This delightfully delicious Maple Coconut Granola was a gift after enjoying cocktails in a blogger friend’s posh Aspen condo. It was the perfect breakfast and snack treat! I knew I’d have to recreate this recipe at home.

This Granola Recipe is one of my favorites. The variety of textures from the nuts, dried fruit and oats makes it the Best Granola in my repertoire.

Maple Coconut Granola in a white ceramic bowl.

Why You Should Make Your Own Granola

I make a huge batch of granola a few times a year. I love the stuff, but it’s way too tempting to have around 24/7. Mary’s Maple Coconut Granola was gobbled up as breakfast, snacks, and more snacks. Sweetened with real maple syrup and brown sugar, the rest of the add-ins can be tweaked to your preference.

  • You can tweak it with what you have on hand! I usually use sweetened angel flake coconut in my granolas but loved the big unsweetened coconut flakes even better. It’s not like the syrup and brown sugar won’t sweeten it anyway. Like Mary, I added some pistachios and dried fruit to the basic Food52 recipe along with the pecan halves, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. What a magical mixture!
  • Don’t like pistachios? Leave them out! Add your favorite nuts instead or just omit.
  • If you can’t stop eating it, granola freezes well. It’s addictive and I need to hide it from myself.

More granola recipes I’ve shared include my Pistachio Coconut Granola

Mary blogs over at Lights on Bright No Brakes. Pop over and say hello! I’ve also made her dreamy Guacamole.

Maple Coconut Granola  in a large white bowl on a checked napkin.

PAM Cooking Spray Hacks

I’ve shared one of my favorite baking tricks with numerous friends as well as on this blog, but it bears repeating. Have you ever struggled to get every bit of peanut butter out of a measuring cup? How about honey? Well, I have a terrific tip for you. Spray your measuring cup with PAM Cooking Spray first, then it will be a snap to remove your peanut butter, honey, or in this case, maple syrup from the measuring utensil. Once you give it a go, you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. It makes cleanup a heck of a lot easier, too.

A review of my favorite PAM Hacks in the kitchen:

  • Use Pam to spray measuring cups when cooking with sticky foods and liquids like peanut butter, honey, corn syrup, and maple syrup.
  • Line your baking tins with foil and spray with PAM for easy release of cookie bars, roasted veggies, etc.
  • When a recipe calls for lining the bottom of a baking pan with parchment, give it a quick spray so that nary a morsel sticks at removal time.
Pistachio Coconut Granola in a white cereal bowl with a red handled spoon.

How to Make Granola

Granola is very adaptable. Add the dried fruit, seed, and nuts that you enjoy. Don’t like pecans? Substitute with walnuts or slivered almonds. Any dried fruit chopped into bite-sized pieces will work. Adapt this Maple Coconut Granola to your taste buds!

  • Preheat the oven and line your baking pan or pans with foil. Nonstick foil is nice, but you can always spray regular foil with non-stick spray to minimize sticking.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until well combined. I like leaving out the cherries at first to keep them chewy. 
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly on a prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10-15 minutes for about 35 minutes.
  • Add cherries or any fruit you’ve left out and bake another 10 minutes or till granola is toasted.
  • Let cool and serve. Store covered.

How to Store Homemade Granola

  • Store your granola cereal in an airtight container to keep it fresh. 
  • Use a large mason jar or Rubbermaid-type container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • It keeps well at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Granola also freezes well. It should keep well for at least 3 months.
Maple Coconut Granola in a white cereal bowl with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Granola?

Granola is a breakfast food or snack made with grains (usually oats), nuts, and dried fruit. It’s often toasted with oil and sweeteners like honey.

Who Invented Granola?

John Kellogg, the brother of the Kellogg’s cereal founder, invented and named granola in the 1960s.

What is the Difference Between Granola and Muesli?

Muesli means mixture and is another popular breakfast food. Besides oats, it can be made with other grains like wheat, barley, or millet. Unlike granola, it’s usually raw and unsweetened, so it’s considered a healthier alternative to granola.

What Are Some Other Uses for Granola?

Granola can be used as a topping for fruit crisps or quick breads, a crunchy addition to parfaits or sundaes, and as a pie crust or to make energy balls or bars.

More Tasty Granola Recipes:

Maple Coconut Granola in a white cereal bowl with a spoon

Maple Coconut Granola

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

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


  • 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 ¼ cup raw pecan halves
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup (Grade B preferred for better flavor)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries and/or dried apricots, chopped


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


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

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 7g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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