Monday, April 30, 2018

Toasted Coconut Granola

Delicious granola kissed with coconut is so easy to make and makes and excellent breakfast, brunch or light snack.  We love it served with fresh berries and yogurt!

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     Granola is such a tasty treat.  The thing is it is pretty expensive to buy at the store.  It is so easy to make at home though, so we don't need to worry ourselves over that one little bit!  Plus then you know exactly what is in it and you can customize it to your tastes.  This toasted coconut granola was a huge hit at our house.  It makes a nice big batch, but it has a way of disappearing quickly!

      The many possible flavor combinations that you can throw into granola is one of my favorite parts about it.  You could make a batch every week of the year and never make the exact same thing twice.  But when you fall in love with a particular recipe like our favorite toasted maple cinnamon granola, you can find it hard to convince yourself to switch it up.

     I mean we can eat that stuff like candy.  We have.  We very likely will again.  But sometimes even if you really love something, you need to change it up.  So I thought it would be fun to make a coconut version, sweetened with brown sugar and honey.

     I think one of the things that sets these granolas apart from most is the pretoasting.  I love to toast the oats before I coat them to add that extra layer of toasty flavor.  I went ahead and toasted the coconut while I was at it for this recipe, because toasted coconut is soooo good!

      I threw in a handful of chopped pecans because it sounded good.  Of course I knew that would instantly turn my nut adverse husband off, but I was ok with bearing the brunt of having to eat the granola.  Luckily Little Dude was at least open to the idea of picking them out, so I had help eating it after all.

    Actually I had a lot of help.  He barely let me get in on it.  As he was eating his second helping of yogurt with sliced strawberries and granola, he proclaimed he could eat that twice a day every day for the rest of his life.  If that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is!

     To make it even better, you can just sprinkle it over a container of yogurt if you need a snack. You can get a big bowlful for your breakfast.  Or you can layer it up nicely in a martini glass, wine glass or fancy jar for a nice brunch.  Dressed up or down, it is going to be good.

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Yield: 24 servings

Toasted Coconut Granola

Delicious granola kissed with coconut is so easy to make and makes and excellent breakfast, brunch or light snack. We love it served with fresh berries and yogurt!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hour and 5 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 15 mins


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spread oats over a rimmed half sheet pan and bake for about 7 minutes. Stir and sprinkle with coconut. Bake for another 7-8 minutes or until lightly toasted. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine remaining ingredients. 
  3. Stir warm oats and coconut in with the rest of the ingredients until well coated and spread over rimmed baking sheet. 
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 250 F and bake granola for about 50 minutes, stirring half way through. 
  5. Allow to cool.  If there are large chunks, they should break easily in your hands.  Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container until ready to use. 
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  1. Now that looks like the perfect breakfast! Great granola recipe! I am so excited about all these brunch ideas! Happy Monday cutie!

    1. I knew you'd love the brunch inspiration. We need to brunch together one of these days!

  2. I'm so excited to see a new granola recipe to try. Fruit is my favorite part of any brunch so if this was served I'd be happy. My favorite day to brunch is on Christmas morning or Mother's Day.

    1. It's hard to top our favorite maple cinnamon, but this one was really good as well!

  3. Loving this. Coconut is one of my faves.

    1. I am loving this coconut emulsion too!

  4. Yum times a zillion. Pinning and printing straight away! :)

  5. Hi Carlee, granola is one of those things I've never made, but really must. I'm sure this recipe would go down a treat with my family too.


    1. You really should, it's so good and easy to make!

  6. We love granola at our house. I like that you pretoasted your oatmeal and coconut. That is something that I have never tried. Thank you for another oatmeal recipe!!!

    1. Pretoasting it really adds something to it!

  7. I love adding granola, fresh fruit and nuts to my yogurt in the morning. I keep thinking I need to make my own and stop buying it... now I can! Pinned

    1. You definitely should! It is so easy to make and so much more economical!

  8. Perfect for brunch and so so pretty! I always forget about these parfaits.

  9. I love making different granola combinations and this has all my favorite flavors!

  10. This looks so good. I make my own granola a lot, but never thought to toast the oats before adding the honey - what a great idea!

    1. I love doing that, I think it adds another layer of flavor!

  11. I eat my yogurt like this almost every morning, so I'm excited to try a new granola recipe. And coconut? The best!

    1. It's one of my favorite breakfasts! Thank you!

  12. I'd love to start my morning with this!

    1. It's a great way to start the day for sure!

  13. Carlee, thanks so much for bringing this to my first Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!! I love granola but agree it can be SO expensive. I'm so excited to try this. Looks so easy and delish!

    1. It is so much more economical and you know exactly what's in it!

  14. I haven't made granola in "forever". This sounds so good!

    1. You definitely should make it again soon!

  15. Carlee, I love coconut and always have organic unsweetened finely shredded coconut in the pantry, and yet I have not put any in my granola yet! I like things less sweet (everyone does when they get used to it!) and stick strictly to my self-imposed daily sugar limit of never more than 6 teaspoons a day. So I'd use unsweetened coconut and skip the brown sugar; but ooooh I can't wait to have some coconut granola now that you've planted the idea! #tipgarden

  16. Coconut is really a great addition to granola, I hope you love it! I do like to dial back the sugar in my granola sometimes too, but know not everyone likes it that way.


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