Coconut Almond Granola (with clumps)

This homemade coconut almond granola is extra crunchy and clumps up perfectly! And it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. Vegan & gluten-free.

Oh granola!! It has the perfect amount of crunch, as well as, a sugar, fat, salt ratio that makes it 100% delicious and addictive as all get out.

Baked & Wired sells granola called Hippie Crack and I honestly think that’s the perfect way to describe all granola. At least for me because I literally have zero portion control when it comes to granola.

Chunky Almond Coconut Granola that Clumps! No egg whites or loads of sugar needed.

Anyhow, because of my deep granola love I decided that this year I wanted to make an EBF house granola. A simple base recipe that I adored. One that I’d be happy to make and eat on the regular, but also one that could easily be adapted.

I had some ambitious goals. I wanted the granola to be gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened, low in sugar AND super chunky with large clumps. As you probably know, this was no small feat considering sugar is one of the things that really binds granola together and makes it clump.

Chunky Almond Coconut Granola that Clumps! No egg whites or loads of sugar needed.

I knew it might take some experimenting, but I was determined to find a granola solution so over the past few months Maria and I have tested about six different recipes.

We experimented with a variety of different natural sweeteners. We tried heating the sugar and coconut oil in saucepan until bubbly so it would be thicker and hold together better. We tried parchment paper vs no parchment, baking stone vs baking sheet, stirring vs no stirring. It was quite a process.

None of the recipes were a complete flop (they all got eaten), but when we made this coconut almond granola with the flaxseed I knew we’d found the winning combo. It was perfectly sweet (only 3 Tablespoons of maple syrup for the whole batch), light and crunchy with BIG clumpy, granola clusters. Hooray!

Chunky Almond Coconut Granola that Clumps! No egg whites or loads of sugar needed.

How to Get Granola to Clump

The trick to the crunchy clusters/clumps = flaxseed egg. I noticed that many granola recipes called for egg whites (or water) to help create clusters so I decided to try a flaxseed egg and it worked like a charm.

This coconut almond granola has the full package — great flavor, crunch and clumps… all without a ton of sugar. Each 1/4 cup serving has only 4 grams of sugar.

And as I mentioned before this granola recipe is 100% customizable so feel free to use your favorite nuts and add-ins. I love the combo of coconut and almonds so that’s what I went with, but I’m sure I’ll be experimenting and posting variations of the recipe soon. I’m thinking a chocolate version needs to happen next.

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Bowl of granola on a baking sheet with parchment.

Coconut Almond Granola


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 14

Description

If you like chunky granola with clumps you’re going to love this homemade coconut almond granola! Made chunky with a special trick that doesn’t involve egg whites or a ton of sugar. Vegan & gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Whisk together flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine. Add in flaxseed mixture and toss again.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread granola mixture onto the sheet, pressing the mixture down with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring once about 20 minutes in. Once you stir the granola, be sure to press it back down with the spatula. Granola is done when it’s dry, crunchy and golden in color.
  6. Let the granola cool completely on the pan before stirring. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 156
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 21mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: coconut almond granola

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    29 comments
    1. Daniella
      July 3, 2020 AT 11:14 pm

      Love this granola! Had to substitute 2 ingredients (didn’t have [email protected]) Hemp hearts for Flaxseed & cane sugar for coconut sugar. Still delicious; likely not as clumpy due to ingredients. We ran out of granola & I had a hungry household with a craving, it had to be done 🙂 LOVE every recipe we’ve tried of yours…all the way from Canada.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2020 AT 6:22 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks so much for making it, Daniella. And for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    2. Patti
      March 22, 2020 AT 6:44 pm

      This granola is sooo tasty. I will never buy granola again! I used Costco’s Tamari almonds and they worked great. Love this with yogurt. Thanks for another stand out recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:12 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Patti! I’m so glad you’re loving this granola. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    3. Jen
      March 21, 2020 AT 12:25 am

      Can you omit make the coconut sugar and add more maple syrup???

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:30 pm

        Hey Jen! I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure how it’d turn out. It might end up being too liquidy, but you could certainly try it with just maple syrup and no coconut sugar. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!

