Coconut Maple Granola


coconut maple granola

If you’ve been listening to me on the Joy the Baker Podcast, you already know that I have an inner hippy and I like to make my own granola. You also know that I’m absolutely smitten with coconut oil and find any excuse to use it. What you may not know is that this granola is the first time I’ve used coconut oil as a replacement for my favorite granola lubricant, olive oil.

coconut maple granola

This Coconut Maple Granola is the perfect snacking granola. Sure you could add some to a bowl of Greek  yogurt or replace your regular breakfast cereal with it, but when you pour a little in your hand and take your first bite, you might bypass a bowl completely. This is the kind of granola that begs to be eaten directly out of the jar. Perhaps it’s the crunchy roasted almonds mixed with golden oats and coconut or maybe it’s the salty/savory vibe that fuels the addiction. All I know is that this granola is dangerous and I think it’s the coconut oil’s fault! Go ahead, embrace your inner hippy and make some.

And we’re off!

Get your ingredients together!

Toss them all in a bowl. Pour the maple syrup & coconut oil over the top.

Stir! Now add in the brown sugar and mix. Sprinkle the salt on top and finish stirring.

coconut maple granola

Spread the granola out on a rimmed baking sheet. Now it’s oven time!

coconut maple granola

Stir granola every 10 minutes for 25-30 minutes and you have this.

coconut maple granola

You can choose to be civilized and eat out of a bowl…

coconut maple granola

Or you can be like me and eat it directly from the jar.

coconut maple granola

Choose your own adventure.

Coconut Maple Granola

Makes about 6 cups

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, both kinds of coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup and stir. When thoroughly saturated, add the brown sugar on top and continue to stir. Season with salt and spread the granola in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes making sure to stir granola evenly every 10 minutes or so. Let granola cool and transfer to an air tight container. It will last up to two weeks.

Shutterbean Notes:

-I used Trader Joe’s Gluten Free oats for this recipe! They’re fantastic &  it meant this granola was gluten free!

-If you don’t have coconut oil, you can easily replace it with olive oil.

-No maple syrup? Sub in agave or honey!

-Feel like measuring out spices? Ginger or cinnamon would be most welcome here.

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  • October 17, 2011

    This sounds lovely! Yum.

  • October 17, 2011

    This looks and sounds delicious!

  • October 17, 2011

    I cannot WAIT to makes this – my inner hippie is just waiting to burst free!

  • M
    October 17, 2011

    This looks amazing. It’s like a feel good treat that doesn’t come in pre packaged cereal box!

  • marci
    October 17, 2011

    yay for homemade GF granola!!! Hippie-approved :-)

  • jenny
    October 17, 2011

    this granola has all my favorite things! coconut, maple syrup, almonds. yummmm. I may have to take a break from my standard apricot/pistachio/olive oil mix to make some. :)

  • October 17, 2011

    i adore using coconut oil in my granola!!! smells like vacay

  • Laura
    October 17, 2011

    I’ve been using coconut oil instead of olive oil in your granola recipe for awhile now! So delicious!

  • October 17, 2011

    My Mom is absolutely in love with coconut oil, and granola… totally shipping her a bag of this asap.

    • October 17, 2011

      She will LOVE this then!!!

  • October 17, 2011

    would it be weird to make this with honey roasted peanuts instead of almonds? maybe…but i might just do it…

    • October 17, 2011

      No!! That sounds yummy!

  • Jacqueline
    October 18, 2011

    I made this last night and didn’t even need a bowl…or a spoon. It’s heavenly right off the baking sheet! :)

  • October 18, 2011

    Yum yum yum!! I’ll have to use my coconut oil on something other than my legs!! (heh heh) Would that be double embracing my inner hippie??

  • Sha
    October 19, 2011

    I keep coming back here to gaze lovingly at the pictures. This looks heavenly and I can’t wait to make some this weekend. Thanks, Tracy!

  • October 19, 2011

    looks lovely. i posted a recipe for chai spiced granola a while back and i’m still addicted to that. maybe coconut’s next?!

    • October 19, 2011

      oh YUM. Chai spiced anything is my favorite!

  • October 20, 2011

    Wow, I love how you called it a lubricant.

  • October 21, 2011

    I’ve only made granola once, but used coconut oil and ginger and it smelled so good while baking! For some reason I keep slacking and buying granola from the bulk section even though I eat it every morning. Lame.

  • October 25, 2011

    I am additcted to homemade granola! I cannot wait to try this!

  • October 25, 2011

    Yum! I love it! :)

  • monster jen
    December 7, 2011

    nom nom nom!!! Just made my second batch of this yummy granola recipe! Thank you once again for your photos and easy to follow instructions (visual learner all the way!) I shall never buy granola again!!!!

  • June 21, 2012

    I love going back in the old Shutterbean posts to find recipes. I make our own granola every other week. But…totally in rut. I thought, I bet Tracey has something for me! And you do – working on this right now! :)

    • Tracy
      June 21, 2012

      Yaaaaaay! I think you will like this one. It’s super!

      • June 22, 2012

        We REALLY like it. We can’t keep our hands out of the jar. We’re usually more civilized than that! Heh.

        Super good!

  • Squeaky
    February 6, 2013

    My toddler came in to the kitchen and asked for more granola 3 times at breakfast yesterday. I think we have a winner!

    • Squeaky
      February 6, 2013

      I might add some Golden Syrup to the mix and see if I can make granola bars too.

    • Tracy
      February 6, 2013

      Fantastic!!!

      • Squeaky
        February 11, 2013

        Holy shoot, I made some amazing granola bars (if I may say so myself). I have to remind myself they are for packed lunches and not eat the whole pan in one sitting…….

  • Alison Marie
    April 26, 2013

    I made this granola this morning, with cashews, pistachios, and banana chips, instead of almonds, and I love it! Yet another fantastic use of coconut oil. Thanks for the recipe! ( And as someone new to Oakland, I like your photos of my neighborhood.)

  • July 1, 2013

    I just made a double batch of this this morning – thinking I’d give half of it to my mom and brother. Wellllllll after having some with my yogurt this morning, I’ve decided to keep it all for myself haha. But I also have a 2 month old baby so I think it’s okay for me to be selfish like that!

  • Helen
    October 22, 2013

    I have made this many, many times now and it is always delicious! My kids beg me to make it and I have given it as gifts several times too. I usually add in some dried fruit and chia seeds once it’s cooled. Thanks for sharing.

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