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Pistachio Coconut Granola

Pistachio Coconut Granola #SkinnyTip

This Pistachio Coconut Granola is one of my favorite breakfast treats. So irresistible, it’s hard not gobble it up before it reaches your cereal bowl!

Pistachio Coconut Granola - a scrumptious combination that's perfect with milk, to top your granola or as a snack!

Pistachio Coconut Granola

I make homemade granola only once or twice a year. Not because I don’t want to eat it every single day, but because I could probably eat the whole batch in one sitting. When I saw that my friend, Abbe, of This is How I Cook, shared her Almost Crack Granola , my resolve wore down instantly. I also tweaked the Eleven Madison Park Granola and came up with this irresistible Pistachio Coconut Granola.

Pistachio Coconut Granola - a scrumptious combination that's perfect with milk, to top your granola or as a snack!

An Easily Adaptable Granola Recipe

I think if you were to look at a package of granola, it would tell you a serving size is a ridiculously small portion like a quarter of a cup. I fill my bowl and don’t think twice. I’m not much of a banana eater, especially since I prefer mine to be slightly green and they always ripen way too fast. But I do make sure I have a stash in my fruit bowl when I whip up a batch of homemade granola.

The original recipe calls for pistachios and that was a new addition that I know I’ll repeat. I didn’t have any pumpkin seeds and couldn’t locate the sunflower seeds I wanted to substitute. Instead I added some almonds. I was thrilled with the results. With this recipe, just toss in the dried fruit and nuts you prefer. Leave out the coconut if you’re not a fan. It’s the brown sugar, oil and maple sugar concoction that’s the winner. Not too greasy, not too sweet. Perfect for baby bear…it’s just right.

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Pistachio Coconut Granola


  • 2 3/4 cups oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • A dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used dried tart cherries, diced apricots and craisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 300º. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pistachios, coconut,almonds and salt.
  2. In a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl, warm the sugar, syrup and olive oil by microwaving at 30 second increments just till sugar is dissolved.Pour the liquids into the oats, tossing to coat and making sure to coat the dry ingredients well.
  3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread the granola in the pan Bake until dry and golden, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes
  4. Remove granola from oven, and mix into it the dried fruit. Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to a storage container.

Yield: about 6 cups

Total time: 1 1/2 hours including cooling time

Pistachio Coconut Granola

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature more tips on some of my upcoming blog posts. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #48: I’ve discussed how willpower is decreased when you’re tired. My tip is to take a power nap on those days before you start raiding the fridge. Just 10-15 minutes will help relieve your fatigue, and hopefully give you the strength not to give in to cravings.

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31 comments on “Pistachio Coconut Granola #SkinnyTip”

  1. Granola is grrrreat! And, yes, a treat for every once in a while. Your pick of pistachios is perfect for the holiday season, nest-ce pas?

    Also, I appreciate your skinny tip, Liz. Glad I’m doing it “right.” At my tender young age, sometimes I just run out of energy and have to rest before dinner =)

  2. Oh yummy! It looks like really delicious breakfast treat, indeed!

  3. It sure does sound good:@)

  4. Homemade groan loa is the best. I love the flavors that you used.

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  6. Im agree with you in your tip.Usually Im taking a nap.almost all days because in this time in the countryside I have more work (spring) and I have to water the plants the roses and Im planting in pots basil.
    Take a glass of wate help me.
    Sometimes only we are thirsty.
    This look delicious Lizzy!
    BTW I m without internet 3 dayd so I can’t post:(

  7. I’m not a big granola eater, but when it’s around, somehow the entire amount disappears quite quickly! This wouldn’t last an hour in our house, particularly since it contains coconut — can’t resist that. Very nice — thanks.

  8. I yet have to make granola…but I am loving the ingredients that you have in this…sound and look delicious Liz.
    Have a great week 🙂

  9. I can see why this is your favourite breakfast, it’s sounds and looks divine Liz!

  10. Always love granola for breakfast! Coconut is a nice addition!

  11. Yep, I love the sound of this combo, Liz xo

  12. Liz!!! I love this granola!!! I won’t tell you how much granola I buy from the store (I eat granola, fruit and yogurt every morning) and I’ve never looked at the serving size either. . but YOU have inspired me!!! I’m going to make this granola!!! and love the skinny tip. . I totally snack too much when I’m tired. When I remember and realize what I’m doing, I always try to just drink a lot of water. . love the power nap tip!!

  13. I love pistachios but I’ve never thought about them going into granola. This is a real hit!

  14. Lizzy,
    I don’t have granola often but it is definitely a treat. By the way, I didn’t get an e-mail for your last two posts and I’m still subscribed. Did e-mails go out?

  15. Homemade granola is the BEST and the only granola I eat. Yours look terrific with pistachio and coconut!

  16. Yum! A wonderful granola. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love pistachios! 🙂

  17. Can’t say no to this breakfast fix! I always love chewy chunks of nuts and fruit with my cereal 🙂

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  18. This is a wonderful idea for granola.. love pistachios .. and my daughters as well.. they will love it.

  19. The perfect way to start your day Liz! I love pistachios!

  20. Your granola looks absolutely delicious, I need to try pistachio and coconut together 😀

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  21. This looks so delicious! I love the combo of fruit and nuts you used!

  22. Oh Liz. Thanks for the mention. I’ve been buried under 280 boxes and see no end in sight. I just want to go home and sit down to a great bowl of granola. Seriously, I am exhausted and this granola would be the best thing I’ve had in a week.

  23. I’m love homemade granola but I’m with you – I could probably eat the ENTIRE batch in one sitting if I didn’t hold back. I love the sound of this granola with the coconut and pistachios – I am coco-obsessed and this one is definitely calling my name 🙂

  24. I love homemade granola. Your ganola looks delicious. I could this stuff everyday for breakfast!

  25. I love homemade granola, I must try adding pistachios next time!

  26. Yum yum! I think your portion size looks just perfect, Liz! I just discovered making homemade granola and haven’t looked back since. Pistachio and coconut sounds like the makings of a perfect breakfast!

  27. Looks like a gorgeous granola… I love pistachios. 🙂

  28. I’m back from trip & resuming my blog hopping. Gosh, you make me wanna dig into it now!

  29. I had Abbe’s recipe saved too, and now your post only makes me want to make it right away Liz! I don’t make granola for the same reason, too much temptation, especially if it’s called crack granola! But I need to try this one.

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