Coconut Granola Recipe

Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe Coconut Granola Recipe

Granola and I have had a love/hate relationship over the years. I hated it when I was younger and it was just some weird health food my mom liked, then I liked it in college when I thought it was a health food. Once I realized that grains and my stomach didn’t get along so well, granola was on the bad list again.

This recipe was created at the request of my kids to eat something besides eggs for breakfast. I wanted it to be nutrient-dense and relatively easy to make. I was originally going for granola bars but the first few tries flopped, so the crumbly result was a perfect cereal.

This isn’t an every-day food, but I don’t mind my kids eating it with raw milk or homemade coconut milk a few times a week…

I you’ve been looking for a healthy “cereal,” this is a good option…

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A coconut based granola recipe that is easy to make and is a grain free sub for regular breakfast cereals.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4+
  • 2 cups coconut chips (I like these because they are bigger pieces)
  • 1 cup of nuts of choice (I like a mix of cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pecans)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup OR ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • optional: vanilla (1 tsp) , cinnamon (dash) , chia seeds, raisins or other dried fruit of choice (up to ½ cup)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt coconut oil, honey and maple syrup in a small saucepan until starting to bubble and simmer.
  3. Add vanilla if using.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the coconut chips and nuts and any optional ingredients if using.
  5. Pour honey/maple syrup/coconut oil mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. The consistency will vary some depending on the honey, coconut chips, and coconut oil you use. If there is not enough of the honey mixture to lightly coat all of the ingredients, add slightly more melted coconut oil and honey in equal parts.
  6. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking dish.
  7. Bake for 15-20 until starting to brown.
  8. Remove and let cool, then crumble in to granola pieces.
  9. Store in an air tight jar and use within two weeks.
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Reader Comments

  1. Ron Boyd says

    Where, exactly, is the “healthy” part?

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size: 1 serving (113.6g)

    Servings: 1

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 550 Calories from Fat 320

    % Daily Value*

    Total Fat 36g 55%

    Saturated Fat 21g 106%

    Trans Fat 0g

    Cholesterol 0mg 0%

    Sodium 230mg 10%

    Total Carbohydrate 56g 19%

    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%

    Sugars 39g

    Protein 5g

    Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%

    Calcium 4% Iron 10%

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    • Kelly Killeen says

      First of all, I’d love to know where you came up with these numbers. Second, this is a great grain free option as grains are terrible for you and finding a new grain free recipe is always awesome! Third, finding a new way to squeeze more coconut into your diet is great. Fourth, what exactly are you complaining about in this recipe? If it’s the fat content, saturated fat from natural sources (like coconut) is not bad for you. This may not be packed with vitamins and minerals, but it is a natural snack free of chemicals. So please voice your concerns a little better next time instead of a general statement of disapproval and a nutritional facts list.

      • Ron Boyd says

        I could, if you showed me how, upload a PDF document with all of the nutritional data for your recipe — including all ~40 vitamin & mineral information, if you are really interested.

        • Kelly Killeen says

          This isn’t my recipe. I was just wondering where you got that info and why you disapproved so much.

          • Ron Boyd says

            I already answered all your questions (but you censored that post). In any event, I didn’t disapprove of the recipe. I am sure it is delicious… how could it not be with that much sugar? My issue was with the word “healthy.”

          • says

            I didn’t censor anything… posts with links are automatically flagged so spam doesn’t clog up comments (not saying you were spamming…)

          • Ron Boyd says

            Okay, let me try again to respond to your four points:

            1. Yes, you are correct. I have no way of verifying the “Nutrition Facts” assigned (by the supplier) of each of your ingredients. But they are readily available (ignoring the accuracy issue) to anyone who seeks that data.

            2. There is more than “grain-free” involved in “healthy.”

            3. Okay.

            4. No. The Fat content is fine (if a little on the light side). The Red Flags are the 52g of Carbohydrates — 39g of those being Sugar — and the imbalance of Protein.

            In any event, I concur that I am not as eloquent as I should be — clearly not as much as you. Nevertheless, I try to plod along as best I can.

          • Ron Boyd says

            There are two images attached to my above response. I am unsure if they are visible… or even accessible.

      • Ron Boyd says

        I could, if you showed me how, upload a PDF document with all of the nutritional data for your recipe — including all ~40 vitamin & mineral information, if you are really interested.

        • Elysia says

          Her recipe was for 4 servings, not one. So wouldn’t it be about 10 grams sugar per serving? Still more than I’d want, but more reasonable than 39! Just cut back on the sweeteners. And don’t add dried fruit, which is another mega-source of sugar. If you want dried fruit then only use a tiny bit of honey or maple syrup.

