This AIP Tropical Protein Granola is the perfect grain free, AIP, Paleo on-the-go snack! It’s nut and grain-free, sweet, salty, and perfectly crispy. Gluten free, Autoimmune Protocol, and Paleo friendly!
This recipe is hands down the most frequently created recipe in my household. My husband and I go through at least two batches a week! I've made a Cinnamon Toast version (included in my free Paleo Cookie Exchange ebook), a Pumpkin Spice version, and now that the weather is warmer, I put together this Tropical Protein Granola version. I have to say, this might just be my favorite.
AIP Tropical Protein Granola
James and I eat this protein packed granola by the handful, or in a bowl with coconut milk and additional cinnamon sprinkled on top. With the added protein from the collagen, you can pair it along side my Perfect AIP Matcha Latte (also boosted with collagen) for a filling, antioxidant rich breakfast, or have it stowed in your purse in a Stasher Bag for a quick AIP snack. I also love munching on it after dinner as a dessert.
I recently took this Tropical Protein Granola with me on a mother/daughter trip to California, and my non-AIP eating mom was in love with it! The only suggestion she had was to add more nuts, as she had assumed the sliced tigernuts were actual nuts ;).
I've tested this recipe with half the maple syrup and it works just as well, but I prefer the slightly sweeter flavor of the recipe as written. I've also tested this recipe with honey, and while the flavor is AMAZING, the thicker honey makes it difficult to combine. Use the honey substitution at your own risk. Fair warning, the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides makes this granola have a bit of a sticky texture while it's raw, so wait until it's baked and cooled before you dive in head first.
Tropical Protein Granola
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut1/2 cup unsulfured, dried apricots1/2 cup unsweetened, dried pineapple1/2 cup organic tigernuts, whole or sliced1/8-1/4 cup pure maple syrup2 servings Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Chop apricots, pineapple, and tigernuts into bite sized pieces.
- In a large bowl, combine coconut, collagen, apricots, pineapple, and tigernuts.
- Add maple syrup (1/8 -1/4 cup depending on personal preference), cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and sea salt. Stir with a rubber spatula until the coconut and fruit are well coated.
- Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for about 13-15 minutes, stirring after about 7 minutes of baking time. Remove from oven when the coconut flakes are golden brown.
- Let cool on baking sheet. The coconut flakes will crisp and form larger clumps as they cool.
- Enjoy as a handful of granola, or in a bowl with coconut milk and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
Can you suggest a vegan sub for the collagen?
I am a huge fan of this recipe! I subbed dried mango for the pineapple since I couldn’t find any refined sugar free pineapple. It is so good, I can’t wait to enjoy it for breakfast with some yogurt. 😋
I am on a low oxalate diet to control kidney stones. Do you have any info on the oxalate content of tiger nuts?
This was easy and really good! (only downside is it’s obviously high in sugar) I didn’t have dried pineapple so I subbed dried cherries. I noticed the directions don’t say when to add the collagen. I think it’s obvious to add it in step 4, but someone might miss it entirely since it isn’t mentioned. Also, curious how you store this- fridge or pantry? And, how long do you think it is good for?
I have another granola recipe that I use cherries in. Love that combo! Thanks so much for pointing out the collagen, I’ll fix that now.
I almost always keep things in the fridge to prevent oxidation, but it wasn’t refrigerated on my trip and was just fine. I’d say it’s good for at least a couple of weeks, especially if kept in the fridge 🙂
If you’d like to lower the sugar, it’s still delicious just by replacing the dried fruit with flaked coconut. But the fruit makes it feel a bit more fun.
It still isn’t very clear on when to add the collagen. I added it with the spices into the maple syrup.
I didn’t have any dried apricots so I used jumbo raisins and it’s delicious, thank you!!!
I’m not sure what happened, but the collagen is included in the instructions now. Thanks for pointing that out! I’m glad you tried and liked the recipe!