Coconut Granola

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Do you ever have those days where you are super busy, but feel like you get nothing done? That has been happening to me a lot lately. The days go by so quickly because I am so busy, but by the end of the day, I still don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything.

Last week, I was running around like crazy trying to cross things off of my “to do” list, but Caleb didn’t want mama to work. He only wanted to play, so I put my “to do” list aside and we went to the park. When we got home, Caleb took a nap and I decided I was going to make homemade Coconut Granola and forget about everything else.ย I know granolaย is super easy to make, but for some reason, I always feel a sense of satisfaction after making a batch. I needed a little satisfaction, so I put on my apron and made a batch of Coconut Granola.

This granola has a triple dose of coconut-coconut oil, coconut extract, and shredded coconut. If you haven’t tried coconut oil, you need to. I am obsessed. I bought a jar from Trader Joe’s when we were in Californiaย and I am hooked. It is SO good in this granola.

The granola is sweetened with pure maple syrup. Splurge on the good stuff for this recipe. I promise it is worth it. I added in chopped almonds and pepitas for a little crunch.

I love eating Coconut Granola with Chobani Greek yogurt and fresh berries. It is the perfect summer treat. It is also good by the handful. I keep the granola in a large jar on our counter and it doesn’t last long. I can’t walk by without grabbing a handful of granola. It is too good!

This Coconut Granola also makes a great gift. Make a big batch and share with your family, friends, and neighbors. Fill Weck or Mason Jars with granola, add a ribbon, note and you are set! Such a cute, easy, and tasty gift!

At the end of the day I was content. I didn’t tackle my “to do” list, but I made a killer batch of Coconut Granola and that was good enough. Sometimes all you need is a little homemade granola. I hope you enjoy this Coconut Granola as much as I do.

Coconut Granola

This easy homemade Coconut Granola is great with yogurt or by the handful!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats or gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Slipat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, pepitas, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.
  3. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This is the exact recipe for granola I’ve been looking for! I have a jar of coconut oil that I would love to put to use and like you, granola and yogurt is one of my favorite snacks. Thanks a bunch – I’m pinning this to my “to try” board!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Granola is just the best! I make a batch almost weekly for either us or my Dad. We all love it in Chobani as well. Parfaits? Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So, after making homemade granola for the first time, I became totally addicted. Love the idea of using coconut oil! That must infuse it with all that wonderful coconutty flavor (did I just make up a word? I think I did).

    And thank you for sharing a link to my post! Mwah!

  4. Dried cranberries, blueberries, etc… go great in this. Have been making this for some time with coconut oil and it is the only way to go, but I must admit I add lots more nuts, Georgia pecans, Brazil nuts, etc. And Quinoa adds something extra, even sesame seeds! There are so many things you can do with this breakfast/snack!

  5. My to do list is never complete. It seems like there is always something that needs to be done. Welcome to the life of a working mama. Sometimes getting one thing done is all it takes to feel like you’ve been productive. Even if it’s making granola! I love homemade granola and you can’t go wrong with a triple dose of coconut!!!

  6. Yum! This coconut granola looks so delicious! I love coconut oil, I use it sometimes to make homemade protein bars. I’ll have to try it this way too!

    I know what you mean about being so busy all the time, but feeling like you still haven’t gotten anything done. I’ve been trying to focus on each task at hand, one thing at a time, and to not let my mind wander to the million other things I need to do. It helps somewhat!

  7. This would be great in my morning yogurt parfait, or as an easy breakfast on our next camping trip. It sounds as though Caleb’s active time has kicked in full-force. I remember those days well, when you feel as though you haven’t accomplished a single thing all day long. I promise that this, too, shall pass. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. We love homemade granola around here. Try it with dried pineapple and papaya (in addition to the coconut)–delish.

    Regarding coconut oil–check out the Tropical Traditions website. Awesome products, awesome service.

  9. Ah crap, I forgot I still need to make some of the “gooey, so bad for you, but oh sooooo good caramely granola.” Can I still blame my forgetfulness on pregnancy brain, 16 months later?! In any case, this looks faaaantastic!

