This Easy Homemade Coconut Almond Granola recipe is full of flavor and aroma with sweet coconut, crunchy almonds, and baked with honey. A delicious breakfast with milk, fruit, yogurt, or to enjoy as a snack!
Homemade is best
Breakfast doesn’t need to be boring with something like plain oatmeal! Oats are very versatile and taste so much better when they are paired with delicious fruits and nuts. There are so many different flavor combinations that taste amazing with oats like Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal or Chocolate Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars.
Easy Homemade Coconut Almond Granola is so much better than the premade version in the store. It has a sweet and nutty flavor from the coconut and almonds and is baked in honey and brown sugar that brings it all together to form this crunchy, delicious treat. And the smell is out of this world! The sweet aroma will fill up your kitchen and become a natural air freshener. The mouth-watering smell plus the wonderful taste make it highly addictive! Eat it on fruit, crumble on yogurt, splash it with a little milk, or gobble it up by itself as a snack because this recipe is a keeper!
- Old-fashioned oats– the main ingredient in granola is oats. Once coated with oil and sugar, it bakes up crunchy. Old-fashioned is best to use since it is larger and hasn’t been cut down in size.
- Coconut and almonds– this combination tastes so good together! Unsweetened coconut works well since there is already sweetness from honey and brown sugar. Sliced almonds bake up nicely but whole or slivered could be used as well.
- Honey and brown sugar– when these mix and melt together, it forms a sweet glaze over the granola. You can replace brown sugar with extra honey if you didn’t want to refined sugars.
- Coconut oil– oil gives the oats, coconuts, and almonds that extra crispiness after it is baked. Coconut oil has that extra coconut flavor that tastes so good but canola could work too.
- Coconut and almond extracts– the sweet aroma comes from extracts and gives the granola a boost of flavor.
- Cinnamon and salt
How to make it
To summarize, all you have to do is:
- Melt the oil, brown sugar, and honey. In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey together. I did this in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes. You could also do this on the stove over medium heat. Do not worry about mixing it together perfectly since the oil tends to separate. You just want to be sure the coconut oil has melted and that it is warm. Then you add the coconut and almond extracts.
- Combine dry and wet ingredients. Now take a large bowl and add the oats, coconut, almonds, salt, and cinnamon together. Then pour the wet ingredients over everything and mix really well to cover all the granola.
- Bake and stir- spread the granola evenly over parchment paper on a large baking sheet. I highly recommend parchment paper since it helps prevent pieces from burning and will make clean up so much easier! Put it in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes total, removing every 10 minutes to stir and then return to continue baking. This is really important so that the granola doesn’t burn. Once it’s finished baking, it will be golden brown.
- Cool and enjoy. Now for the hard part- it will smell so irresistible but you will need to let it cool. The granola will get crispier as it cools down. If you want it to remain in large clusters, let it completely cool and then break it into pieces or just stir it up with a large spoon if you would like it smaller. I’ve had it in a bowl with milk, sprinkled on a banana with peanut butter, on top of yogurt, and eaten it by itself as a snack. It’s so good any way you want it!
One of the best parts about oatmeal is that it will last for 3 weeks in an air-tight container at room temperature. That is- if it will last that long sing it is so addictive!
Another great thing is that it is freezer friendly! Put the cooled granola in a freezer-safe air-tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Tips and tricks
– Easily customize this by swapping out the coconut and almonds for your favorite nuts and fruit.
– Stir it every 10 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the pan and browning too quickly.
– Store it at room temperature for 3 weeks or freeze it for up to 3 months.
More delicious breakfast recipes
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- Super Easy Banana Bread– moist and delicious with only a few simple steps.
- Cinnamon Sugar Crescent Rolls– flaky crescent rolls filled with butter and cinnamon sugar that only need a few ingredients.
Easy Homemade Coconut Almond Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut, almonds, salt, and cinnamon together and set aside.
- In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey together in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes or until the coconut oil is melted and warm. (You could also do this on the stove over medium heat). Stir in coconut and almond extracts. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
- Spread the granola evenly over the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes total, removing every 10 minutes to stir, and then return to continue baking. This is really important so that the granola doesn't burn. Once it's finished baking, it will be golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool (it will harden as it cools). Enjoy!