Coconut Maple Cinnamon Granola

  May 11, 2016  |  #Baked Goods

Hi, friends! I hope your week is going great! I’m doing more than just showing a day of snacks and meals today, I’m sharing your next snack recipe.

So, ya’ll may be surprised to hear this, but until recently, I’ve been a take it or leave it girl with granola. I like it, but I’d never feel the need to buy it. Plus, there’s the fact that I’m allergic to most nuts, so I always have to be super careful about ingredients. I’d never really thought twice about making my own. HUGE MISTAKE. Those days are long behind me now. I’m a true granola believer!

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I’m obsessed, and I foresee the creation of many more varieties coming. I instantly became infatuated the minute my oven started producing the amazing smells of maple and cinnamon- For a hot minute, I thought I was in a full-fledged bakery making rows and rows of fresh baked cinnamon buns.

Let’s talk about cinnamon for a sec. I’m a cinnamon lover.  Did you know it may help in regulating blood sugar? I add it to just about everything, from yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal bowls, toast, so naturally, it was going to find its way into granola. But really, how could you even have granola without cinnamon? Like how would that exist? It just wouldn’t be the same.

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The hardest part about cooking this is waiting for these little baby clusters to cool. As I mentioned above, you’re the master baker in your own little bakery and you just want to eat them all! Or just taste them to make sure they’re acceptable to sell in your non-existent bakery kitchen. Taste testing leads to superb products, right? Just quality assurance.

We went through the first batch so quickly that I experimented with round two, tweaking a few things.

The best part is that this takes 10 minutes to prepare, 45 minutes to bake, and uses 6 simple ingredients, which you probably already have at home. I’ll list them for you:

  • oats
  • cinnamon
  • coconut flakes
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • vegetable oil.

And, you’re avoiding all those weird-name store ingredients. So all of this greatness can be ready in an hour, but remember to allow some time to cool before breaking into chunks.

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What sets this apart are the baked, caramelized crisp coconut flakes within the granola clusters, but then you also top it with light, fresher flakes. Match made in heaven.

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5 from 1 vote
Coconut Maple Cinnamon Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
The rolled oats give you those complex carbohydrates for some satiating fiber, and the cinnamon and coconut make for a delicious tasty treat that's good on its own or in any oatmeal, yogurt, or salad concoction!
Course: granola, Snacks
Author: Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Β½ c Maple syrup
  • ΒΌ c coconut flakes +2 tbsp for topping
  • ΒΌ c vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 325-330. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients into large bowl and stir until combined well. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in an even layer (press down if you have to).
  2. Bake for 40-45 minutes. After removing from oven, top with 2 additional tbsp coconut flakes and let cool for 15-20 minutes, before breaking into pieces.


Oh, and these should last up to a week, but I doubt they’ll be around that long.

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The granola really goes perfectly over oatmeal or with a creamy, greek yogurt. My yogurt is much more pleasurable when it has a little crunch!

overnight oats

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I’m linking up with Annmarie, FarrahEsther, + Jess for Foodie Friday!

How do you like your granola? 

Can granola exist without cinnamon?

39 responses to “Coconut Maple Cinnamon Granola

  1. I so easily forget about granola and how damn easy it is to make your own. But then I make a batch and the smell of my house is enough to make me a total convert again. My favorite granola tip/hack is adding egg whites to my liquid mixture – this somehow create big CLUSTERS that stick together. Oh man I’m such a cluster girl. Try giving it a go.
    And no – granola most absolutely definitely could not exist without cinnamon. Not even a little bit.
    PS – I have no idea what any of those fancy things were that you got at your dinner – haha – but so cool you got to attend such a ritzy blog event!

  2. Granola is so dang addictive!! I can’t help but it have handful after handful.
    I had cottage cheese for breakfast with granola yesterday, an old favorite combination of mine, and I loved it! Definitely want to make this so I can have it again.

  3. That yogurt bowl looks like perfection- insert eye heart emoji here. Jealous of your local bloggers event- I only know two other Philly bloggers and would love to have a bigger network of people to meet and chat with- looking forward to your full recap!

    1. It was my first event but it seems like it will be a great resource – everyone was so nice and friendly! I’ve definitely tried to immerse myself in as many meet up groups as possible about blogging and networking.

  4. I would love to go to a blogger food event–its nice not to feel crazy about food photos for once i bet hahaha. I cant have granola without cinnamon…cinnamon is necessary! I also love some cacao nibs for chocolate flavor in mine!

  5. Wow, that looks like the simples granola recipe I’ve ever seen. I’m looking forward to hearing about the Charlotte Food Bloggers event. Granola is that kind of a snack where you can just stick your hands in many times and be surprised at how much you’ve eaten. πŸ™‚

  6. Yep – totally have all of these ingredients!! Granola is one of my favorite things to make homemade. It’s just so darn simple and so fun to experiment with!

  7. I have been thinking about making some granola for like… 3 weeks but I have not had the time/motivation/energy to do so. When I saw cinnamon my ears pricked right up! I just so happen to be having a total reading/baking/organising/blogging day tomorrow and this has made the recipe list for sure. They are the perfect snack to have at work when we’re super busy over long weekend shifts. Thanks for this one Sarah!

  8. It was great to meet you last night and that dinner was definitely delicious! And this granola looks delicious too πŸ™‚ I’m just like you – didn’t care much about the stuff until I started making my own and now I am hooked! Homemade is always better, right? This looks like a great nut-free option to try – yum!

  9. Some simple granola makes for such a wonderful breakfast! I should try making some again sometime.
    I totally hear you on the whole snack-turning-into-meal thing. That happened to be the other night. I started into some chips, then decided I was hungry enough to add a chicken breast and a salad. Oops. : )

    1. It happens to me alot, the snacks just don’t hold me over. Hence, I gravitate towards more smaller “meals” throughout the day! We just have to listen to our hunger cues.

  10. All of your eats look delicious – but especially this granola! We only keep our homemade granola in the house as that’s all Jesse will eat! And boyyyyyy does he get cranky if he finishes the jar and I don’t make a new batch by the next morning’s breakfast, haha!

  11. Ouh I love how easy this granola recipe is to make!! I’ve got all the ingredients with me right now :O, I might just make this if I get the chance!
    IT is so awesome that you got to attend a meal event with local bloggers, I’m sure you met some pretty awesome people!

  12. We have a nut allergy in our house too, so home made muesli or granola is a much safer option. This recipe looks great, I’ll have to try it. Love the coconut flakes!

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