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Coconut Granola

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

 
I’m the kind of person who really likes to snack. I’m talking about a handful of something fabulous every 30 minutes or so. I keep telling myself it’s because I get grumpy if I don’t eat, but really, I just like snacking. There’s nothing wrong with that right?

Granola is one of those snacks that I always have on hand. This recipe is hands down my all-time favorite granola recipe. The coconut seriously takes it to the next level and the occasional bite that contains a piece of dark chocolate is enough to make anyone come crawling back for more.

Here’s the step by step.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

First we are going to start with a big bowl of oats.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Chop up some raw cashews into rough pieces and throw them into the bowl of oats.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Chop up some almonds too, and add them into the mix.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Next comes the shredded coconut. If you happen to throw in an extra ½ cup, no need to worry! The more the better.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Next, add a pinch of salt. This will make all the flavors come alive when it’s time to eat!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

After the salt, we are going to add some cinnamon. (Doesn’t it look pretty?) Once the cinnamon has been added, go ahead and give it a quick stir with a fork and set it aside.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

In a medium-sized sauce pan melt the butter.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Once the butter starts to melt, add the brown sugar and mix it around.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.
Drizzle in your agave nectar. You could easily use honey, too. Whatever you have on hand. Once you’ve added the honey, give the mixture a good stir and continue to cook over medium heat until the brown sugar dissolve. Once it’s dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the vanilla while giving it a whisk.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the bowl of oats and nuts.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Using a spoon, stir everything together, making sure to try and coat each piece of the oat mixture.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Place the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out with a fork. Leave little parts in clumps to vary the texture.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Place the mixture into a 325ºF oven and let it bake for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and give it a little mix with a fork. This is going to make sure that everything is baking evenly. Go ahead and place it back into the oven.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

After another 15 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and give it another stir, making sure to leave some big clumps intact. Place it back into the oven and let it bake for another 10 minutes.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

Once it’s baked for the full 40 minutes, remove the granola and let it completely cool. Once it’s cooled, toss in the dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Coconut Granola. Guest post and recipe from Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking.

And then go put some into a big bowl, because you’re for sure going to want seconds or thirds.

And there you have it, a recipe for Coconut Granola with lots of fabulous mix-ins that you’ll love. I love this recipe so much, all my friends can expect to get a cute little jar of this as part of their gift this holiday season. And then of course, I’ll make a huge batch as a gift to myself!

 
 

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Coconut Granola

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Hands down the best granola ever!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashion Oats
  • ¾ cups Raw Cashews, Roughly Chopped
  • ¾ cups Almond, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ cups Agave Nectar (or Honey)
  • ⅔ cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cups Dried Cranberries

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, cashews, almonds, coconut, salt and cinnamon and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, agave and brown sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour the butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine until everything is well coated.

Spread the granola mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a few large clumps.

Bake the granola for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and break up the pieces to ensure even baking. Place the baking sheet back into the oven for another 15 minutes.

Remove the sheet pan from the oven and give it one more toss to break up some of the pieces and place back into the oven for the last 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool completely. Once cooled, add the chocolate chips and the dried cranberries. Give it a quick toss with a spoon and then package into mason jars or brown paper bags to store.

 
 
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Gaby Dalkin is the young lady behind What’s Gaby Cooking, a food blog that’s bursting at the seams with incredible recipes and food photography. She’s a personal chef and professional recipe developer, and if you follow her on Twitter, you’ll soon discover her two-fold obsession: guacamole and cheese. She has small feet, a large heart, and a smile that can light up the whole building. We’re pretty stoked to have her here.

 

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Amy on 2.20.2012

I just tried this recipe. It tastes wonderful but didn’t clump up at all. I prefer my granola to be in clumps to make for easy snacking. Anyone else have this issue? Other than the lack of clumping, it’s really yummy!

Kristi on 2.19.2012

I have a huge batch of this in the oven right now and it smells SO good!!!

Kristen on 1.19.2012

LOVE this recipe! This is the best granola I’ve ever had! And for anybody wondering, I used salted butter and did NOT add the teaspoon of salt it called for and it turned out perfect! I could live on this stuff, really!!!

Kristen on 1.14.2012

Since all I have is salted butter, should I not add a teaspoon of salt?

Thanks@

Jessica M on 12.1.2011

Made it several times already and have been bombarded by requests for the recipe from friends. Jarred it up with a pretty bow as Christmas gifts for the kids teachers, thanks!

Jessica on 11.26.2011

Wow, thank you for the recipe. I have long wanted to make my own granola but other recipes left me unimpressed and a bit disgusted. Could granola really be made of those gross ingredients. Then I found yours and said hey the picture looks good enough to eat perhaps it is. A few modifications in nuts and such and I have found an absolute favorite. I have made three batches for myself in the past week. Then I decided to make a batch according to your ingredients just pecans instead of cashews for my husband. He is so in love with it. He calls it Trail Mix of the Gods. Yep, he even requested his next batch to have M&M’s in it. I just love when I find a new favorite for him. He is even going to send some to his father for Christmas. Thank you so much.

