Extra-crunchy Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe made with almonds, dried cherries, and rolled oats– naturally sweetened, and butter-free.

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Friends, this delicious, healthy granola recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup (or honey). It’s made with oats, oil (you can use coconut oil, too), and your favorite nuts and fruit. Make it your own, and add your favorite dried fruit.

Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe

For our family, we never tire of dried fruit like cranberries, golden raisins, cherries, or blueberries. You can even cut up apricots for this granola recipe.

Do you love granola? Me, too! Today, I’m sharing my “basic” recipe, which is also perfect for gift-giving this time of year.

taking a spoonful of homemade coconut granola

Ingredients for Homemade Coconut Granola:

Grab these simple ingredients and get started!

  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • Vanilla
  • Sea salt
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Coconut
  • Whole almonds, chopped
  • Whole walnuts, chopped
  • Dried fruit, such as cranberries, golden raisins, blueberries, or cherries

stirring Homemade Coconut Granola

Granted, I’m partial, because my friend Steph shared this with me years ago (like 10 years ago), and it’s our go-to snack! Oh, so good on ice cream, too!

Steph and I will often send text messages to each other with pictures of food we are eating, cooking, sharing with others. It’s a way we stay in touch.

I love how food and recipes can tie us to friendships!

Is homemade granola good for you?

Granola is listed as a health food, but it’s often high in calories. We just eat in moderation, and enjoy the excellent source of fiber, iron, heart-healthy fats, and protein.

brown butter sauce for Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe

Make your own granola

Steph also inspired me to start making my own granola, and once I got into the routine, it not only provided a great snack (and breakfast) for the family, but it saved us a bunch of money!

Store-bought granola is too often way overpriced. And store-bought is often too sweet.

adding brown butter sauce to homeamde granola

My recipe is a generic recipe, but one thing I learned was to not use “quick oats,” but to instead use the “old-fashioned rolled oats.” I hand-chopped my almonds and walnuts, because we like the larger chunks, and the first time I used cranberries and golden raisins. Basically I mixed it all together in a big bowl, decided I needed more liquid, and doubled that.

adding cranberries to granola

Cook the granola slow

I ended up cooking the granola at 250 for over an hour. You can cook it (stirring every 20 minutes) to whatever texture you like for your own household.

baking Homemade Coconut Granola

It’s a simple little care package idea of a holiday gift, or use as a hostess gift full of homemade love! :)

Oh, and this is what our backyard looked like this week. Lots of snow in Oregon!


spoonful of homemade granola

More homemade gifts to make for the holidays:

Hot Russian Tea Mix

Holiday Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

Homemade Kahlua

Best Homemade Chocolate Sauce

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Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe

Extra-crunchy Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe made with almonds, dried cherries, and rolled oats-- naturally sweetened, and butter-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 12
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  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 7 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 3 cups whole almonds, chopped
  • 3 cups whole walnuts, chopped
  • 2-3 cups dried fruit, such as cranberries, golden raisins, or cherries


  • Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 rimmed backing sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, except the dried fruit (will add in later).
  • Whisk the first 5 ingredients together. Pour over the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking sheets, baking on 2 oven levels, stirring every 15-20 minutes. After 40 minutes, swap pans on the oven racks.
  • Bake for 60-80 minutes until granola is the consistency that you like.
  • Remove granola from the oven and cool on racks for an hour before stirring in the dried fruit.
  • Using an airtight container, you can store for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!)
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
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Homemade Coconut Granola Recipe