My son calls granola “gorilla” hence the title. It’s actually called Cocoa-Coconut Granola and it was developed by my best friend, Betsy.  She was trying to duplicate Kashi’s Cocoa Beach cereal–since that stuff is $5 for a smaller than average box, she was going broke for her favorite cereal.

And let me just say, this stuff is magnificent.  I’ve never tried Kashi’s cereal, but it could not possibly be better than Betsy’s. I’ve modified it a bit (and that’s what is written below) to make it have less fat/less sugar.

Cocoa-Coconut Granola

1/4 cup coconut oil, extra virgin–not hydrogenated!

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. honey

1/2 cup water

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups Old Fashioned oats

2 cups of Oat Flour (just grind up the oats finely in your food processor–poof, you have Oat Flour)

1/4 cup cocoa

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

freshly ground nutmeg

Mix oil, sugar, honey and water in a microwavable measuring cup.  Microwave for 1-2 until it’s melted together.  Add vanilla.  Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour sugar mixture over the oat mixture and combine.  Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40-45  minutes on 300 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.  You want it to be crunchy but not too dry.  Cool  and store in a gallon size zipper plastic bag.  This is best served as a cereal. It’s great dry, but it’s killer with milk.  Trust me.

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