Jami on 11.20.2011

Just took it out of the oven. Is it supposed to be crunchy? Mine is not!

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.21.2011

    Hi Jami! Yup, it’s supposed to be a bit crisp. Did you let it cool for a while and then test it? It needs to cool down a bit for crisping up. Let me know :)

Jackie on 11.18.2011

can i use other nuts rather than cashews? not a huge fan on those

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.21.2011

    Jackie, you can use whatever kind of nuts you like. Walnuts, pecans, pine nuts… you name it!

Tabitha K on 11.16.2011

I made this last night and I absolutely love it!! My daughter as well loves it too! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Food on the Table on 11.16.2011

Love that you combined the cranberries and coconut and granola mix with a little bit of dark chocolate to add just a bit of sugary sweets. Can’t wait to try my own!

Amy on 11.16.2011

I can’t wait to try this!

Jessica M on 11.15.2011

making it tommorrow with my kids, Do you think the cranberries are necessary?

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.21.2011

    Hey Jessica! Sorry this is a little late, but you can totally leave out the cranberries if you want!

sherryh on 11.15.2011

Just made this today. So very tastey! I used mini chocolatd chips instead of regular chocolate chips and enjoyed it on my berry yogurt!

Priya Sreeram on 11.15.2011

loved this recipe, just wanted to ask you if quick cooking oats (Quakers) will be ok for the recipe; cheers

cindy on 11.15.2011

How long will this stay fresh in the jars?

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.15.2011

    Hi Cindy! I keep it around for about a week and a half. I usually eat it before then anyways so I don’t know how much longer it lasts for. :)

Erin H. on 11.15.2011

I’ve had varying success with granola, but I’ve always started with toasting my oats/grains/nuts, first, to get them warmed up and fragrant. Then it’s equal parts maple syrup and honey, plus a tablespoon of coconut oil warmed up. Toss together, and put in the oven on 200 for an hour. No real stirring. Then I allow it to cool on the pan, and then break it up/add dried fruit. I’m sure that with anything, there are a million variations of granola – the thing that counts the most here is that it is SO easy to make, why do you need to buy it ever again?

P.S. Ever put buckwheat groats in there? Very nice crunch!

Fawn on 11.14.2011

You had me at coconut! Delicious!

Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl on 11.14.2011

My favorite snack bar is Coconut & Almond. So, I think I will make this my favorite granola. ;) Looks De.lish!

Jessica @ How Sweet on 11.14.2011

this granola is DREAMY.

Dana on 11.14.2011

Just made this and wow Gaby!! Yummmmmm!!!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 11.14.2011

I am kinda freakily obsessed with granola. I eat it plain as a snack, on top of my yogurt and covered with milk! I have a whole collection of granola recipes that I will be adding this to!

Laura on 11.14.2011

Made it, ate it, and loved it !!! Thanks !!!

eden on 11.14.2011

I just Adore homemade granola. This recipe looks delicious and might be a nice way to switch things up from my normal Alton Brown granola recipe.

Tonya on 11.14.2011

I was looking for ‘homemade’ food recipes to serve as gifts for my office this year and this recipe fits the bill! THANK YOU!

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.14.2011

    I’m making this for gifts this year too! It’s a great idea!

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warmvanillasugar on 11.14.2011

Mmm this sounds so good!

Melanie on 11.14.2011

If you want extra coconut flavor, consider replacing the butter with coconut oil!

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.14.2011

    ooo I’ll have to give that a try Melanie! Thanks for pointing that out :)

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Jessica (Green Skies and Sugar Trips) on 11.14.2011

I have been wanting to make my own granola for a while now.

This looks like something I can definitely handle!!!

Love it!

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callimakesdo on 11.14.2011

Oh my, that looks wonderful! I love granola for breakfast sprinkled over yogurt and fruit. The addition of the cranberries makes it a perfect holiday gift.

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.14.2011

    yes!! I love this one over greek yogurt! omg so good!

CarahMia on 11.14.2011

Yummm…… Makes me wish that I could stay home today and cook. My whole family loves granola. I use Maple Syrup in place of Honey or Agave, it adds another layer of yumminess!

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    whatsgabycooking on 11.14.2011

    Maple Syrup is a great idea!! I’ve used it before when I ran out of honey – sooooo good!

All Good in Mommyhood on 11.14.2011

I have never tasted coconut granola – but man – I bet it is delish. Looks fabulous!

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 11.14.2011

i adore coconut and i adore this recipe for granola…extra coconut for me please!