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.
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 ‘nola.
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’d 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.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!
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 about 4 grams. 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.