Kids in the Sink

Coconut Granola

on June 27, 2012

Are you stuck in a breakfast rut?  Well, you shouldn’t be because at our blog, we really have a million breakfast recipes.  We should really rename the blog The Breakfast Blog + Some Kids.  So here we are, coming at you again with another breakfast recipe.

This morning I felt like I (Melissa) was in a breakfast rut because I had to work early so that meant I had to make breakfast for the kids, as well as lunch, and do the million other things that have to be done before I left the house at 8:30.  Whipping up these scones or these muffins, although they’re quick, wasn’t in the picture this morning.   There was just too much else to be done.  So, as I was contemplating eating some freshly baked cookies we made yesterday, I realized that I had granola in the cabinet that I could have for breakfast! We so often have sweet baked treats for breakfast that cold options hardly ever occur to me. Unfortunately, even after that realization, the cookies were more portable than the granola option so they won out.  However, next time I’ll remember and plan accordingly because this coconut granola is a delicious breakfast option!

We love to eat this granola in yogurt (more to come on that soon!) or just plain with milk as cereal. It’s so crunchy and sweet and it will fill you up. It’s even a great, healthy option to satisfy those late night sweet cravings.

-Heather and Melissa

Coconut Granola

Makes about 5 cups so feel free to double!

Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds or any seed you have)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp coconut extract (we didn’t have this so we added extra vanilla extract)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300° and line a large baking sheet with parchment or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine first seven dry ingredients with whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, syrup, and extracts with whisk.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until very well mixed and all dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  5. Spread granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread out into an even layer.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Mixture should be golden brown and crisp when it’s finished. The mixture will become more crisp as it cools. Let cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

Source: Slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

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6 responses to “Coconut Granola

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  2. I have been looking for a great granola recipe! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Holy Cow!! I made this and it is maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten- seriously sooo good!!

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