      • Hope says

        Excuse me? First of all, this has 39 grams of sugars and 21 grams of saturated fat. (Granted, the sugars from maple syrup and honey are not as bad, and sat fat is not necessarily bad… research continues.) Secondly, it only takes a working BRAIN to get the nutrition info because it’s home made! You only have to add up the ingredients and divide by the amount of servings! It has only a little protein, considering the whopping 550 calories it packs, which is more than a typical waffle and way more than a kid or adult needs to eat for breakfast.
        If you’re looking for a grain-free recipe, try eating veggies or fruit or meat or anything other than a glob of sugar!

        • says

          Except for the honey and maple syrup, which is used by athletes to increase performance, most of the sugar is attached to fiber which is a whole different ballgame on how it is absorbed into the system, I would see this as the perfect combo to add to some greek yogurt that would supply protein to start the day. A waffle will go into the body completely differently with the flour and sugar in that product raising blood sugar quickly and why whole wheat helps. When sugar is bonded to fiber the time to release sugar is extended as body as to first break down the fiber to get to sugar. Other ingredients such as flour/sugar release those carbs quickly to train you body to be a diabetic. Would suggest adding Salba Chia to increase fiber and nutrition even more. As a dietitian I believe in looking at meals as a whole and making sure half my plate is f/v and yes that is always a good meal and have eaten eggs/veggies many times as perfect meal to me, but do we want that everyday? There has to be fiber there! This granola, yogurt and some fresh fruit would be the bomb! Our brain and muscles run on carbs which are not the devil. It is the source that is key and if there fiber! Eat 30 gms/day.

      • Hope says

        The research will eventually prove one side wrong, and I’m still sitting on the fence. My family eats conventionally, and because I am not the one buying the groceries, I find it extremely difficult to avoid all the foods you say I should: peanuts, beans, grains (wheat, corn, oatmeal, rice, etc.), processed foods, vegetable oils, sugar, and more than a little fruit. That’s pretty much all my family eats. The meat and veggies are more like side items around here.

    • Kim Roberts says

      This recipe says that there are FOUR+ servings and it seems that you are giving the nutritional values as if the entire recipe is one single serving. No?

      • Ron Boyd says

        ?? The total recipe is 454.5g/16.0oz and an individual serving is 113.63g/4.0oz. So, if I understand your question properly, no.

  2. Annie says

    Hi Kate – I just made this and I don’t think there’ll be any left to store by tonight! Everyone in my household loved it. Thanks for creating this treat. It’s nice to find a “granola” recipe that doesn’t contain grains or other crappy ingredients.

  3. Janet White says

    Hi Katie – I just made this and I don’t think there’ll be any left to store by tonight! Everyone in my household loved it. Thanks for creating this treat. It’s nice to find a “granola” recipe that doesn’t contain grains or other crappy ingredients.

    • Ashleigh says

      This recipe has natural sources of surgar. No HFCS here. Te best part is that these natural sweetners have great health benefits
      Maple syrup is high in magnesium and zinc. Magnesium being great for the proper function of muscles, arteries and heart. Zinc is required for enzymes and I find it great to help keep colds away.
      Natural raw honey is recognized for its medicinal properties. It contain main B vitamins as well as vit c, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron to name a few. It’s known for supporting gut healthy bacteria and having antioxidants. You reap even more benefits (allergy fighting) when you find local raw honey.
      So when labeled as HEALTHY, I don’t think she meant “low sugar”. This is a nutrient packed recipe to be used as a granola substitute. Obviously eat in moderation to control your sugar intake.

    • Debbie Hunter says

      As I am not allowed to have any sweetners right now I made it with just the coconut and nuts tossed with cinnamon, vanilla, and the oil. I thought it was great, though I did miss the maple flavoring and may try adding that next time. Thank you for the recipe and the idea! I have been looking for something like this!

      • Tess says

        Awesome Debbie!! Thanks for the idea!! I tried and loved it. I usually remove the sugar from most recipes, and thought of it after I posted above. Whether its maple syrup or honey they are high glycemic and spike your blood sugar, regardless of nutrients, natural or not. Great Recipe and Wonderful Blog!.

