Tropical Paleo Granola by Michelle Tam
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Tropical Paleo Granola

This grain-free Paleo granola is crunchy, not too sweet, and infused with tropical flavors that remind me of my favorite fruity beachside drinks!  Just a handful of this stuff delivers a mildly-sweet, nutty, tropical crunch like nothing else.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Granola, Paleo, Primal
Servings: 7 cups
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple approximately 1-inch cubes or canned pineapple cubes (in 100% fruit juice)
  • 5 large Medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped (approximately ½ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • 3 cups raw almonds I use a combination of raw almonds that are roughly chopped, slivered, and sliced.
  • 3 cups raw unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts roughly chopped
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt


  • Before you get your hands dirty, preheat the oven to 250°F with two racks evenly spaced. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, foil, or silicone liners.
  • In a food processor or high speed blender, add the pineapple, dates, orange juice, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blitz until everything is liquefied. Pour in the melted coconut oil, and blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, combine the almonds, coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and salt. Toss well with your hands.
  • Spoon the wet ingredients on top of the dry and mix well.
  • Divide the Paleo granola onto the two lined baking sheets, and spread it into a thin single layer.
  • Place the trays in the oven to cook for approximately 2 hours. Toss the granola about every 20 minutes and rotate the trays at the one hour mark. Watch the granola like a hawk in the last half hour—it can go from golden brown to burnt in a blink of an eye.
  • When the granola is golden-brown, take the trays out of the oven and cool to room temperature. 
  • Pack your homemade Paleo granola in a sealed container, and it’ll last for a couple of weeks (assuming you and your loved ones don’t demolish it first!).
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