Coconut Almond Granola

 Crunchy, hearty and delicious coconut almond granola to start off the year on the right foot!

Coconut almond granola

Happy New Year friends!! 2014 is here 🙂 I wish you all a wonderful healthy year filled with all your heart desires.

At the risk of being cliché, I really can’t believe we are done with 2013. Swooosh, just like that. It came, conquered and now it’s gone. Looking back, it was a pretty awesome year! But it is time to look forward. Rightfully so, many people are setting goals, declaring resolutions, intentions and attempting to make changes in their lives. It is that time of the year indeed!

I tend not to make resolutions, simply because I don’t believe in the idea. Some years, I do however have one goal I work towards. Last year was to start a blog (yay!!), the year before was to plan two wedding ceremonies without killing anyone (succeeded!!) and this year it’s to graduate with my PhD (God willing). Well, that’s not really a goal as it is not entirely up to me but more to the Gods of science. But that’s what I am setting my eyes on in 2014.

Coconut almond granola

As you can see, I am not really one to make resolutions to lose weight, drink green juices daily and/or go on any crazy diets. However, I do believe in moderation and balancing one’s diet. I try to balance all the sweets I bake with daily consumption of greens, fruits, grains and fibers. Key word being try as it is work in progress. And one of the ways that I have successfully transformed my breakfasts these past few years has been with this coconut almond granola recipe.

I make my own granola frequently, at least once every month because I eat it A LOT. It’s on my rotation of breakfasts and I snack on it all day long in lab. And I love it because you can easily change the flavors and nuts to match the season or your feelings. But today I am sharing my absolute favorite go-to granola, a coconut almond granola recipe. It’s a blend of a few of my favorite nuts; almond, walnuts, pecans but the almond is more prominent. And of course coconut!! There is toasted coconut flakes and also coconut butter incorporated in the mix.

Coconut almond granola

Have you tried making your own granola? I’m sure most of you have but if you have not it is the easiest thing to make and once you do you will never buy it again. All you do is combine old-fashioned rolled oats, nuts of your choice, seeds (I like flax seeds and sunflower seeds) mix with a sweetener of your choice. I always use honey or maple syrup. Combine wet and dry, clump if you like bigger clumps and bake for 30 minutes. Viola!! A whole three cups of granola to enjoy for breakfast and snacks.

Coconut Almond Granola
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Crunchy, hearty and delicious coconut almond granola perfect for breakfast and a quick afternoon snack!
Yield: ~4 cups granola
Dry ingredients:
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds (or sliced)
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or flax seeds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Wet ingredients:
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup (or honey, agave, barley malt syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured solid)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Whisk until sugar dissolves. Pour over dry ingredients and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Mine is pictured above. A cup of Greek yogurt, a few slices of fruits (whatever is in season, currently I am crushing on pomegranates) and a handful of homemade granola.

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  1. says

    Happy New Year! Great goal for this year Zainab, good luck and I know you can do it! Love homemade granola and this one sounds fabulous with the coconut oil and all the crunchy nuts and toasted coconut flakes. Looks wonderful served with the pomegranate seeds too 🙂

  2. says

    My husband is a granola fanatic. The first time I made it I felt like a wizard unlocking a secret. Haha. Granola always seemed undoable to me –it was shocking to see how crazy easy it really is. I love that it doubles as breakfast and an afternoon snack. I am going to have to substitute coconut oil for veggie oil next time I make granola.

    • says

      Jamie I’m so glad to hear your husband loves it. Mine doesn’t. Won’t touch it lol! So I just make it for me. I love using coconut oil instead of veggie oil, it’s more flavorful and a little healthier!!

  3. says Coconut almond granola. Coconut is one thing I haven’t tried in granola and I can only imagine the flavor and texture it gives! Pinning this one and will make as soon as we eat all our Christmas leftovers (yes, people are still giving us desserts!) And I agree, resolutions tend to leave me less motivated because I didn’t stick with them. We decided to just pick one or two things to work on this year. I can’t wait to hear when you get your PhD! I know it will happen, and if it is anything like your blog, it will be done excellently!

  4. says

    My mom is a HUGE fan of granola… I cannot wait to make this for her! I love making homemade granola and this sounds like such a delicious combination. I think you will do fabulous on your goal of graduating with a PhD 🙂

  5. says

    Good luck on finishing your PhD this year! The year I did it was the craziest & busiest year of my life! You’ll definitely be happy you have a stash of the delicious granola in your cupboard when you’re too busy to cook!