    4. Sarah Van Valkenburgh
      March 12, 2020 AT 4:27 pm

      This stuff is so good I’ve made it every single week for the past 2-ish months. Me and my fiance eat it plain, with yogurt, in overnight oats, etc. I made a batch and brought it with me on a business trip to have a healthy snack available. Each time it’s a little different, and each time, it’s delicious. I will never buy store-bought granola again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 12, 2020 AT 5:41 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Sarah!! I’m so glad this granola is a hit! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Emily Campbell
      November 15, 2018 AT 7:50 pm

      Loved this! Perfect snack on top of greek yogurt. Might try adding more nuts next time for an extra crunch.

    6. Lee
      March 21, 2018 AT 10:52 am

      Can you omit the coconut sugar?

    7. Fiona Prince
      December 18, 2017 AT 10:42 am

      I just made this and its so delicious! I love how its not too sweet. For some reason, my batch did not clump up too well. Maybe I got one of the proportions wrong…?
      But the flavor is great, I will be making it again for sure!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 19, 2017 AT 10:56 am

        Bummer!! I’m sorry it didn’t clump together. Did you let it cool completely before stirring after removing it from the oven?

    8. Paola
      June 19, 2017 AT 9:51 pm

      This looks amazing! Definitely going to try this!

    9. Paula
      June 15, 2017 AT 7:35 pm

      I made this while I was wiped out after work, and it was a cinch. I subbed hazelnuts for almonds (work with what you’ve got!) and am now worried that the granola won’t make it til breakfast!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 16, 2017 AT 4:08 pm

        Yay!!! So pumped that you liked the recipe, Paula! I bet it’s delicious with the hazelnuts in there.

    10. Deliverr
      June 11, 2017 AT 1:02 am

      Awesome recipe Brittany, Thanks for Sharing

    11. the modern proper
      June 9, 2017 AT 9:09 pm

      mmm, this looks like the perfect granola. can’t wait to give this a try.

    12. Traci | The Petite Chef
      June 8, 2017 AT 10:35 am

      I love coconut AND granola – so obviously I will have to give this one a go! 🙂

    13. Edwina at The Equipped Cook
      June 7, 2017 AT 10:47 pm

      I absolutely love clumping granola. I love all that crunch. This recipe looks amazing. It all looks delicious.

    14. Denise
      June 7, 2017 AT 10:35 am

      Made this granola for breakfast this morning. It was super quick and easy (important with a 5 month old)…and yes there were good clumps! I used walnuts instead of almonds because it’s what I had and it still turned out well! It was delicious on my smoothie bowl!

    15. Melissa @ Insider The Kitchen
      June 6, 2017 AT 7:55 pm

      I love homemade granola! This coconut almond version sounds fabulous! Pinned!

    16. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      June 6, 2017 AT 6:29 am

      With clumps!! My fav kind of granola! 🙂

    17. Peppermint Dolly
      June 6, 2017 AT 4:36 am

      Major noms all round here – it looks delicious – I too have ZERO portion control when it comes to Granola!! haha!!

      Rebecca
      xx
      http://www.peppermintdolly.com

    18. Casey the College Celiac
      June 5, 2017 AT 11:38 pm

      This granola addict is always looking for more recipes! Have you ever tried adding shredded zucchini or squash to your granola? So delicious and a great source of hidden veggies!

    19. Chari L.
      June 5, 2017 AT 2:26 pm

      This looks delicious and Coconut Almond is my favorite! I see calorie information listed but not serving size. How many calories per serving

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 5, 2017 AT 2:44 pm

        The serving size is 1/4 cup and it’s about 150 calories per serving.

    20. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
      June 5, 2017 AT 12:46 pm

      Yum! I love granola, but don’t have it awesome because it tends to be so high in sugar and calories, I will have to give this a try.

    21. Juliette | Namastay Traveling
      June 5, 2017 AT 11:40 am

      I always have such a hard time trying to get my granola to be clumpy (that’s obviously the best part!). This recipe has the clumps of all clumps! That sounds a little weird, but excited to try this out. I’d say I’ll sprinkle it over yogurt but tbh, I’ll be eating a giant bowl of it with some almond milk splashed.

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