  10. Maria, this is perfect timing! I have to make 10 mason jars full of granola for my soon to be sister in laws bridal shower this weekend and I’ve been looking and looking for a granola recipe that is simple and yet a little “different” than the usual. Found it! This will be mass produced this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I have days like that all the time! The granola looks amazing… I am a HUGE fan of coconut. I can’t believe I have never seen the coconut oil at TJ’s… I’ll be on the lookout.

  12. Made it! Delish! Mine was darker than your picture tho – very delicious. Still working on the calorie content and portion size. If anyone else figured it out, please post!

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  14. This was so yummy and easy to make. I plan to make another batch soon so I can give some away to neighbors and friends. Love your site!!!! Lisa

  15. I made this last evening and it was gone by this morning. So delicious! I’m planning to make a double batch this evening. Thanks for a yummy recipe!

  16. I just made this for the 2rd time in one week! This recipe is absolutely divine. I love it! I completely recommend it. I am making a batch right now to give to my Dad for father’s day.

  17. I’m just making this now and it’s sooooooooo delicious! I didn’t have quite enough maple syrup so I was going to sub honey or agave nectar but I just decided to go with it since it has a little bit of brown sugar too and it’s plenty sweet with only 1/4 cup of maple syrup! Great recipe!

  18. YUM! My mom and I made a batch this weekend and it was so delicious! We didn’t have coconut oil, so we just used canola. I was worried at first cause it seemed really wet when I was spreading it out in the pan. But it turned out great! I did bake for an extra 10 minutes at 350. Thanks so much for the recipe! Everyone really loved it.

  19. Hi! I’m a new visitor to your site and this was the first recipe I tried. This granola is fantastic. I have made it almost every week since the recipe was first posted. The only change I made was to omit the almonds and pepitas. This granola is so good. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I’m a little obsessed. This barely lasts a week in my house, much less a month! I’ve actually switched it up and made it with honey instead of maple syrup. Huge sucess. (My two and four year old girls also love it – they walk around eating it plain out of a baggie!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a great recipe. I’ve pinned multiple times and shared with all my friends!

  21. Oh. My. Goodness! I just popped it in the oven and it smelled divine. I AM obsessed with coconut. I licked the bowl oops!!

  22. My favorite part of this recipe is that it says “store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.” A month?! Hah! I’m lucky if it lasts three DAYS in this house! EXCELLENT granola recipe! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made it since it was posted on “75 healthy recipes to kick off 2013” ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I’m so glad I found this recipe! I’ve made it a dozen times, using variations of nuts and fruit. It continues to impress the fam, every time!

  24. This is the best granola recipe I’ve made and agree, the coconut makes it. I left out the coconut flavoring (bc did not have any) and used frozen coconut. Thanks and really looking forward to trying your Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

  25. Made it tonight subbing agave for maple syrup. I am a coconut freak and this is awesome! a new favorite fir sure! And good for you for dropping work to spend time with a little one. I miss those days with my now 10 and 13 year old boys. Goes by so scary fast!

  26. Cut the coconut oil to 2 1/2 T, omitted the brown sugar and cut the maple syrup by half. This is the third time I’ve made it and these are my modifications for success! I also prefer pecans to almonds. Enjoy, it’s delish! Thanks for posting.

  27. I’ve been making this awesome recipe for the past few weeks. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll be featuring it on my blog this evening. I hope you don’t mind. I’ve referred back to your blog in my post. Thanks again!

  28. Great recipe! The coconut taste is perfect. I am trying to watch sugar with being pregnant, so only used 1/2 of the maple syrup, and used coconut palm sugar rather than brown- it still came out amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  29. Why do you need brown sugar when you have maple syrup? Maple syrup is very sweet as it is, and is natural. Regular sugar is not healthy and is high in the glycemic index. If you need it so sweet I would suggest agave syrup.

