Coconut Vanilla Granola


Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Coconut Vanilla Granola |

Sorry for the photo overload but I could not, for the life of me, choose between these photos. I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss an ounce of detail in this granola (do you see those SPECKS of vanilla beans?!) because it’s my FAVORITE granola I’ve ever ever made. This made almost three mason jars full and I ate it ALL. Jason never even had a chance! I feel {slightly} bad about it but I couldn’t share this one. I think I ate it every day for breakfast with my Chobani Greek yogurt and fruit, and I would keep snacking on it in the evenings after dinner. With the holidays coming up, you can totally gift this too. Just put it in a mason jar and tie it up with a ribbon :) I guarantee you, the second the recipient opens the lid, they will be forever grateful for you!

Last night, I went and did something that I should’ve done over a year ago when we moved into this house. I finally signed up for a gym membership at the gym down the street from us. No lie, it takes less than a minute to drive there and I could walk there in 5 minutes. I can’t believe I’ve been waiting so long. I think it’s the commitment thing. I don’t like that you have to basically commit yourself to the gym contract and be bound to it. I just don’t like contracts that take money from you every month ;) I figured that this gym membership and actually going, can justify all my cupcake eating habits. I’m really excited to try out exercise classes and to finally get back in the pool. I used to be a really good swimmer and I just stopped. I hope to get back into it! Won’t you help and encourage me? Rachel and I have decided we’d keep each other accountable every morning by texting each other at 5am (uh, are we crazy?) to make sure we’re up and heading to the gym. Nothing like waking up at the buttcrack of dawn, huh?

I’m sure I’ll need a lot of this coconut vanilla granola to get me going! You seriously have to give this a try. If you loved my peanut butter granola, then you’ll flip over this coconut vanilla granola. Really, it’s amazing. Think about sitting on the beach, under a cabana, sipping on a pina colada with a pretty umbrella. Yup, that’s how I felt when smelling and eating this coconut vanilla granola. Am I exaggerating? No. You have to smell this for yourself to believe me! Smell-o-vision would be a great invention right about now..

Coconut Vanilla Granola

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 55 mins
Serves 4 -5     adjust servings

This coconut vanilla granola will make you feel like you're on a tropical island! The fragrant coconut and aromatic vanilla will keep you coming back for more. 


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats, NOT quick oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together oats, walnuts, coconut, almonds, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are well coated.
  5. Spread mixture in an even layer on the lined baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until mixture turns a light golden brown. You'll want to check on it every 10 minutes and stir it around to make sure it doesn't burn.


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Posted on September 06, 2013

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  1. 09/06/2013 at 6:10 am

    Mmmmm loving these flavors! Looks delish!!

  2. 09/06/2013 at 8:39 am

    Congrat on signing up for the gym! That just means you get to eat more cookies, right?!? LOL!
    Love this granola, all the photos and the spec of vanilla beans! It is just so yummy looking!

  3. 09/06/2013 at 9:41 am

    I make a similar granola and it’s my favorite! Gotta love coconut!

  4. 09/06/2013 at 9:50 am

    I would give anything for this granola in my cereal bowl right now!! Good luck with the gym, I am about to go down that road too!

  5. 09/06/2013 at 10:03 am

    Making your own granola is always fun! I like the use of the coconut oil!

  6. 09/06/2013 at 10:14 am

    I am obsessed with making homemade granola and can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  7. 09/06/2013 at 10:20 am

    I just found your blog and this looks amazing! I cant wait to try this out. I’m pinning it and sharing with my blog followers.

    • 09/06/2013 at 11:22 am

      So glad you found me :) thanks for sharing and I can’t wait for you to give it a try!

  8. 09/06/2013 at 10:28 am

    Love homemade granola and love the flavours in this – you can’t go wrong with coconut and vanilla!

  9. 09/06/2013 at 10:41 am

    I wish I was eating this for breakfast right now!

  10. 09/06/2013 at 10:46 am

    I need the whole glass jar girl! mmmm!

  11. 09/06/2013 at 10:52 am

    I’d love to be able to put some of this with yogurt!

  12. 09/06/2013 at 11:05 am

    My family would LOVE this granola recipe ~ must try :)

  13. 09/06/2013 at 11:15 am

    Fabulous- I have been meaning to make some for so long. Looks so good.

  14. 09/06/2013 at 11:33 am

    Your granola looks perfect and delicious! I just want to scoop up a handful! Granola is something I’ve never had fantastic luck with making, going to give it another try with this recipe!

  15. Pasquale
    09/06/2013 at 1:01 pm

    I just had some coconut cream greek yogurt for a snack and would have loved some of that granola on top! Can not wait to try this recipe out.

    • 09/06/2013 at 7:38 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I do!

  16. Dawn
    09/06/2013 at 1:40 pm


    The granola looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! I love the gift idea as well.
    (p.s. There’s nothing wrong with the buttcrack of dawn!) :)

  17. 09/06/2013 at 2:05 pm

    That’s funny, I’m eating coconut vanilla yogurt right. This granola would be the perfect addition!

