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….
First we are going to start with a big bowl of oats.
Chop up some raw cashews into rough pieces and throw them into the bowl of oats.
Chop up some almonds too, and add them into the mix.
Next comes the shredded coconut. If you happen to throw in an extra ½ cup… no need to worry! The more the better
Next, add a pinch of salt. This will make all the flavors come alive when it’s time to eat!
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.
In a medium sized sauce pan melt the butter.
Once the butter start to melt, add the brown sugar and mix it around.
Drizzle in your agave nectar. You could easily use honey too. Whatever you have on hand. Once you’ve added the agave, give the mixture a good stir and continue to cook over medium heat until the brown sugar dissolves. Once it’s dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the vanilla while giving it a whisk
Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the bowl of oats and nuts
Using a spoon or fork, stir everything together, making sure to try and coat each piece of the oats mixture.
Place the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out with a fork. Leave little parts in clumps to vary the texture.
Place the mixture into a 325-degree oven and let it bake for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and give it a little mix up with a fork. This is going to make sure that everything is baking evenly. Go ahead and place it back into the oven.
After another 15 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and give it another stir, making sure to leave some big clumps in tact. Place it back into the oven and let it back for another 10 minutes.
Once it’s baked for the full time, remove the granola and let it completely cool. Once it’s cooled, toss in the dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips.
And then go put some into a big bowl, because you’re for sure going to want seconds or thirds, and enjoy!
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 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!
Check out my recipe on Tasty Kitchen!