  4. says

    I’m a registered dietitian and approve of this recipe 100%. Especially if you used organic ingredients. Have a radio show for some of the reasons that are brought up by comments on this page. People have lost the sense of what real food eating is all about, real ingredients that pack a concentrated nutrition punch. In dietetic school at Loma Linda University (vegetarian centered), we were taught in the 90s that all saturated fat was bad, but was always curious about the special properties of coconut. It is full of a very special saturated fat that contained “medium chained fatty acids” that worked differently in the body and people with genetic disorders could use it, but not other fats because used different pathway. Could never buy that coconuts are bad. Later we found out could even help with disorders of the brain and are still learning much more. While trying to set guidelines for schools and what was healthy in first stage of getting junk out of schools, the nut situation was hard because they contain good fats and fiber but tested over 30% fat. Eating all the raw unpasteurized organic almonds are a weight loss tool in my opinion and help you rebuild a better body by replacing bad cells with better ones. Nuts are one of our most concentrated food sources and perfect. Maple syrup is amazing too, and give athletes an advantage. Packed full of nutrition and energy. Raw organic honey can have 100 nutrients many we don’t even understand or have not yet identified. Love this recipe and will be recommending it as something that can also save lives because these foods help prevent our top killers. Don’t want to discourage label reading at all, but you have to better understand nutritional data and not just look at numbers but food quality. A calorie is not just a calorie but has nutrition attached or many times today no nutrition and just calories. Would want to ask critics what they think is better. Aspartame? May want to read my interview and webpage on that under resources tab on my website. Katie you are awesome and I’m adding most all of your recipes to my Pinterest board because I wholeheartedly approve. Just please choose organic/non GMO ingredients.

  5. Amos says

    God bless you for all the time and effort you take to post these things. I know I am trying hard to treat my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit that it is, to eat more natural foods the way God created them. I have 3 girls (7, 10, 11) still at home and am trying to re-train them to pursue health before they move out on their own (and hubby as well! not moving out on his own, but encouraging him to pursue health. lol). You really inspire me.
    I also want to say, I see – from time to time – people being rude to you (I hope they realize they don’t HAVE to do anything you say on here. lol) and all of the arguments that ensue. I know I don’t like listening to my children complain and fight. But I hope you don’t let that deter you from what you are doing. I know you’re not perfect (NO ONE is) but the point is that you are trying to do what’s best AND you are trying to help others. I know the Lord is smiling on you and so am I!
    BTW my husband saw this recipe open on my laptop and is the one who asked me to make it! Small victory :-)

    • Amos says

      And just as a side note, I’ve learned that there is a good bit of protein in some nuts (like almonds) and seeds (like sunflower) Not an animal protein but still protein. No?

  6. trolt says

    Tried this today as I’m trying to remove most grains from my diet. It seemed very treaty to me. I liked it, but somehow mine got a bit burnt after 15 min. Will likely try again with a bit less sweetness & less time in the oven. THanks!

  7. Alie says

    Love your posts! The haters are just that… I’m sure you’re used to it. Anyway, I think you’re awesome and so is this recipe. :)

  8. Zanne says

    I made this tonight. My version of it is coconut oil, coconut chips, almonds, and honey in the proportions you used. I omitted the maple syrup, as it looked like way too sweet for me. I added vanilla, cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp chia seeds, oh yes, and 1/4 c rolled oats. As it is intended as a snack and not as breakfast for me, I then added 1/2 c chocolate chips! It smells wonderful baking! Oh, and so good to eat too! I burnt my tongue munching on it right out of the oven! And, yes, the granola starts to burn at 15 minutes. But, no problem. I just turned off the oven, stirred the granola, and let it bake in the oven for another 15 minutes. Oh, yum! Thank you again, Katie, for another awesome recipe!

  9. says

    This is great and looks so good! You have so many great ideas and inspire me to eat healthier. However, as a college student it can be really hard to focus on my health. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Carson says

      I totally get that…I’m in college too though thankfully I have an apartment so I can do some cooking…but all my friends think I’m crazy for being so obsessed with health :P

  10. Cassie says

    Is there any way i could turn this into a cold cereal with raw milk. I love cereal but most are made with grains and am starting to avoid them. I was thinking if you could do the coconut flakes from scratch, to use a mandolin and then cut them into appropriate size chunks, then use dried fruit and nuts. I was thinking like a grain free version of special k cereals.

  11. Erin says

    We’ve been making this for some time now. It is our FAVORITE little car snack and topping for yogurt! We cut the sweetener by half and it’s still awesome. Sometimes we use half butter/half coconut oil. It’s so easy to change it up with the seasons and can easily be nut-free using all seeds. Thank you Wellness Mama for making our life a little easier with nutrient-dense recipes and treats like this. ;)

  12. Katie says

    Just made this and LOVE it! I may try it next time with the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla, then add a small amount of coconut sugar as it cools. Thank you!

  13. says

    Hello! This looks delicious! I have 2 questions for u:

    I am a blogger also (Greek blogger) and wanted to check if it’s OK to translate some of our recipies and have it on m blog when I also try the result.

    Also, since maple syrup is quite expencive here, is it possible to only use honey on this recipe?

    Thanx a lot,
    Lydia :-)

  14. Tina says

    I cannot believe the audacity people have in these comments….good grief!!!!! If you don’t like something, don’t do it – this is Katie’s blog and she can post whatever the heck she feels like posting! Too much sugar too many carbs blah blah blah if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all!

