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This easy Almond Joy Granola is a homemade treat that tastes like the candy bar! Old fashioned oats are mixed with toasted coconut, sliced almonds, and chocolate chunks for the perfect snack recipe!

We love homemade granola. It tastes great as a grab-and-go snack, a crunchy topping on top of muffins, or sprinkled over your favorite yogurt.

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RECIPE FEATURES

  • Quick and Easy Breakfast: This recipe can be ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.
  • Long Lasting: Homemade granola will last up to 8 weeks, if stored properly.
  • Big Crunchy Pieces: This recipe cooking method gives you nice and large chunks.

Granola is a HUGE hit on my site. You all love it, and I love to make it. This version is an adaptation of the first ever granola I put on my site. I took the easy staple and added some key ingredients; toasty coconut pieces, sliced almonds, and chocolate chunks. SO. DANG. GOOD.

It has all of the makings of an Almond Joy bar, which happens to be one of my husbands favorite candies, and is perfect for a grab-and-go snack.

measuring cup filled with oats with shredded coconut and sliced almonds on a table

WHAT TYPE OF OATS DO YOU USE IN GRANOLA?

Rolled oats, also known as old fashioned oats, are the perfect canvas for granola recipes. Using quick oats will leave you with a less than desirable texture, as they tend to break down more during the baking process. The other ingredients are relatively basic. Here is what you need:

  • Brown Sugar: This adds a slight sweetness with a small bit of molasses flavor that compliments the oats and chocolate well.
  • Salt: A flavor enhancer that blends together the ingredients. However, you can skip this if you are looking for a low sodium recipe.
  • Cinnamon: Optional, but a delicious addition to the oats. Cinnamon pairs so well with the chocolate and helps this recipe stand out.
  • Coconut: Unsweetened or sweetened coconut that has NOT been toasted. As the granola cooks the coconut, and almonds, will toast to perfection.
  • Almonds: Sliced or slivered almonds that are raw. Like the coconut, they will cook as the granola bakes.
  • Oil: I opt for coconut or avocado oil. It leaves minimal flavor and helps hold everything together.
  • Honey: Another sweetener but also a great way to help hold together the big granola clusters.
  • Vanilla: Try to use pure vanilla extract. Imitation vanilla, while cheaper, will leave a chemical aftertaste.
  • Chocolate: Chips, chunks, or pieces of your favorite chocolate. We opted for a semi sweet, or dark, chocolate.
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HOW TO MAKE ALMOND JOY GRANOLA

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment and set aside.
  3. Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon, coconut, and sliced almonds in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the coconut oil and honey to a small saucepan.
  5. Heat over low/medium heat until warmed and the oil is completely liquidated, roughly 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Pour the oil mixture over the oats and stir to combine.
  8. Spread into an even layer onto the prepared sheet.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, gently stirring once halfway through.
  10. Granola is done when golden brown and fragrant.
  11. Sprinkle with chocolate and serve or store.
light blue bowl on a wooden table filled with homemade granola

TIPS AND FAQS FOR THIS COCONUT ALMOND GRANOLA RECIPE

How long does homemade granola last?

This granola will last up to 8 weeks stored in an air tight container in the pantry. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let come to room temperature on the counter and enjoy.

What is the best way to store granola?

Keep cooled granola stored in an air tight container, like a mason jar, or a zip top bag in the pantry or on the counter.

How do you eat granola?

This granola is delicious by the handful, in a bowl with milk, on top of yogurt, or on top of a smoothie.

Why isn’t my granola crunchy?

When the granola first comes out of the oven and is still warm it will not look crunchy. As it cools you will see it start to firm up and big clusters form.

Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned?

No. This recipe needs old fashioned, or rolled oats, in order to bake properly. Quick oats will fall apart and not hold up during the baking process.

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Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This easy Almond Joy Granola is a homemade treat that tastes like the candy bar! Old fashioned oats are mixed with toasted coconut, sliced almonds, and chocolate chunks for the perfect snack recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment and set aside.
  3. Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon, coconut, and sliced almonds in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the coconut oil and honey to a small saucepan.
  5. Heat over low/medium heat until warmed and the oil is completely liquidated, roughly 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Pour the oil mixture over the oats and stir to combine.
  8. Spread into an even layer onto the prepared sheet.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, gently stirring once halfway through.
  10. Granola is done when golden brown and fragrant.
  11. Sprinkle with chocolate and serve or store.

Notes

I do suggest taste testing as you go. I put about 1/4 cup of sugar and honey but my husband likes it with a little less (around 2-3 tablespoons).

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g
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