Still, it looks like the final month of the year is now in full swing, which means that it’s time to start planning out holiday gifts! For those of you who, like me, prefer to go the more affordable and DIY route, I can already say from this experience that this Pina Colada Granola recipe makes for a fantastic healthy holiday gift! I looks pretty darn adorable in a mason jar, it’s quick and easy and healthy to make, and it’s guaranteed to “warm” up any of your friends who might be wistfully dreaming about tropical getaways. Oh, and you might want to save some for yourself too. ;)
Speaking of gifts, I’m also stoked to announce that we are kicking off the month of December with a rockin’ giveaway for two winners from Nature Box. (And — bonus — if you enter the promo code GIMMESOME, all of you great readers can get 50% off your first Nature Box order!) Read on for the details…
I wish I could tell you that the inspiration for this pina colada granola came after sipping frozen drinks out of a big pineapple with little umbrellas sticking out on a sunny, sandy beach somewhere. But alas, it’s cold, it’s December, and I’m still living in The City Farthest Away From Pretty Much All Beaches (yes, Kansas City).
Actually, the inspiration was much more delicious and came from receiving my latest shipment of snacks from Nature Box. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of this brilliant company, Nature Box delivers hand-picked, healthy snacks to your door each month. (More about them with the giveaway below!) And it just so happened that this past month, the snack that greeted me upon opening that classic green box was a beautiful bag of dried pineapple rings.
No wimpy, overly-sugar-coated little pineapple bits here.
Just a bag of lovely, vibrant, “Big Island Pineapple Rings”. They instantly made me think of my favorite island drink, a yummy pineapple coconut pina colada. And since I was due for a new batch of homemade granola, I decided to bust out some coconut (flakes + oil) along with some other favorite ingredients to make a batch of pina colada granola.
All you need to make it are some oats, nuts (I used pecans), coconut flakes (you could also use shredded coconut), honey, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and lots of those beautiful pineapple rings.
Stir everything together, minus the coconut flakes and pineapple.
Pop it in the oven to bake for awhile. Then add in the coconut at the end and bake for a final 10 minutes. (I do this so that the coconut doesn’t get too toasted.) And then once it’s baked, toss the granola with the pineapple. And voila — pina colada granola is yours to enjoy. Or give away. Or both!!
Seriously, if you are looking for a healthier foodie gift alternative to cookies or desserts galore, I guarantee everyone would love a jar of this. And it’s quick and easy and affordable. And it just tastes darn good.
(Scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe.)
And speaking of holiday foodie gifts, I’m stoked that Nature Box is sponsoring a giveaway on the site today for two lucky readers to win a 6-month supply of Nature Box snacks!
I have long been a fan of Nature Box since a friend introduced me to them months and months ago. But for those who have not heard of Nature Box, allow me to introduce you.
In a nutshell (ahem, I especially recommend the Nature Box peppery pistachios “nutshells”), Nature Box is a subscription service that delivers 5 healthy snacks to your door each month. Each snack is healthy and nutritionist approved and made from ingredients you can feel good about eating. I’m not kidding. I can always recognize (and pronounce!) every ingredient listed on the back of each package. And each snack contains no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors.
But in addition to being healthy, I can vouch that these snacks are also super tasty. You can read about their selection of different snacks here. But I would personally recommend the Chia Seed Crackers, Sunshine Chips, Blueberry Almonds, Toasted Cheddar Stix, Lone Star Snack Mix, and of course, the Big Island Pineapple Rings. Literally, I have liked each snack I’ve received. (And as a bonus, many of the snacks are vegan, which has been a bonus for sharing with some of my vegan friends!)
So if you are looking for an awesome holiday gift that will keep on giving — either for a loved one, or even as a gift to yourself! — I wholeheartedly recommend giving Nature Box a try. If you enter the promo code GIMMESOME (or just click this link), you can even get 50% off any of the three box sizes. But I would also highly recommend entering the giveaway below as well. Just follow the directions on the widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
This pina colada granola recipe is healthy, simple, and full of great tropical flavor!
4 cups old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)
1 cup pecans (or almonds, walnuts, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 cup diced dried pineapple (I used Nature Box)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, pecans, honey, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until evenly combined. Spread mixture out on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove sheet, sprinkle coconut flakes on top of the granola and gently stir them into the mix. Return sheet to oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until coconut is toasted and the granola is cooked.
Remove sheet from oven and let cool to room temperature. Add in diced dried pineapple, and toss to combine.
Store in a sealed container and keep for up to 3 weeks.
