Coconut Honey Granola

Just recently I started to make my own granola more regularly.
Besides being delicious, there are a few other reasons for this:

  1. I wanted a wheat free option for us for breakfast.
  2. Granola is SO dang expensive in the grocery store.  I just don’t get this.  The ingredients are so cheap, yet a box of granola can set you back almost $8 for a teensy weensy box.  What’s up with that?!
  3. Granola is so versatile:  it’s great as a breakfast cereal, a topping for yogurt or just alone as a snack.
  4. Oh, can’t forget that it’s yummy too.  What’s the point if it doesn’t taste good?  ;)

 

So for the last while I’ve made a couple of different recipes, and this one is the winner!
It’s sweet and crunchy.  And simple.
One of the criteria with granola in our house is that it can’t have nuts or little bitties like raisins or cranberries or any dried fruit for that matter.  The kids like their granola simple (actually me too).  But what’s great about this recipe is that if you do love those things you can add them.  Add what ever you like whenever you like.  My favourite way to eat it is sprinkled over some Greek yogurt with honey & cinnamon!

 

It makes the perfect hearty breakfast!
Just keep the granola in a handy, easy to grab container on your counter,
and everyone can just help themselves.
I use a large glass container to store it (you may remember it from my kitchen organizing post),
and it sits looking all scrumptious on my counter.

So here goes.  It’s a great recipe, and will take you less than an hour to make!

Coconut Honey Granola
 
Serves: Makes about 6 cups.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (divided in ½ - ½ for baking, ½ to add later)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, Chia seeds and ½ cup of coconut. Toss to mix.
  4. In a saucepan over low heat melt the butter, then add the honey. Stir to blend. You don't need to boil it, just mix it.
  5. Pour the honey mix over the oat mixture and mix well.
  6. Spread the granola mix out onto the baking sheet and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until crunchy and golden.
  7. Cool. The granola will harden as it cools, so don't be worried if it seems soft when you take it out of the oven!
  8. Once the granola has cooled, add the remaining coconut.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
If you want, you can add nuts or raisins or any dried fruit to your granola. Just add the nuts before you bake the granola, and add any dried fruit after the granola has been baked and cooled.

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma

 

So if you like granola, I hope you try this recipe!  Homemade granola is packed full of flavour and nutrition, without all the added chemicals of store bought cereal.

My little guy says it tastes like a cookie!  Winning!

 

Have a delicious day!

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Comments

  1. Yum! We love granola too. I’ll definitely be pinning this. Thanks for sharing Jo-Anna!

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  2. Your granola sounds delicious! I love coconut and I’ll have to add it into my granola next time I make some too! It’s one of my favorite breakfasts. Yours looks wonderful!

  3. mmmm, yummy and pretty photo too!

  4. I love homemade granola – I’ve got to make some with coconut now – yum! Thanks for sharing – I saw your post at Ginger Snap Crafts.

  5. This looks so good! We love granola here so I will have to try this one soon. Pinned for later! Thanks

  6. Oh this is so so delicious definitely pinning! I hope you’ll be sharing this at my link party :)

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  7. YUMMY!! I want some! You have to tell me what camera you use! Your photography is AMAZING!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

  8. We love granola over yogurt at our house! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll join in again next Saturday!

  9. This recipe is a bit more “wet” and sweet than I’m used to so I added a handful of extra oats and 2 Tbsp Flax seeds and 1 cup sliced almonds and just before putting the tray in the oven I tasted it and WOW! I am looking forward to my morning breakfast. Thank you for sharing this recip!

    • Very strange! I’m not sure why it would be wet…I made it a couple more times just to make sure that the recipe is right, and I haven’t had wet granola. But I’m glad you ended up liking it!

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