Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars

Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars


If you like granola, why not make it yourself. These tropical beauties  are chewy, crunchy and irresistible. With real chopped macadamia nuts and crystallized pineapple, my pineapple macadamia granola bars take it to the next level.

macadamia nuts

Porridge.  That’s the name that was given to our oatmeal.  My Scottish grandmother, Myne, makes porridge every morning for breakfast.  It’s what she gave her children too.   To this day, my father fixes himself a big (I’m talking – barely contained) bowl of oatmeal.  The kind of “full bowl” that when you slip in your spoon for that first bite, the milk oozes out over the side because the bowl has hit critical mass and the surface tension is broken by the spoon.

chopped dried pineapple

When you don’t have time for a sit down breakfast granola bars are the answer

There’s something decidedly homey about porridge, er, oatmeal.  But there isn’t always time to fix a proper breakfast, is there?  

Unfortunately, more often than not, we live in a grab ‘n go world.  Such a shame.

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But if you’re going to grab ‘n go — grab one of these little beauties.    Pineapple and macadamia nut granola bars.  A more portable way to get your oatmeal.  And a little wheat germ – bonus!  

binding agents in a pot.

Ingredients for Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars

  • Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Flaked Coconut
  • Wheat Germ
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Almond Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Coconut Extract
  • Kosher Salt
  • Dried Pineapple
  • Dried Cranberries
oats, wheat germ, pineapple and cranberries.

I followed the basic measurements from Ina Garten’s granola bars, but I used organic almond butter added to her base of honey and brown sugar.  Instead of vanilla, I used coconut extract.

granola in a pan.

And tossed it all into a mixture of toasted oats, coconut flakes, macadamias and almonds.  Then I added the dried pineapple to echo the tropical components and some dried cranberries for color.

Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars on parchment.

Umm, nom nom!  Granola bars with a tropical twist – perfect for an on-the-go breakfast.  I know it’s not that belly-warming bowl of porridge our mothers and grandmothers made for us – but its the next best thing!

3 Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars

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Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars
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Pineapple Macadamia Granola Bars

A tropical twist on an old favorite.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword granola, oatmeal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16


  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • cup almonds slivered
  • cup madadamia nuts roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup honey
  • cup organic almond butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dried pineapple chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×12 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine the oatmeal, coconut, almonds, and macadamia nuts together on a sheet pan. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the wheat germ and toss to combine.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, honey, almond butter, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil stirring constantly and cook for about a minute. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut extract. Pour the mixture over the oatmeal. Add the pineapple and cranberries and using a rubber spatula, stir well to combine.
  • Pour the granola mixture into the prepared pan. Spread it into an even layer and press down very firmly on the granola mixture with your hands so that it forms a tight structure in the pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool for 2-3 hours before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    Super YUMMY granola bars. Perfect for snacking! 🙂

  2. Nutty Nutritionist says:

    yummy! I want to eat these bars in Hawaii!