Disclaimer: This is a post and giveaway are sponsored by Nature Box. All opinions are 100% my own, as always. I’m just stoked to share about this cool and healthy product with you. So thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible!
who doesn’t love getting delicious snacks in the mail?
I have been wanting to try nature box!
I’m very interested to try this for me and my sons!
I’d love to win a subscription because I tend to fall into a snack rut (or worse, don’t plan for them at all!) when it’s up to me to get them myself. Plus the Nature Box products look amazing!
Every example you gave sounds delicious.
Would love to win this giveaway… yay for healthy snacks in the mail!
I would love to win a subscription to NatureBox because It will help me eat healthy at work! I’m a night shift nurse and temptations tend to strike around 1 am. Having a healthy snack on hand will help curb those temptations and help me reach my health & fitness goals!
I’d love to try their healthy snacks!
My favorite Nature Box snack would be the Sunshine Chips. I would love to try this healthy snack box delivery service!
Delicious-sounding granola and great giveaway!! Love NatureBox! :)
I love to snack, so this would help me keep it healthy!
I have got to check out nature box!!! These days I need all the healthy grab and go snacks I can get my hands on. :)
Oh the possibilities with all the new snacks! I can hardly stand it :)
I would love to try these healthy snacks.
I WOULD LOVE TO GET SOME HEALTHY SNACKS IN MY HOME:):):)
.. because its the last month of the year and EVERYBODY is thinking about starting the year off right!
This looks so yummy! Great idea for a gift… it would be really cute with a festive ribbon around the top of the ball jar.
I’m a nibbler, and this sounds like a better alternative to some of the stuff I snack on. Thanks!
Healthy treats in the mail, right up my alley!
I absolutely love the blueberry almonds and the Peanut Butter Nom Noms. I paused my subscription through the holiday season to save a little money.
I just subscribed to Naturebox and got my first box. Everything was yummy. It’s nice to have a variety of healthy snacks in the house.
I’d love to win because I’d love to try new snacks, have healthy snacks on hand for my husband, toddler & I and who doesn’t love to win free stuff? Thanks for the giveaway!
I am trying to eat healthier and these sound both healthy and delicious. The Big Island pineapple rings especially caught my eye…I live in Hilo, on the Big Island!
As a working Mom, I always worry if I’m feeding my family healthy enough food. I think if I won this giveaway, I’d be assured they were snacking healthy! What an awesome giveaway! YUM!
Who doesn’t love healthy snacks by mail?!?!
I’d love to win a subscription to try lots of different things, but all without all that processed stuff!
I’m constantly looking for new healthy snack ideas, and it can be hard to find time to plan to make sure we are eating right–it’s so easy to get into a rut, and I could use some inspiration from Nature Box!
What an awesome product – I’d love to win! :)
I love reading your blog! This giveaway ifs fantastic! I’ve heard wire a bit about Nature Boxes and it would be great to try for free. With 3 little kiddos, you never know what they’ll end up liking, so this would be a perfect way to try some new things :-)
I would love to win this!!! I have such a hard time I ding healthy snacks to eat between meals that fit my budget and my nutritional goals.
I’d love to win because we’re in a big snack rut at my house!
I’ve been wanting to try this but haven’t bitt the bullet. It always looks yummy!
What a great giveaway!!!
My kids are trying to eat us out of house and home these days, so they would LOVE these! And so would I, since they don’t have artificial junk in them.
I’m trying to eat healthier I would love this box!
I would love to use these to make yummy and healthy breakfasts!
With the holidays being a time when I “mow down” on food, it would be nice to have something mailed to me as a reminder that there’s a way to eat good and delicious food. Plus…who doesn’t love getting presents in the mail?
It would be great to be able to have healthy delicious snacks at the ready!
I need new snack options for during the work day and would love to win!!
I’m always on the lookout for healthier snacks, so I would love this!
I am always looking for new, healthy snack options. I love the Banana Bread Granola.
Love this! I enjoy reading your blog and you have some great recipies!
That pineapple looks really good to me!
I would love to win a subscription because as a full time university student with three jobs, I barely have time to eat. Being able to grab a healthy snack would be so great.
I’ve been wanting to try Nature Box and now seems like the perfect time. For some reason, I love munching on granola during the winter.
I’ve been looking to try Nature Box for awhile, thanks!!
My favorite snack is definitely the teriyaki twists! They are so good!
I would love to test out some new snacks, the Nature Box Giveaway would be amazing to win
Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I’ve been meaning to try NatureBox for a while now!