Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight


Coconut Granola Crunch

There are a lot of words people have used to describe me. I’ve heard silly, sassy, fickle, and frugal. On a good day, intelligent and attractive may also make the list. But never in my life have I been described as “granola”. Oh sure, I rode horses and hiked trails at summer camp for eight years and a coworker once told me she thought I’d do well on Survivor, but the truth is, too much time away from my turbo-charged hairdryer and I start getting the shakes. Peeing in the woods is not my scene and mascara is a non-negotiable.  I am a city girl. Granola I am not.

But granola I love to eat. It’s sweet and crunchy and earthy and filling. If you’re a blog reader, you’ve likely noticed that tons of food bloggers are rolling out plenty of delicious recipes for of homemade granola. This is my contribution, and it is gooooooood. The coconut adds sweetness while ground flax and chia seeds add a smidge of protein. I like it with blueberries and soy milk, and can’t wait to try it on top of vanilla frozen yogurt. Set aside some time on a Sunday morning to whip up a batch of this delicious stuff, unless of course, you’re more granola than me and do your hiking on Sunday mornings. In that case, pick up a bag of trail mix and a Slim Jim and enjoy the day!

Coconut Granola Crunch
(adapted from Sur La Table cookbook)
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp kosher or sea salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsalted almonds
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut
Position one rack in the center of the oven, and another rack in the lower third. Preheat to 325.
1) In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, honey, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until combined (the oil will not blend into the paste–do not be alarmed). Add the oats to the mixture, using  your hands to massage ingredients together. Gently crush some of the oats with your fingers.
2) Divide the oat mixture between 2 large nonstick rimmed baking sheets and spread the small clumps of oats evenly with a silicone spatula. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pans from the oven. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of almonds over each pan of oats and stir to combine. Return the pans to the oven, switching the pans between the racks, and bake for 5 minutes more. 
3) Remove the pans from the oven and divide the flax and chia seeds equally between the pans. Stir. Return the pans to the oven, rotating them between the racks, and bake 10 minutes more.
4) Remove the pans from the oven and divide the coconut between the pans, stirring to mix. Return the pans to the oven, switching the pans one last time, and continue baking until coconut is golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the pans; don’t worry if it’s not crisp right away, it will dry out and crisp as it cools. Once cool, you can stir in dried fruits if you wish. 

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17474285938941511637 Shannon
    I’m with you, give me indoor plumbing and an ice machine any day. But I do love a good granola…even the real ones that don’t include any m&m’s. Plus, the addition of coconut = vacation mode to me. We’ve been eating a handful over some plain yogurt lately so I mght actually make this. A little couch vacation if you will.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16775274098267747234 Andrea B.
    I totally feel you; I like camping….in a motorhome LOL! I love, love, love granola and coconut is a must when I’m baking my own! I love how we can sneak in healthy stuff like chia and flax without anyone even knowing!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07313400714301291801 gabrielle
    oh man, thats granola that would make neil diamond sing! xxoo
    http://www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.com
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06206773722688910705 jackie fo
    i couldnt love granola more…and I bet the coconut adds an awesome sweetness to it. also – ha to “slim jims” …who eats those
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14440340751455712080 Ren- Lady Of The Arts
    Olive making granola- everyone enjoys it and do it yourself is a fraction of the cost of the whole foods variety!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14440340751455712080 Ren- Lady Of The Arts
    That should read- I love…
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06778128436472739658 Jelly Shot Test Kitchen
    Haha! My husband jokes that my version of camping is a three star hotel. (He’s exaggerating of course!) The granola looks wonderful – love the coconut. Can’t wait to give it a try . . . it may be a bit dangerous, as it is a rationed item in my house – i.e. I lose all control! XO Michelle
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02637197654825767682 Jennifurla
    we are the same, this made me LOL. I am a city girl myself, I love nature I just dont want to live in it…or garden Love this recipe too
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07511302967208910919 stephanie [the merry way]
    I’m literally going to go copy this into my recipe book the moment I stop typing this. I love making granola but I was a in need of a new recipe. I love that this one uses coconut and even chia seeds – Thanks!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10303133999621311452 Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane
    Haha, have you ever been camping before then? I did a month in the jungle last summer, I think it was a good thing we didn’t have mirrors… I like your addition to the list of recipes, I’ve not seen any thing with ground flax and chia seeds in, so it sounds different (in a good way!) :)
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05388059515828451861 Chef Dennis
    I do love granola and especially when it has coconut in it! what a perfect recipe, I should teach this to my girls as well, they would love it!
    and by the way Hook’em! Nothing brings a tear to my eye like the eyes of Texas…sigh, how I do miss Texas
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06382602040250560926 Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    This granola looks so tasty, and I love the warm, cozy flavors that you used! I’ll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy to have found your beautiful blog and am going to explore more of your recipes now! :)
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12985220172805230125 Eva Ana Kazić
    Stop making me hungry!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07121715389785244952 DeniseB
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