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Chunky Maple Coconut Granola

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Chunky Maple Coconut Granola is chock full of oats, dried fruits, and nuts and sweetened with honey and maple syrup for an outstanding breakfast or brunch!

Chunky Maple Coconut Granola in a white ceramic bowl

Chunky Maple Coconut Granola

Every once in a while I succumb to my cravings. Since I am the sole granola fan in our household, I hold off for as long as I can before mixing up a tempting batch. It wouldn’t be so bad if I’d pour a half cup into a cereal bowl, douse it with milk and have my breakfast. But, nooooooo, I fill my bowl to the brim and after gobbling every morsel, I snack from the container all.day.long.

This week, I tried a new recipe from Sara Foster. This Chunky Maple Coconut Granola is sweetened with the aforementioned maple syrup and also honey, plus it is chock full of goodies like sliced almonds and a plethora of dried fruit.

Chunky Maple Coconut Granola viewed from above in a white bowl over a red and white checked napkin

A Versatile Granola Recipe

As with all granola recipes, these are just guidelines. Switch up the nuts, add your favorite dried fruits, leave out the coconut, add some seeds…the options are endless.

I decreased the liquids from the original recipe and recommend baking till a little darker than my batch. But watch carefully as blackened granola isn’t nearly as appetizing! Another favorite recipe, Maple Coconut Granola, was inspired after a foodie friend gave me a vacation care package!

More Tasty Brunch Recipes

I’ve hosted numerous brunches where we’ve set up a granola parfait bar. Set out some neutral yogurt flavors, both sweetened and unsweetened, fresh berries, and granola. Here are some other delicious brunch recipes!

Maple Coconut Granola in a white cereal bowl with a spoon

Maple Coconut Granola

A delightful maple granola full of nuts and seeds. Adapted from Food52 and my food blogger friend, Mary, of Lights on Bright No Brakes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 8 cups

Ingredients

  • PAM Cooking Spray
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, hulled
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup unsalted pistachios
  • 1 1/4 cup raw pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (Grade B preferred for better flavor)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries and/or dried apricots, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300º. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM Cooking Spray. Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients except cherries into a large bowl and mix until well combined. Spread granola mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10-15 minutes for about 35 minutes. Add cherries, stir and bake for another 10 minutes or till granola is toasted.
  3. Let cool and serve. Store covered.

Notes

Spray your measuring cup with PAM Cooking Spray before measuring sticky liquids like maple syrup for easy cleanup and no scraping!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 7g

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26 comments on “Chunky Maple Coconut Granola”

  1. I’m such a fan of making my own granola and skipping the added sugars, sodium and preservatives. This looks great!

  2. Look really delicious Lizzy !
    Hope you have a nice day tomorrow:)

  3. Homemade is always best! Love the added color of the apricots:@)

  4. This looks so delicious…homemade is the best! I know I will be giving this one a try! Happy Mother’s Day, Liz!

  5. Making homemade granola has been on my “To Do” list but I never seem to get around to it. This sounds delicious and is just the thing to get me motivated. Pinned and stumbled!

  6. Thank you for bringing something healthy to the brunch table today. I was beginning to feel the elastic in my stretchy pants giving way. DANG, this week has been delicious!

  7. Delicious Liz! I already know how good this is as Sara Foster has 2 charming little restaurants not far from here. One is in Chapel Hill where my Cait went to college – we used to love to meet there. You reminded me about this wonderful granola, thanks, though i am like you and can’t stop eating the stuff 🙂

  8. mmm as soon as I saw the word coconut, I knew I’d love this!

  9. I’m like you with homemade granola I keep snacking on it all day, every time I enter the kitchen I take another handful I just can’t stop myself. This combination sounds lovely and very tempting 😀

  10. Granola is one of my trigger foods also. That being said I’ll have to deal with it this week. My daughter in Dallas sent me a batch of her homemade granola and it’s filled with all sorts of yumminess. I love to pop mine in the microwave with almond or soy milk. Too good for words. Happy Mother’s Day!

  11. I bought some granola for my breakfast but like you I snaked on it all day so by the morning there was little left except a few miserable looking oats. I love how this has dried cherries in it – that would add a lovely tart flavour xx

  12. Such a delicious way to start the day!!!

  13. What a delicious granola recipe Liz! I just love granola on yogurt! Homemade is always so much better without all the additives! Happy Mother’s Day a day early!
    xo
    Roz

  14. I love granola as well. Yours sounds incredibly tasty!

  15. Love anything with coconut! I need at least two portions of granola for the breakfast!

  16. It looks perfectly crunchy and just sweet enough!
    🙂 ela

  17. This granola looks so good. I love the color the dried fruit adds to the bowl. I find that coconut in granola always makes it taste so much better and simply irresistible. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  18. I so need to make granola today!

  19. Yummmmmmmm.
    Yessssss.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Sweet Liz. xx

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  21. hi, love the ingredients..and love homemade instead of storebought………

    would be a pure delight to try this…kind of like heaven….sent……lol thanks for
    sharing………………………………..

  22. I love adding homemade granola to my yogurt. Yours looks deliciou and totally addicting!

  23. Brunch, such a great concept. I have been meaning to make granola forever and this one does not look like it will break the bank to get the ingredients. Might give it a try.

  24. I could snack on this granola all day long, love!

  25. When I think of brunch I think, “I won’t be working.” I know that sounds silly but normally we’re working. I’d be thrilled to have this for brunch.

  26. To tell the truth, I’ve yet to try any homemade granola. This look super yummy, Liz! Good luck to all partipants! I’m still waiting for you to host one open to all worldwide, dear.

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