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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If you try this coconut almond granola recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback on my recipes is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!


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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


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.


  • 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


  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


  • 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    • 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!

  3. 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!

    • 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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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