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Pina Colada Granola + Nature Box GIVEAWAY

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Oh my goodness. Is December seriously here already?!

I feel like I was just eating turkey and stuffing and this cranberry orange cheesecake a few days ago. Oh wait…

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…

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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.

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Yes, 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.

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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.

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Stir everything together, minus the coconut flakes and pineapple.

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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.)

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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!

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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.
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Enter for a chance to win delicious and healthy snacks from Nature Box! |

Happy holidays, and happy Nature-Boxing to you!

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Pina Colada Granola

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 7 cups 1x


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)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove sheet from oven and let cool to room temperature. Add in diced dried pineapple, and toss to combine.
  4. Store in a sealed container and keep for up to 3 weeks.

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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!

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214 comments on “Pina Colada Granola + Nature Box GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve heard of this but never tried! This would be a great chance to. Do you know if they are organic?

  2. I would love to win for the healthy snacks convenience. Just grab and go.

  3. Heard a lot about Nature Box & this is the perfect time to try! Especially with the holiday snacking and needing to start eating healthier!

  4. I’m not that familiar with Nature Box but it looks wonderful! I’d love to try it = having healthy things on hand is always good. The pineapple looks especially wonderful.

  5. I would love to win a NatureBox supply because though I love wholesome AND interesting AND delicious snacks, I’m a law student and never have time to make my own. NatureBox treats would be perfect for tossing in my bag!

  6. I keep hearing about Nature Box. I would love to try before I buy!

    Your granola looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

  7. would love to win to keep a supply of healthy snacks at my desk!

  8. I would love to receive healthy and delicious snacks at college!

  9. I LOVE snacking and reading about this Nature Box, it’s right up my ally. I really try and eat healthy whenever I can because I’m a huge foodie and eating healthy isn’t always the case. So having healthy snacks delivered (for six months!) right to my door would really be amazing. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

  10. heard many great things about their products but haven’t got a chance to try them yet. I would love to win because that would make my family’s snacking much easier and healthier. :)

  11. Having healthy snacks delivered right to my door?? What more could I ask for??

  12. I would love to try these healthy treats!

  13. I love the baked sweet potato fries!

  14. This looks delicious!

  15. I want this pina colda right now. Just want to have it with a bowl of milk with a shot of rum in it for breakfast. Is that so wrong?

  16. I have been wanting to try this! Everything always looks so tasty!

  17. I think that would be an amazing prize to win and a great way to get healthy!!

  18. I love having the idea of having healthy all natural treats and snacks delivered to my house.

  19. I would love to win this giveaway for my boyfriend. He is the snacking king!

  20. i am always on the look out for healthy snacks that i can eat at work. naturebox seems perfect for that!

  21. Can’t wait to try this pina colada granola and so glad you mentioned giving it as a gift to friends, etc. What a great idea. Would love to win the 6 month supply of naturebox, too. Their products looks so wholesome, natural and fresh. Must try soon. Thanks Ali for all your wonderful posts.

  22. This granola looks and sounds amazing, and I would love trying out Nature Box! Thanks. :)

  23. I have always loved granola and this is some of my absolute favorite the pina colada is great. Gimmesome is a nice idea too. I can eat granola every day. I love it. I would like to be a winner for once.

  24. It would be pretty awesome to have a supply of granola for a few months and not have to make any!

  25. Ohhhh I would love to win!!! I have always wanted I try it!

  26. I am always looking for healthy snack ideas! I love the subscription service option! It keeps it fun and easy and perfect for my family. Thank you for sharing

  27. I can’t wait to try this!! I love coconut & pineapple :)

  28. I love to keep healthy snacks in my office desk at work, so when I get hungry I don’t run to the convenience store or fast food joint next door!

  29. i’ve seen nature box on so many blogs lately and cannot wait to try it out! i’ll be subscribing either way, but would love to win some free months too!

  30. Everything of their’s sounds delicious! I love having easy to grab snacks around, especially these days as I’m caring for a newborn babe–somedays, carving out time for eating gets tricky.

  31. I would love to win this because my husband and I are really trying to eat healthier and struggle with good snack options.

  32. I am a stay at home mom, and am always in need of healthy snacks for myself, it is too easy to grab something that is bad for me. I would love to try their snacks

  33. I’d love to keep bags of healthy snacks in my desk drawer at work so I wouldn’t have to go buy a candy bar from the vending machine every time I feel the urge to snack!

  34. i travel a lot so healthy portable snacks would be great!

  35. Now that I’m going back to school, I feel that I am always on the run looking for snacks to eat on the way (or in class)..this would be perfect!!!

  36. It will be great to get some more healthy food in my family’s mouth.

  37. This sounds like such a great product! I would love to win a 6 month subscription to help me eat healthier and try new snack foods!

  38. I am always looking for new healthy snacks so these are perfect!

  39. I am always looking for healthy snacks for my little girl (and myself!) Nature box seems to fit the bill perfectly, I would love to win this :)

  40. I would love to win as I am always looking for healthy, yet yummy snacks.

  41. I would love to win this because I tend to have not-so-healthy snacks around the house and if I had these sent to me, I would eat better! Snacking is my downfall. These look amazing.

  42. I love granola and would love a chance to win healthy, delicious snacks.

  43. Because if I’m going to get hungry between meals and want to snack on quick things while I’m working– which I am– then they might as well be healthy snacks!

  44. I just started a new job that I think is going to be stressful. It would be great to have some healthy snacks on hand for those long days on the job!!

  45. I’m trying to eat healthier and this would make my life easier.

  46. I would love to get some healthy snacks in the mail (a plus so I don’t have to grocery shop too!). Sometimes processed food is so easy and cheap it’s harder to choose healthy!

  47. I want to win because I want to start eating healthier snacks!
    Sincerely, Sara

  48. I would love to win because I’ve heard such good things about it but have not tried it yet!

  49. i love snacking and would love to try their healthier snacks!