  30. This recipe has a very high sugar content with the sweetened coconut, brown sugar and maple syrup. The least you could do would be to use unsweetened coconut. When you add the Chobani yogurt which is GMO (and beginning in 2014 not being carried by Whole Foods) you have a very healthy looking recipe that is actually very unhealthy.

  31. Bruce, I just recently found out about agave nectar and it is really not a good sweetener substitute; it has a highly processed concentration of fructose which is really bad for your body.
    http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

    This recipe though is absolutely perfect. I just made my first batch and the whole kitchen smells amazing. The coconut and vanilla flavors taste incredible. Definitely going to keep making this recipe for a long time. Thanks for posting it!

  32. This is the BEST granola! I had my friend forward the recipe to me after I tried a batch she made. I now make it all the time and have shared the recipe with many friends who have also succumbed to love at first bite from this delicious granola ๐Ÿ˜€ I have more of if a salty tooth than sweet tooth, so I just pop in an additional cup of oats when I make it because I find it a tad too sweet for me. Thanks for sharing your creation!

  33. Coconut Granola is a sanity saver! Makes me feel like I’ve been productive and tastes/smells so delicious!!! Thank you

  34. I just wanted to stop by and say that this is now my go to granola recipe in my house!! The whole family loves it! I have tried different nut combos, unsweetened coconut, omitting the brown sugar (I love the depth the brown sugar gives tho) and it always comes out great. Thank you so much for a great granola.

  35. Fabulous recipe and I didn’t have brown sugar (doesn’t really need it) or coconut extract plus I added walnuts, cashews, sunflower and flax seeds (no measurement but perfect) didn’t even have to add any more oil just a little extra maple syrup. I am in granola Love!! Thank You!

  36. I also used unsweetened coconut because that’s what I had. It really doesn’t need to be any sweeter. It was just right and still satisfied my sweet tooth which developed instantly from smelling it cooking, entire house smelling like a cookie bakery.

  37. This recipe is wonderful!! I was wondering if you could tell me what the calories are on this per serving. Thanks

  38. If anyone freezes their maple syrup like I do (it gives it the perfect syrupy texture and it doesn’t freeze!), be mindful when adding it to the coconut oil! I didn’t even think about it, and my oil re-hardened almost instantly. I had to put it in a pan and remelt it. No biggie but it could have been avoided ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I just made this and honestly could have eaten the entire batch straight from the oven. I ate it warm topped with milk. Delish! Thanks for sharing!

  40. I love this granola recipe. I have added dried cranberries to the recipe and doubled everything except the syrup and the oil. I am watching fat in all foods and thought this would be less fat. I use t every morning on greek yogurt.

  41. Yum! This looks great. I have been wanting to make homemade granola. I like granola, and have bought it from the store before. However, I have been trying to make everything homemade if I have the time to. It makes me feel better since I know exactly what is going into it- plus you can customize it! That’s always a plus.

  42. Delicious recipe. ย  Not too sweet, ย and just the right amount of nuts. First tired this recipe about 8 months ago, and I’ve made its several times since. ย  ย Any idea about the calorie content per ounce or tablespoon?

  43. Thanks for posting this recipe and I wanted to give it a shout out since it has been up for a while. I decided to try making my own granola after going through the ingredients on the $10 small bags of organic granola and still finding some preservatives. I want organic, and I want to recognize all of the ingredients. I do a couple modifications, and we love it. I use 3C oats, 1C unsweetened coconut, cut the brown sugar out and use almond extract instead of coconut because I can’t find organic. I cook it at 350 (probably because of altitude). ย Far and away the best, best ever. ย There is no need for preservatives since it never lasts long.

  44. 5 stars
    I make this recipe all the time and it is a huge hit in my family! The dry/wet proportions are perfect and I have used this recipes to fix other recipes I have found online that didn’t turn out quite as nicely as this.

  45. 5 stars
    This is the only granola I make. The only exception is that I use unsweetened coconut and I add walnuts or almonds. So easy and quick! Everyone loves it!

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