Coconut Almond Granola
Published Jun 05, 2017, Updated May 17, 2023
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This 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.
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.
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. First, we tried heating the sugar and coconut oil in a saucepan until bubbly so it would be thicker and hold together better. Then, 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!
How to Get Granola to Clump
The trick to the crunchy clusters/clumps = flaxseed and water, basically a flaxseed egg. I noticed that many granola recipes called for egg whites (or hot water) to help create clusters so I decided to try ground flaxseed with water 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.
Love granola? You might also enjoy these recipes
- Easy Grain Free Granola
- Hemp Granola
- Granola Butter
- Chocolate Granola
- Pumpkin Granola
- Granola Cookies
Coconut Almond Granola
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 Tablespoons hot water
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ 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
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Whisk together flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add all remaining ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine. Add in flaxseed mixture and toss again.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread granola mixture onto the sheet, pressing the mixture down with a spatula.
- 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.
- Let the granola cool completely on the pan before stirring. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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!
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
Love this granola! Had to substitute 2 ingredients (didn’t have them@home) 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.
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. 🙂
Another homerun recipe! Absolutely delicious granola! Also made your caramel sauce and had it with yogurt. Unbelievable how good it tastes… hard to believe they are made with dates! Delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes! Look forward to trying more of them!
Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this granola as well as the caramel sauce! Thanks so much for making them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!
I have a tiny obsession with coconut so this granola recipe must have been made for me. So delicious on my smoothie bowl today. Easy to make and great flavor!
Woo! So glad you enjoyed this granola, Sarah. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!
This is delicious! Not too sweet and I love the combo of coconut and almond!I also love how easy it was to make.
Woo!! So happy this granola was a hit, Sarah. Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate the feedback!
I made this recipe for the second time tonight. It is so delicious! Thanks for sharing it!
Woo! So glad this recipe is a hit, Siobhan! Thanks for leaving a review, I appreciate it so much!
Wonderful granola recipe! Been making this weekly and it’s just delicious! Hint of sweet and pairs perfectly in plain Greek yogurt! My kids love it too! Thanks for the great recipe! Love that your recipes are health conscious but never sacrifice taste!!
YUM! I am excited to hear that this recipe is a hit for you and your family, Jennifer. I appreciate your review + star rating, it means so much to me!
Delicious, loveliness in a bowl, the flaxseed~genius, makes it clump perfectly as described. The aroma through this house is a total bonus. Thank you
Yum! I am so excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Sue. Thanks for your review & star rating, I appreciate it!
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