This granola recipe is a version of one that my very first intern taught me! I love it because it’s quick and simple and can use many ingredients you probably have sitting around in your pantry.
I have also used it for gifts, and it’s a great recipe to prep ahead for the future!Print
Cinnamon Coconut Granola Recipe
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ½ cup coconut
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until all of the dry ingredients are coated. The color of the oats will get darker.
- Pour mixture out onto the baking sheet into a thin layer. Bake for 10 min.
- Remove from the oven and stir.
- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 min, watch carefully to ensure granola doesn’t burn.
- Remove from the oven and add dried fruit if you desire.
OPTIONAL ADD TO DRY INGREDIENTS: I usually add 1/2 cup wheat germ, flax meal or toasted sesame seeds if I have them in the house. Also can add dried fruit or chocolate chips after baking.
Here are some of my tips when making this recipe:
For granola, the important thing is finding the right dry ingredients to wet ingredients ratio. The rest is up to your interpretation!
- Don’t have nuts? Use more oats.
- Have nut allergies in the house? Use sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
- Running low on oats? Use more nuts!
- I usually buy nuts and oats in bulk at Costco. I keep the nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh.
- Typically I use sliced almonds and pecans, chopped. However… ANY NUTS WILL DO!
- I also often add 1/2 cup wheat germ or flax seed to this recipe, but only if I already have them around. Toasted sesame seeds would also work.
Prep ahead tips:
- To plan ahead, when you make a batch, consider making 2 additional batches of dry ingredients to keep in your freezer for later cooking.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and put in a freezer safe bag.
- Write on the package the 1/4 cup of veg oil and 1/4 cup of honey or mollases to add to them and you’ll be set for future deliciousness!
Tips for giving granola as gifts!
- Consider making a double batch to share with friends or neighbors!
- Another fun option is to layer all the dry ingredients in a mason jar (It should fit in a quart size jar). Then you can provide the wet ingredients in a smaller jar, or just add a tag that tells the gift receiver what to add and the instructions on cooking it.
- Your recipients will think you’re amazing!!
I hope you enjoy!
Upcoming Virtual Survivor Events!
I wanted to invite you to 2 events I’m participating in this Thursday and all cancer survivors are invited to join!
Wellness Through Art Zoom Group: April 23rd – 3– 4pm
In addition to being The Cancer Dietitian, I am Wellness Director for Cancer Services, Inc. which means I coordinate all of our survivorship and risk reduction programs. This Thursday, April 23rd at 3pm, I am hosting a Healing Through Art virtual class!
I have a few spots left, so if you are a cancer survivor and would like to join, let me know!
For this hour we will create art with paper and pen through a Zoom video call! ALL ability levels are welcome. Computer or mobile device required.
We will guide you through this activity, which is simple and relaxing. Participants will be encouraged, BUT NOT REQUIRED, to share!
Check out the sample I made over the weekend!
Staying Healthy During COVID-19: Getting your Groceries, Nutrition and Exercise…Safely.
I will be speaking on the Lung Cancer Research Initiative Webinar on Thursday, April 23 at 12 PM ET to discuss food safety, health and fitness during social isolation.
Have a great week!