Sunday, January 8, 2012

Homemade Coconut Almond Granola

Homemade granola is another one of those things that tastes much better than the store-bought variety, is incredibly simple to make at home, and in the end costs a lot less than buying a box of cereal at the grocery store.

You know how we try to avoid things like Yellow Dye #5 and high fructose corn syrup?  I just read about a new one the other day – cellulose (wood pulp)!  Are you kidding me?  *shudder*

But back to the delicious granola! Dulcie was a little worried that homemade granola would have a sort of weird 70s hippie commune vibe, but I won her over by using big curls and flakes of real unsweetened coconut, local honey, coconut oil, and a smattering of tiny sesame seeds for their delicious taste and texture.

Making one huge batch of granola is super easy. After baking, I let it cool completely on its baking sheet then store it in glass jars in my pantry and enjoy its prettiness all week.

We’ve been eating our latest batch topped with fresh blueberries and whole milk.  Mmmm!

After mixing together the dry ingredients, you need to melt the sweetener and oil together stovetop, then drizzle over all the dry ingredients. I like to use honey and coconut oil but you could sub in equal amounts of maple syrup or agave for sweetness; vegetable oil for the fat.

Thanks to the lovely and talented Sarah at My New Roots for the recipe inspiration. Check out her recipe if you’re a granola lover - she has lots of great suggestions for alternate flavor combinations and ideas to spice things up and make the granola your own unique creation.

Homemade Coconut Almond Granola

3 c rolled oats
1 c large flake coconut (unsweetened)
1 c coarsely chopped raw almonds
1/2 c raw sesame seeds
1/2 c honey
1/2 c coconut oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Melt the honey & coconut oil together in a small pot on the stovetop.  When melted, drizzle over the dry ingredients and toss with your hands to coat thoroughly. 
Spread the raw granola thinly and equally over two rimmed baking sheets
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes, or until toasty golden brown. Check in after 10 minutes to monitor done-ness, and give a quick stir at this point to help everything brown evenly.


  1. Mmmmm . . . home-made granola! I used to make my own, but quit because it made me more aware of how much oil is in there, and I didn't want to know! Plus, I'm lazy!

    Back in the early '80s, when I was a hippie, I had a (hippie) friend who made the most fabulous granola with tahini in it. You're making me want to dig out that recipe too!

  2. tahini sounds interesting! This only has 1/2 c oil in a big 4 cup batch...that's not terrible, right?? :)

  3. WOW! Gorgeous photos Sarah! Thank you for a great post :) (and posting my link too).

    Love, Sarah B

  4. Hi Sarah B! I LOVE your site, so thanks for all the inspiration.

  5. I've been meaning to try making my own granola for SO long. Yours looks fantastic!

  6. Thanks for inspiring me! I used to made homemade granola every other week, but it's been quite a while since the last batch. This recipe sounds so delicious with the coconut oil that I think my granola hiatus might be over. Can't wait to make it :)

  7. What's wrong with a hippie commune vibe? Makes it all the tastier :) I agree about all the additives in cereal. yuck. this looks like it tastes a lot better too.

  8. Beautiful - I haven't made granola for a long time... will have to do something about that soon.


  9. I imagine the coconut oil is what gives it a superb flavor. I want to use more of it in my kitchen :)

  10. Fantastic photos. I could eat the pictures.

  11. Making homemade granola is so easy and so fun! I love this combination of flavors too.

    PS - Gorgeous photos!

  12. made this yesterday, had it today for breakfast - delish!

  13. I have aquired a bottle of walnut oil and don't know what to do with it! Could I sub it for the coconut oil?

  14. This makes a great gluten free cereal with gluten free oats. If you have problems with oats perhaps try quinoa flakes.

  15. I love homemade granola and love trying new ones. This one? Definitely making!

  16. I love it, too, and can't wait to try it!

  17. I wish I could just hang out with you and Dulcie all day. Seriously. This is all part of my most recent dream scenario:) Perhaps its the 70's commune vibe :)

    1. HA! I'm kinda into the 70s commune vibe, sometimes I think it sounds fun. For awhile, at least :)


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