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    Always looking for quick breakfast recipes and it looks like I found another. Thank you for sharing!

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