Super Crunchy Maple Coconut Granola

Erich and I don’t go a day without eating granola in our house. The downside is how darn expensive store-bought granola is. Finally, after a splurge on a few different types of granolas and a $40 bill, I realized it was about time we tried making our own.

This maple coconut granola is inexpensive, simple to throw together, uses good ingredients and is relatively low in oil and sugar. WIN! You can pair it with your go-to yogurt, nut milk or eat it by the handful each time you pass the fridge, like we do.

Real Food or Really Unhealthy?

Your mother’s old adage is so true… breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It helps increase your energy and performance, gain focus, and even lose weight… but you probably already knew all that! What you might not know is how much sugar and unhealthy ingredients are added into many of your favorite “breakfast” foods, such as granola.

A common theme we found when searching for store-bought granola was that A LOT of the big name companies (the ones that you and your kids would typically gravitate to) use sneaky words to trick us (the consumers) into thinking that their products are healthy – when they’re FAR from it.

Instead, most were made with refined sugar, refined flour, hydrogenated fats, additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavoring. Some of these ingredients, such as tartrazine, have even been linked to ADHA disorders. After taking a trip down the granola-filled aisle, we realized not only did we have to pay attention to the ingredients listed when choosing a better brekkie, we also had to consider the surplus of sugars.

This homemade granola is made with FfL-friendly, REAL food ingredients. It’s also far healthier than most commercial granolas because it uses half the amount of sugar and fat.  

A great pre/post-workout snack

Headed for a long run or bike ride? A small serving (about 1/4 cup) of this granola makes a delicious pre/post-workout snack. The oats release a steady stream of carbs during your workout, so your energy levels will stay consistent.

Some ways to “reinvent” your leftover granola:  

  • In yogurt parfaits with fresh berries
  • In a bowl with milk
  • On top of pancakes
  • A crunchy addition to any smoothie bowl
  • Over a small amount of ice cream or whipped cream
  • On top of cinnamon-baked pears
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Crunchy Maple Coconut Granola


  • Course: ,
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

This maple coconut granola is inexpensive, simple to throw together, uses good ingredients and is relatively low in oil and sugar. WIN! You can pair it with your go-to yogurt, nut milk or eat it by the handful each time you pass the fridge, like we do.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup currants or raisins (unsweetened and no oil added)
  • 1 tablespoon golden flax seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt coconut oil. Add maple syrup and stir.
  3. In a small bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Add ingredients to the skillet and mix well.
  4. Remove from heat and place granola on parchment paper lined baking tray. Make sure that the granola bakes close together; do not spread apart on the baking tray to ensure you get clusters.
  5. Placing tray on middle/top rack in oven, bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven OR rotate baking tray 180 degrees and bake for another 1-5 minutes, to desired crunchiness. Remove tray from heat, let cool then add dark chocolate chips (if you choose) and enjoy!
  6. Will stay good for about a week in an airtight container. I like to keep mine in the fridge, so it stays nice and crunchy.

Notes

Always check for FfL-friendly ingredients.

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6

Keywords: Maple Coconut Granola

Category :Recipes
Method :Sheet Pan, Too Easy
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