Coconut Chia Granola

Coconut Chia Granola is a lightly sweetened, crunchy granola loaded with coconut flavour. It comes together in one bowl and is great for beginner granola chefs.

Coconut Chia Granola by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Have you ever been working away at something, when all of a sudden something caused you to drop what you were doing?

Maybe it was a phone call from your very best friend. She lights you up like a sunrise on a clear morning. Spending time with her always brings tears of laughter and entertainment. If you didn’t have time for her that day, you made time.

Maybe it was your latest crush. The one you couldn’t stop thinking about, at completely random times throughout the day. A text from your crush threw your stomach into a whirlwind of butterflies, and suddenly you weren’t so busy after all.

Coconut Chia Granola by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Food inspiration is what wipes my schedule clean. When an idea gets into my head, I can’t quit it until I’ve baked it and tested it to perfection. I saw this at the grocery store the other day, and I couldn’t rest until I recreated a healthier version of my own.

My last granola recipe followed my cooking style more than my baking style. When I cook, I love to throw everything in and be pleasantly surprised when it turns out.

This time, I’ve created a simpler granola with two main ingredients: coconut and chia seeds. If you follow me on twitter, you might be aware of my coconut addiction.

It seems only natural that I would absolutely need to bake coconut granola.

Coconut Chia Granola by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Granola is so simple to make yourself; once you try it you really won’t be able to justify buying it. With homemade granola, you can:

  • Control the sugar
  • Control the add ins
  • Douse it with coconut
  • Package it up pretty and gift it

Everything gets stirred up in one big bowl, spread out on a baking sheet and baked to get crispy. That’s all.

Now I’m sure you’ll be just like me and won’t be able to get coconut granola out of your head until you bake it. :)

Coconut Chia Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Yield: 4 and ½ cups
 
A simple recipe for heart-healthy granola without any strange additives. Lightly sweetened and packed with coconut flavour.
Ingredients
Dry
  • 3 cups large flake oats
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 and ½ cup dried coconut chips or flakes
Wet
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • ¼ cup honey*
  • 3 TB grapeseed oil**
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients except for the coconut flakes. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small microwaveable bowl, add the coconut butter and honey. Microwave for about 15 seconds and stir to combine. Add the oil and vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir to combine.
  5. Spread the granola flat onto the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Stir the granola. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool completely. Stir in the coconut chips, and transfer the granola to an airtight container for storage.
Notes & Substitutions
*agave may be substituted
**other light tasting oil may be substituted

Psst…stay tuned Friday for a special treat using this very granola

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer. She loves her dog and can frequently be found with cookies or veggies, in no particular order.

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10 Comments Coconut Chia Granola

  1. Todd @ HonestlyYUM

    I make all my own granola, but I’m so sick of the recipe I’ve been using for the last 6 months or so. I’ve been looking all around for a simple coconut granola recipe. Looks like I’ve found a winner! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      Hi Todd, glad to hear it! This is for sure my favourite granola recipe to date, mostly because it is so simple and easy. I hope you like it :)

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  2. Ashley

    I love homemade granola – I don’t think I’ve bought it from the store in a year or two now! I’m going to have to give this a try – I like trying out new flavors!

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      Wow, a year or two? That’s impressive! New flavours are so much fun, especially if you make a big batch and it lasts for a really long time

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  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    Homemade granola is the BEST! I make it all the time, and I have the worst time making it last. I’m always in the container pulling out the chunks and before I know it, all my granola is gone. ;)

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      RIGHT?? That’s what I do too. First it’s the chunks and coconut flakes, and before you know it all you have left is granola crumbs. *Sigh*. The good things in life! :)

      Reply
  4. Runnergirl

    This looks great! 3 questions: could maple syrup be subbed for honey, could coconut oil be subbed for grapeseed & how much chia seeds did you add, I don’t see them in the ingredient list?

    Excited to try this!

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      Oops! Thanks for pointing that out. You will need 1/4 cup of chia seeds (I’ve updated the recipe). Maple syrup can definitely be substituted for honey, although the granola may not clump together as well. If you don’t mind that, then go ahead! Coconut oil can be subbed for grape seed, just make sure that it’s melted when you measure it. Thanks for the comment! :)

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