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Honey Almond Coconut Granola

This honey almond coconut granola is an easy, 6 ingredient breakfast that you and your family will love! Enjoy with milk or yogurt and fresh fruit.

This 6 ingredient honey almond coconut granola is super easy to make and a great low sugar alternative to store-bought granola. Peanut and dairy free!

JZ likes to joke about how I rarely make the same recipe twice. Whenever I make a good recipe, he will say “This was really good – too bad you’ll never make it again”. And he has a point. There are just too many recipes, ingredients, and cooking techniques I want to try, so I’m always making new things.

That’s one of the things I love the most about my job as a grocery store dietitian – that it gives me another outlet for my adventurous nature in the kitchen. A good chunk of my job is spent cooking between the classes I teach, my project work for the recipe development team, and sampling events for staff and customers. I don’t hate it – not one bit!

Last week was a particularly cooking intensive week involving testing a chocolate chip cookie recipe, making pumpkin smoothies and pumpkin granola in a class, sampling out a curried pumpkin soup for a pumpkin floor display I put together, and making that soup again along with a roasted squash dish for a class on winter squash. I was pretty cooked out by the end of it!

This 6 ingredient honey almond coconut granola is super easy to make and a great low sugar alternative to store-bought granola. Peanut and dairy free!

So when the weekend rolled around and I needed to make a new batch of granola to replenish our stash, I decided to go with an old tried and true favourite that I can make with my eyes closed – a honey almond coconut granola that I first posted on the blog years ago (and that needed a serious photography update). So there JZ, I do cook some things more than once!

This honey almond coconut granola is super easy and made with only 6 ingredients. It’s also lower in sugar than your typical granola and completely dairy free. You can feel free to jazz it up by adding other nuts, seeds, or dried fruit, but I enjoy its simplicity as it is. I like to serve it with plain yogurt and fruit, or sprinkle it over a bowl of oatmeal for a burst of texture. Either way, it won’t last long!

This 6 ingredient honey almond coconut granola is super easy to make and a great low sugar alternative to store-bought granola. Peanut and dairy free!

Honey Almond Coconut Granola
 
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This honey almond coconut granola is an easy 6 ingredient recipe that's peanut free and dairy free.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Yield: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups large flake rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup chopped raw almonds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • A few pinches of salt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (or coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the oats, almonds, coconut and salt.
  3. In a saucepan over medium low heat, combine the canola oil and honey and stir until mixed. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour over the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix the granola well and then spread it evenly over the parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, making sure to take it out and stir it every 5 minutes.
  5. Let cool and then store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

This 6 ingredient honey almond coconut granola is super easy to make and a great low sugar alternative to store-bought granola. Peanut and dairy free!

Do you repeat meals a lot, or are you always trying new recipes like me?

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Apple butter granola

Last week I lost someone special in my life.

It was really hard to work up the initiative to sit down and write this post. I mean, I still can’t think about it without getting blubbery. Especially when I’m sitting alone, like I am now. Luckily this past week I’ve spent a lot of time with my family, which I think has been helping us all get through it. I even laughed the other day when my 98-year-old great great aunt came over and amused us all with her quick wit and stories about her past.

Apple butter granola - vegan and sweetened only with apple butter! #breakfast #recipe

Turning to cooking has also been helping me. The day after we got the bad news and were all feeling a bit foggy headed, I did the only thing I knew I could do to help: I got to work in the kitchen whipping up a cheddar and scallion strata for lunch. It was my way of taking care of everyone.

On Sunday I made a big batch of date squares to serve at the lunch after the funeral the next day.  There was already food provided, but I just felt like it was something I needed to do – because date squares were his absolute favourite.

Apple butter granola - vegan and sweetened only with apple butter! #breakfast #recipes

Well, other than apple pie, which was his other favourite.

So to honour his memory, I want to share with you today my apple butter granola recipe that tastes like apple pie. Apple pie that you can eat for breakfast. But made with whole grains, healthy fats from nuts and seeds, and no added sugar, it’s a whole lot healthier than apple pie, while still tasting delicious. I’m pretty sure he would have liked it.

Apple butter granola - vegan and sweetened only with apple butter! #breakfast #recipe

Apple butter granola
 
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Light, crisp granola made with apple butter that's as healthy as it is tasty. Vegan, peanut free, soy free.
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Yield: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup apple butter (not apple sauce - this should be a thick, sweet spread)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°C.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, almonds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the raisins aside until later.
  3. Then in a small saucepan on the stove, heat up the apple butter, vanilla, and canola oil, stirring until combined. Pour into the dry mix and stir until everything is well coated.
  4. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, making sure to stir it halfway through. Then remove from the oven and let cool completely. Add in the ½ cup of raisins, then store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Notes
*Use certified GF oats to make recipe gluten free.

Apple butter granola - vegan and sweetened only with apple butter! #breakfast #recipe

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Fried granola

Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of the SoyNut Butter Company Featured Blogger Program. All opinions shared in this post are my own.

When I was a kid, I went away to camp every summer.  Those summers were filled with singing in the dining hall, sun tanning on the beautiful rocky shores of northern Ontario, and telling secrets to my friends under the stars. They were some of the best days of my life.

Temagami canoe trip

At my camp we did multi-day canoe trips off site, covering sometimes 100 km in a trip. They were always a blast, but one of the things every camper looked forward to most about these trips was the fried granola.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

We would eagerly crowd around the campfire as our counsellors made it in the mornings, and then we would snatch at it like vultures, stuffing our faces until we gave ourselves stomach aches. But it was so worth it. Once you make it, you’ll understand what I mean.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

Fried granola
 
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A nut free fried granola recipe that can be made in less than 10 minutes on the stove. Perfect for a hearty camping breakfast or snack!
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Yield: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup soy nut butter
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat a saucepan over low heat. When it is heated, add the butter and let it melt.
  2. Then add the oats and cook for about a minute before stirring in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Next add the soy nut butter and stir until it is evenly distributed.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, stir, then take off the heat immediately so that they don't fully melt.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

Camp was actually the first time I ever tried soy nut butter. Before that I never knew there was such thing as peanut butter alternatives! I remember after I got home from my first session at camp when I was 11, I immediately dragged my mom out to pick up a jar of it – and I’ve been happily addicted ever since.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

The first brand I bought – and the only one I’ve used since – was I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. This is because it’s made in a 100% nut free facility, so I know I can feel safe eating it. These days I appreciate it for its healthiness as well. I like that it’s made with non-GMO soy beans and it’s a great source of healthy fats! For more information, check out their website and Twitter.

Looking for more granola recipes? You might like:

Apple butter granola
Honey almond coconut granola
The ultimate healthy granola

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