Coconut Oil Granola

by Megan on April 30, 2012

I’m a cereal monster. I’m like Jerry Seinfeld. I love it. It probably has a lot to do with my carb-love. Because of this fact, I knew I needed to make this granola! Cindy’s been raving about it to me, and she knows what’s up.

Granola is super-simlple and so tasty! It also looks cute in a jar out on the counter. It has the looks and the personality.

Be sure to to sample this while it’s still warm. Scoop some into a teeny bowl and top with milk.* It’s good for the cereal monster in all of us.

*My mom makes granola all the time! Her and my dad totally filled me in on the sampling this like it’s meant to be sampled.

Coconut Oil Granola
Recipe adapted from Hungry Girl Por Vida 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coconut chips
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t cardamom
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries or any other dried fruit

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, salt, and spices.
  3. In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil with the honey, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Add the vanilla extract. Pour over the oats and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Pour onto the prepared baking sheets making an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir and continue to bake at 10 minute intervals until uniformly golden.
  5. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with dried cherries. Break up and store in an airtight container. Eat over yogurt, with milk, or just by the handful.

YAY! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Granola in a gingham jar outfit.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy April 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

yeah! I’m just a raver. Glow sticks and granola!

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Megan April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

Granola confetti under a black light!

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Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Seems that we’re both in the spirit for some granola! Although I do love the coconut oil idea – it looks absolutely delicious. Beautiful photos, too (as always)!

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Megan April 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Yes! It’s nice to make a snack and have it for the whole week!

Your honey granola looks awesome, by the way!

And thanks, Sydney!

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Jackie April 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

My husband and Girls are Granola junkies.. I have been making granola sorta like this.. but with out any spices.. I have been wanting to spice things up a bit :) I think I wills give it a try! thanks for sharing!

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Megan May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yeah! The more granola in life the better, right?

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Elizabeth April 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I need to get on this coconut oil craze!

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Megan May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

It’s a fun craze, that’s for sure!

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NicoleD May 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

You’re so right, the looks and the personality. I’m always sad when the pretty jar of granola is empty!

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Megan May 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I’m so glad that I have all the stuff to make this again! I’m already worried about it being gone. :)

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Karen May 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

That looks so good! I can’t wait to try it. If you get a chance, you should totally try Joy the Baker’s Cocoa granola from her cookbook. Soo yummy! :)

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Megan August 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

oh! sounds good!

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Jeanine May 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I love coconut oil in granola, I tried that recently and could not stop eating it. I love your addition of cardamom – I’m going to try that next time…

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Megan August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Yes! And thanks, man! Caradamom is one of my faves!

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Amy August 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I subbed coconut oil for butter in my granola recipe for health reasons, but from the first bite of granola warm out of the oven, I knew I’d never use butter again. It has a light, extra crispy mouth feel, and the flavor is positively addicting.
Adding a handful of (high quality dark) chocolate bits to a bowl makes a yummy dessert, especially if you eat it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Oops, so much for health. Lol

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Megan August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Coconut oil is just magic!

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Theresa Sea October 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

Made this last night, and zomg! AMAZING! :) I only used a Tbsp of brown sugar, and added 1/4c of unsweetened applesauce to the mix. It smelled like heaven in my kitchen.

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Cathy December 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Holy cow! This is so good! I can’t stop eating it….help!!!!!

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Christina Mendoza February 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

This looks fantastic. I love coconut, and we always have oil on hand. I’ve been buying a lot of granola for myself and my family, so your recipe will save us money, too — thanks so much for posting it!

One question, though: what exactly are “coconut chips”? I’m familiar with coconut flakes from the grocery stores. Are chips available in supermarkets or do you have to get them from a health food store? Are they sugary like chocolate chips or just chunks of real coconut? Please help me clear up this mystery – lol. Thanks!

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Megan February 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Coconut chips are just the flakes. I actually never have them on hand for this stuff, but I need to the next time I make it

I hope you love this as much as I do!

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Christina Mendoza February 26, 2013 at 3:18 am

Thanks for the reply! I can’t wait to make this!

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Lisa H. May 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I looooove granola! I’ve been wanting to add more coconut oil to our diets. This is one I’ll have to try!

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Megan June 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

Yes! I hope you do!

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Jess June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Thank you for sharing this awesome granola recipe. I am always looking for recipes that utilize coconut oil and this one did not disappoint. I even vacuum sealed a portion and am sending it to my Mom as a treat. Really enjoy your blog!

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Megan June 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

Oh yay! I’m glad, Jess!

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