  15. Kathy says

    Please explain to me how eating a snack with this amount of sugar is healthier than eating an organic, gluten free grain with no added sugar? I’ve read your comments about ALL grains being bad for you, and one of the main reasons is that they are converted into sugar by the body and will most likely cause diabetes and a host of other health problems.

    Sugar is sugar and if you eat too much of it in any form, it can cause diabetes, and this includes eating your “healthy” granola (and your high sugar “healthy” gummy candies). I would love your thoughts on this because I see some discrepancies in what you preach.

    • says

      The honey or maple syrup can be omitted, which will just change the texture slightly. I’ve never said I had a problem with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup on occasion, and eating too low carb can be just as problematic as eating too many carbs.

  16. Gloria says

    I have to agree – “healthy” may not be the best description. Perhaps “yummy” is a better fit, but who (health conscious parents) gives their children 39 grams of sugar for breakfast or snack no matter where it comes from? That’s almost 10 teaspoons of sugar in one serving!! Whoa!! Perhaps you could get some great information from JJ Virgin. Even with using healthier ingredients you can overdo the sugar content and defeat the purpose of creating a healthy recipe.

  17. Nicki says

    I can’t believe you called this healthy! It doesn’t conform to my standard of healthy at all. BOO THUMBS DOWN BOOO.

    That was sarcasm. I know this is an older post, but some of the comments are so irritating that I had to say something. I would love it if people who don’t agree with/understand/approve of the way you eat would just keep their comments to themselves. It’s healthy because you designed the recipe to fit your opinion of what is healthy and that’s all that matters. If people don’t agree with what you think is healthy, they should move on and find a recipe that is a better fit for them.

    And, I would also like to add that I don’t understand how people can look at the components of your recipe and say that it’s not healthy or has too much sugar. Besides the fact that the nutrition facts posted by RonBoyd are obviously incorrect, the only significant source of sugar comes from the maple syrup or honey and it’s 1 tbsp or less per serving! So, good sources of sugar and not an excessive amount. And the lack of protein is because it’s granola! HELLO. You’re supposed to either have it as a small snack or eat it with another source of protein. FYI haters, granola with more protein is commonly referred to as ‘a handful of nuts’.

    Bottom line: I’d hate to see what these people have to say about a recipe for fruit salad.

  18. danielle says

    How large of a serving do you figure in this recipe…since you say it serves 4? I was looking up the nutritional content in order to figure out weight watchers points and I wondered if your servings were large since you use it as a cereal…my plan is to just sprinkle it on top of homemade yogurt. Just wanted to know..since I do not want to purchase the coconut chips to make it until I know how many points it will be. Thanks!

  19. Lynn says

    Thank you Ashleigh and Elaine for posting a comment with an actual scientific base. I’m a Registered nurse in a cardiovascular unit in Boston Massachusetts and I would absolutely allow my patients to eat a snack like this. In moderation of course due to the high calorie and saturated fat content. Many of you are worried about a quarter cup of honey in a 20-25 serving recipe. I wouldn’t worry to much about the sugar content if you are eating a normal portion (quarter to a half a cup). Moderation is key. I suspect if you are worried about the sugar in this recipe and how it applies to your daily diet you may be ingesting to much sugar already. Review your daily diet for areas you need to modify such as (packaged foods, takeout, alcohol, prepared salad dressings) just to name a few.
    As a nurse, I would not recommend you giving up grains unless you have an allergy or sensitivity. Grains are a very important part of the diet. They provide the body with nutrients as well as aid the digestion in elimination.
    Please, do not believe any of the information regarding nutrition that comes from Hollywood, movie stars or the internet unless they are reputable sources with a sound scientific basis.
    I would recommend anyone reading this post that thinks ingesting saturated fats ( butter, meat, dairy and oils) on a regular basis is healthy to think again. You may not have a problem now if you are in your 20’s and 30’s,however, if you continue in this pattern high cholesterol, ldl ’s and triglycerides will definitely catch up with you and you will have issues with heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity.

    • Anne says

      very interesting I just watched a documentary on eating fat and low carb diets which shows that this is how we should be eating not eating high carb low fat. Good Fat is needed for our brains think Avocado, coconut , fat from vegetables, fish and nuts. Sugar is our problem eating processed foods cereals full of sugar and white bread, pasta etc., all converts into sugar. the energy from these foods will give you a high then you will slump and energy will be depleted. but eating food with good fats will give your with more energy and less muscle trauma. there is scientific proof out there now that we have had it wrong for so long and we should be eating high fat law carb. this coconut Granola recipe contains good fat from coconut and nuts, honey in moderation is beneficial for our health. as long as you eat whole food you shouldn’t have a problem.

  20. soukeyna says

    Oooh this is so good made it last week but I couldn’t stop eating it. I don’t know if I can eat that with milk but I enjoy eating the granola as my snack so yummy. Thank you for sharing and also because of you I finally found the best coconut products (tropicaltraditions)

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