  18. shana
    09/06/2013 at 2:10 pm

    I love granola this sounds wonderful.I wake up at 5:00 am to walk in my neighborhood

  19. 09/06/2013 at 2:11 pm

    I might have to make this to snack on while on the treadmill lol ;) And apparently I need to change my notification settings before Monday huh?

  20. 09/06/2013 at 3:05 pm

    I love waking up to granola! This coconut version just sounds dreamy!

  21. 09/06/2013 at 4:44 pm

    I could eat this all day long! Looks delicious!

  22. 09/06/2013 at 5:56 pm

    hook me up with some of this please!!

  23. 09/06/2013 at 7:37 pm

    seriously, i need this in my life-for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  24. 09/06/2013 at 9:49 pm

    Need some of this!

  25. 09/06/2013 at 10:36 pm

    Beautiful granola, Julie! Your photography is simply stunning here…I’m having trouble selecting my favorite image to pin! LOVE granola, coconut and vanilla. Your recipe is surely to become a favorite. Thanks for sharing, girl!

  26. 09/07/2013 at 12:38 am

    I’ve been on a homemade granola kick lately too – love the coconut and those flecks of vanilla bean!

  27. 09/07/2013 at 12:48 am

    This looks like the most dreamy granola! Gotta love those specks of vanilla bean!

  28. 09/07/2013 at 9:20 pm

    I love granola! This sounds so wonderful, like Fall!
    I’m trying to get back into the gym too, it’s always creating the habit that is the hardest part! Good luck!

    • 09/08/2013 at 7:39 pm

      Creating the habit is definitely the hardest part. They say it takes like 3 weeks or something for the habit to form. I gotta get past those 3 weeks! Haha! Good luck to you too :)

  29. Jennifer
    09/08/2013 at 6:23 pm

    I love homemade granola. What if I don’t have vanilla bean paste? Anything I can sub it with? More vanilla bean? I do have those. LOL



    • 09/08/2013 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Yes, you can sub 1 pod of vanilla bean for the vanilla bean paste :)

      • Jennifer
        09/09/2013 at 7:50 am

        Thank you Julie for getting back with me. That is awesome. Now I am good to go.


  30. 09/08/2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’d love this right now, never mind for breakfast!

  31. 09/10/2013 at 5:19 pm

    Kevin and I would LOVE this granola Julie. I make granola all the time and have to try this recipe sometime soon. I haven’t had time for the gym lately because of a huge deadline, but hoping I can get back into the habit of going once I’m finished!

  32. Makani Dollinger
    09/13/2013 at 11:46 am

    Hi Julie. I am going to make this granola for my Friday Foodday next week for myself and a few of my dental school classmates. In order to make it easier to share and eat during lecture, I was wondering if I could make granola bars or form into balls? Maybe with the addition of honey? Any thoughts?
    Thank you.

    • 09/13/2013 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Makani! Yes, I definitely think honey would work in your situation! Try 1/4 cup of honey or agave nectar and see if it comes together enough, if not, add a bit more til you can get them to come together. What a great idea! I hope your classmates love them!

  33. Kim
    03/29/2014 at 12:16 pm

    Has anyone calculated what a 200 calorie serving would be?

  34. Elle
    04/29/2014 at 2:17 am

    Made this granola today with a few small changes because I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I added cashews instead of almonds and used 6 T. of avocado oil. I just reread the recipe and realized I completely forgot to add the maple syrup! Nevertheless, it still tasted yummy and was sweet enough for me. Will try again with the correct ingredients! Thank you :)

    • Julie
      04/30/2014 at 8:28 am

      Glad you enjoyed this with your modifications, Elle! :)

  35. Annie
    04/30/2014 at 4:27 am

    What if I don’t have vanilla beans or vanilla paste? (I’ve never heard of vanilla paste before.) What would you recommend?

    • Julie
      04/30/2014 at 8:25 am

      You can just omit it and use more vanilla extract in its place. You just won’t get the tiny specks of vanilla that you see in my photos, though, which doesn’t affect flavor. It’s just for looks.

  36. Ramona
    01/21/2016 at 9:17 am

    I have been looking for a recipe for some time and this fits the bill! I can’t wait to try it. I make my own vanilla and have been saving some extracted vanila bean pods for such.
    P>S> Good luck at the gym!! :)

  37. Shari
    06/13/2016 at 11:53 pm

    Can you substitute Agave syrup for the maple syrup? I know it won’t taste the same, but I have to watch my sugar intake :)


    • Julie
      06/14/2016 at 7:15 am

      Yes, absolutely!

  38. Kristen Assell
    05/16/2017 at 10:34 pm

    Wow, looks awesome but over 700 calories a serving if this serves 4. That’s quite the hefty breakfast! I think I’ll cut down the nuts and syrup and add some more oats and applesauce!

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