  6. says

    I don’t make resolutions either — I just try to maintain a balanced diet with exercise. Granola is one of my favorite healthy snacks, and this one sounds amazing, especially with coconut as one of the main attractions! Graduating is going to be so exciting for you — I know you’ll do great!

  7. says

    I always forget about homemade granola – but you’re right that it is so easy and so tasty! I can’t wait to try out your recipe! I see amazing things for you in 2014 – a PhD and a successful blog?! You are going to rule the world!

  8. says

    I love that you added the pomegranate seeds. That is one of my favorite ways to enjoy granola. I don’t usually do resolutions either because resolutions seem like a huge commitment and I don’t like to commit to things I can’t achieve. But one or two goals seem so much more attainable. Good luck with finishing your PhD. You can do it!

  9. says

    I need to make more granola!!! I’ve done it before and it is so easy and the payoff is huge. I keep meaning to do it again and your post has lit a fire under me! It looks so appealing with the bright pops of pomegranate.

  10. says

    Hey Zainab!
    I have yet to make my own granola. I love eating it, especially with greek yogurt and fresh berries. This will definitely be on my to-do this. Have pinned!
    Happy Near Year, Zainab! Congrats on all of your hard work with your PhD! Way to go!!

  11. says

    I love homemade granola, and yours looks delicious, Zainab! And I actually just did some blog baking today with coconut and almonds as well…one of my favorite combos! 🙂

    I hope you meet your 2014 goal this year (and I have no doubt you will)! Happy New Year!

  12. says

    I love that you posted homemade granola! I’ve been eating the heck out of some homemade granola for the past 2 months…I seriously can’t make enough of it. Thanks for sharing this variation!

  13. says

    I didn’t make any resolutions either; I tend to just get disappointed if I don’t achieve them. I graduate from graduate school this year too!! Congrats from now 🙂 . Your granola looks so beautiful! I’m a granola fanatic (what am I not a fanatic of?) and totally have it on my to do list for this month.

  14. says

    We are so alike, Zainab! I don’t really believe in resolutions either. When I have a goal I want to achieve, I start right away!

    So I love this granola. It’s so easy to make. Gonna have to try this one! Pinned. Have a great weekend!

  15. says

    Your granola looks so good! I used to make it all the time too, and for some reason I haven’t made any in probably two years! I need to make some again, this is making me want some!!! Thanks for the reminder 😉 Happy new year to you!

  16. says

    I love granola, but have yet to try and make it myself. Maybe I should make that my resolution, LOL I set goals for myself, but resolutions are just made to be broken…so why brother. 😉 You obviously achieve everything you set your mind to, so I think you will do just fine in 2014!! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy granola with us at Best of the Weekend. I can’t wait to see what you create this week.

  17. says

    This granola looks amazing, and it makes me wish that I still made my own hmmm. I love your breakfast bowl, it looks lovely with the pomegranate seeds (I have a crush on them too, so pretty!) and so healthy! My favorite breakfast as for the moment is weetabix porridge (I’m digging on a warm bowl of it as I type!), it is so creamy! Though I really really want to try this recipe soon ;–)
    Have a nice weekend and best of luck getting your PhD. I’m sure you’ll do it fine!! xx

  18. says

    Happy 2014! I don’t make new year’s resolutions either. If I want to do something I’ll do it and not wait for Jan 1 to come rolling around. Good luck finishing your PhD!
    I love making my own granola and these flavors are an awesome combo!
    Just started following you on twitter. 🙂

  19. says

    Dear Zainab, I have been eating hot oatmeal a lot and loving it. I put an apple in the water so it will soften and sweeten the oatmeal and I really enjoy it.
    This is a good idea to prepare your own and snack on it. Healthy and delicious. Blessings,
    Catherine xo

  20. says

    This recipe looks great! I like to set yearly goals and I’m looking forward to getting started with them this year. I love the blog and good luck with the completion of the PhD!
    thanks for a yummy recipe!

  21. Reesie Jean says

    It has coconut in it, I’m sold. I always add coconut to my granola but never thought of coconut oil. Sounds like a great recipe. Have a great New Year!!!!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Meghan for sharing. The coconut did make the granola more flavor…especially the oil. Hope you get to try it!

  22. says

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it… pinned! Thank you for sharing. I saw this recipe at the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party.

  23. says

    I already came by last week to drool over your delicious granola, Zanaib, but I wanted to let you know that it’s going to be featured this Wednesday at Moonlight & Mason Jars! Thanks so much for joining us each week and bringing over your yummy recipes. Happy Monday! 🙂

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