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Toasted Coconut & Almond Granola


When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

Flash back: a couple years ago I went to a little town called Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. The trip entailed catching a ferry to get to the island, and then a rather lengthy but scenic drive to get to this town with a population of under 10,000 people.

On the ferry to Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada.

The purpose of the trip was to hike, bicycle and, of course, to relax at a lovely bed and breakfast located on a tranquil beachfront property.

It was at this B&B that I, for the first time, had granola for breakfast. At the time I wasn’t following a plant-based lifestyle and so the granola was served on top of yogurt with some freshly cut-up fruit. I recall being floored by how good this granola was, and I was convinced granola for breakfast would become a ritual.

When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

When I returned back to Vancouver I went to local grocery stores and was disappointed on two accounts: 1) granola was insanely expensive, and 2) the amount of added sugar and oils added was disconcerting; granola was more calorie-dense and less 'healthy' than I had thought. I still bought a couple packages to try and was not impressed with the taste either. That was that – my love affair with granola ended.

A couple months later I went back to the same B&B and was served the granola again. Wow! Sooooo good. I asked the host where she bought the granola and was impressed to hear she made it herself. This gave me the inspiration and motivation I needed to try making my own. The day I returned home I started experimenting to make a granola with maximum deliciousness and minimal added sugar and oil... and several trials later this divine creation was born:

When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

The perks to making your own homemade granola:

  • Yield: For a one-time effort this recipes makes LOADS of granola vs. the little amount you get when pre-packaged at the store.

  • Price: Significantly more affordable when made at home.

  • Taste: More delicious (in my humble opinion)!

  • Control: You decide what goes in it! Let’s explore this further…

When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

Freedom to control and change the add-ins each time:

  • Nuts/Seeds: This time I used a mixture of raw almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, but you could easily use cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans.

  • Spices: I didn’t add any spices but you can easily add cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice if you’d like.

  • Dried Fruit: I didn’t add any dried fruit because I often eat my granola with fresh fruit, but you can stir in dried fruit of choice such as raisins, craisins (dried cranberries), dried apples or mangoes after the granola is done cooking – the options here are unlimited!

  • Oils/Sugars: As mentioned above, the store-bought versions add loads of oils and sugars. By making your own, you can control the amount added and thus make it more healthful and wholesome than the pricy alternatives.

When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!
When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

There are a number of ways you can enjoy the granola:

  • On top of almond/coconut/soy yogurt.

  • In a small tupperware container as a snack.

  • Sprinkled on top of your morning fruit bowl with some plant-based milk.

  • Used as decoration on top of your banana nice cream (frozen banana blended to make ice cream), or decoration for any other assortment of desserts.

  • Sprinkled on top of a smoothie to make it more filling.

… you’re getting the idea.
When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!
When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!
When making your own granola at home you have the ability to go lightly on the added sugar and oils, while also having the freedom to add any spices, nuts, seeds or dried fruit of your choosing. So much goodness with one easy recipe!

Dietitian's Recommendation: If you’re going to eat granola, this is the way to go. Forget the store-bought stuff.