Double Coconut and Cherry Granola

The problem with granola.

Once you start making your own, you can’t go back.

Sure, you still eat the store-brought stuff. But you don’t quite enjoy it as much as the batch you made by yourself right at your own home. The granola you measured and mixed and toasted and tossed – all by yourself – that’s the one that tastes the best.

Of course, if it happens to contain flax seed and sunflower seeds and sliced raw almonds and oh-so-healthy coconut oil, then you feel all the more virtuous eating it. You think, well it’s so healthy that I can toss in some dried cherries (high sugar content, but it’s still fruit, and it will lend a wonderful punch of sour). Oh and maybe some white chocolate chunks too? Just a little bit, just to add some… pops of white (and so you can have a teeny amount of chocolate for breakfast).

I’ve posted one other granola recipe on this blog (Dark Chocolate Almond Granola) before this but I have made many different batches since – just substituting the mix-ins. I always use the same base of old-fashioned oats, ground flax seed, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds. Sometimes, when I’m feeling feisty, I add walnuts too.

(I also always use the same old vintage mixing bowl from my mom. And by vintage I mean thrift store.)

This latest one is an instant favorite. It was my first time cooking with coconut oil, and not only did it lend a lovely aroma to my entire apartment, but the granola acquired an almost tropical flavors, which was made doubly good by the toasted coconut flakes, too.

I found that the secret to making good granola (and not burning it – because I’ve burned a couple of batches) is cooking it low and slow. I cooked this batch for nearly an hour at 275 degrees, but I did increase the heat to 300 for the last 15 minutes, which I think resulted in the beautiful golden brown color.

I was pretty generous with the salt in this batch: I added some salt to the dry oatmeal mixture, then I added more salt to the  liquid mix of coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. The end result was a perfect blend of salty-sweet flavors.

Double Coconut and Cherry Granola


4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sweetened raw coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks or chips


  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. In a big bowl, mix together the oat, almonds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Bring the coconut oil, butter, honey, sugar, and the remaining salt to a simmer on the stove. Cook for three to five minutes. Turn off heat and add the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour hot syrup over the oat mixture and toss well to coat.
  5. Spread out granola onto two parchment paper-lined sheet trays and bake for 50 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally and turning trays midway through. Increase the oven heat to 300 after 45 minutes, but Watch the granola carefully because you don't want to burn the coconut. It is done when it turns into a toasty golden brown color.
  6. Wait for granola to cool, then toss with the dried cherries and white chocolate.

Do you like granola? What’s your favorite flavor combination?


24 Responses to “Double Coconut and Cherry Granola”

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    yummychunklet posted March 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Ha! Looks great!

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} posted March 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Ooh! Double the BEST parts!! Love it!

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    Sues posted March 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    It’s so true! I’m actually making granola today (with flaxseed, too). It’s SO much better homemade and I love that you can do absolutely anything you want to it.

    P.S. My mom totally made your St. Germain heart Jello shots and they were AWESOME!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Yaayy I’m so glad you and your mom like the jello shots! PS – your mom is cool.

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    Michelle posted March 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I totally feel the same way about making granola bars!

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    Baking Serendipity posted March 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    There is almost always homemade granola in my house. I love yours! (The cherries and white chocolate pair so perfectly together.)

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    Daisy posted March 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    your granola looks beautiful! granola isn’t something i love or eat often. (I like it enough but I don’t think I’m as passionate about it as the majority of bloggers seem to be.)

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    Kerstin posted March 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    So pretty and such a great flavor combo! I’ve never been a huge granola person, but this version seems extra special :)

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    Hannah posted March 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Oh man yes, homemade granola is phenomenally better than anything, anything that comes in a packet. Oh, the joy of eating handfuls of “the burnt bits” when you first take it out of the oven, because they don’t count… :P

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted March 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Mmmm. I love granola – there are so many ways you can make it, too. Coconut and cherry sounds great and I LOVE the use of coconut oil.

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    Elizabeth posted March 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    My favorite granola has a tons of dried fruit and nuts, preferably pecans and dried cherries.

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    honeywhatscooking posted March 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    oooh, this looks so great. i need to test out flavors I like. definitely yes to coconut and cherry!

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    Kim K posted March 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    omfg – i love homemade granola – unfortunately i finish it in like 2 days flat – i usually make Elvis Granola…

    yours looks amazing – as i love both cherries and coconut (and of course chocolate)!

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    Meghan posted March 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Yum! I wish I had some of this for breakfast!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What a great combination of flavors. Acutally I love any way to sneak in chocolate for breakfast!

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    El posted March 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This looks sensational. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted March 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I just made my own granola bars (first time!) but i haven’t tried my hand at granola yet. This looks like a great recipe! I’m just worried I’d eat the whole batch in one sitting ;)

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    Asmita posted March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love this! Would be so good with some yogurt or even some plain cold milk. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.

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    Simply Life posted March 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    this recipe looks fabulous! I recently made granola with coconut oil and loved the added flavor it gave!

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    Susan posted March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve never made my own but I’ve always wanted to. This recipe looks amazing.

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    Megan posted March 7, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I love granola. I would make one just like this and mix in chocolate chips once it cooled!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted March 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Granola never looked so enticing – I love your blog fellow Choc lover :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Brown Butter Mixed M&M Chewy Cookies

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    Patty posted January 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I’m making this today! Coz it’s your birthday and I miss you and coz I and everyone I know who’s tasted this absolutely loved it! Have a wonderful wonderful day, okay?? I love you! Huuuug, we’ll call you later :)

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