Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

This Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola is so delicious! Store in an airtight container for up to a month!

I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to share my favourite granola recipe with you! I love this stuff! I’m not even exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best darn things you’ll ever eat for breakfast. This Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola is the bomb! It’s about a zillion times better that the granola clusters you can buy at the supermarket (and way cheaper too!). It will last up to a month in an airtight container in the fridge… so make a big batch on the weekend and you’ll be eating deliciously crunchy granola bites all week.

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

I tell you – my love for this Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola runs deep! It takes about 10 minutes to prepare (which is nothing!!) and makes heaps. Love, love, love that. You know when you go to a trendy cafe and order granola? Well this is just like that (but way better because you’ve made it yourself!).

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

To make the granola you melt coconut oil, brown sugar and honey together. Add in some cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract (this is what is going to make your tastebuds sing with a delicious sweet and ever-so-slightly salty combo). OMG it’s amazing. Mix that amazing little liquid together with rolled oats and chopped almonds and you have a match made in granola heaven.

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

Partway through cooking, I like to add in some dried cranberries. You can use any dried fruit you like or leave it out completely – totally up to you.

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

Oh and if you’re not a fan of coconut oil, don’t be put off! You can’t taste it at all. My husband doesn’t really like coconut oil and yet I make this all the time and he’s never, ever noticed (well, until he reads this post, that is!). You can replace the coconut oil with butter if you like, but I find that using coconut oil with give you the best crunch!

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

It’s really important to give your Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola a good stir every 10 minutes while it’s cooking – this will ensure it cooks evenly. You’ll know your granola is ready when it’s just started to look slightly golden (not brown!!). At this stage your granola won’t look or feel like delicious little crunchy clusters… nope that magic will happen while it cools. Once it has cooled completely, break the granola into clusters.

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil GranolaYou can go the traditional (and super yummy) way and have a bowl of granola with milk and fresh fruit. Or you can take things up a notch and make a granola, berry and yoghurt parfait (see I told you… who needs a trendy little cafe when you can make your own fancy breakfast at home!).

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil GranolaDo you make your own granola at home? Isn’t it just the best thing ever!

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola Looking for more yummy breakfast inspiration? Why not make your own Vanilla Berry Chia Pods? Or perhaps a plate of French Toast with Berry Compote? Or my very favourite Smashed Avocado, Feta, Mint & Lemon on Ciabatta! Mmmm… so much breakfast-y goodness!

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

The yummiest and best Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola recipe!
Course Bircher Muesli/Oatmeal, Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Healthy Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup (70g) melted coconut oil when melted
  • 1/3 cup (65g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (360g) rolled oats not instant oats!
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius.
  2. Grease and line a 30X20cm slice tray with baking paper.
  3. Chop almonds roughly and place into a large bowl.
  4. Add the rolled oats to the almonds and set aside.
  5. Place the coconut oil and honey into a microwavable safe bowl.
  6. Heat for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
  8. Heat for a further 30 seconds.
  9. Add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla and stir.
  10. Pour the liquid over the rolled oats and almonds and stir to combine.
  11. Place the granola mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  12. During the cooking time, remove the mixture every 10 minutes and stir well.
  13. With 5 minutes cooking time remaining, add the dried cranberries and stir to combine.
  14. Remove the granola from the oven and set aside to cool completely. As it sets, it will harden up.
  15. Break the granola into clusters.
  16. The granola can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

Thermomix Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius.
2. Grease and line a 30X20cm slice tray with baking paper.
3. Place the almonds into the TM bowl and press Turbo 3 times. Remove the almonds and set aside in a separate bowl.
4. Add the melted coconut oil, brown sugar and honey to the TM bowl and mix for 2 minutes, Speed 2, 100 degrees.
5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 2 minutes, Speed 2, 100 degrees.
6. Add the salt, cinnamon, almonds and rolled oats and mix for 20-30 seconds on Reverse, Speed 2.
7. Place the granola mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
8. During the cooking time, remove the mixture every 10 minutes and stir well.
9. With 5 minutes cooking time remaining, add the dried cranberries and stir to combine.
10. Remove the granola from the oven and set aside to cool completely. As it sets, it will harden up.
11. Break the granola into clusters.
*The granola can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

 

 

 

52 thoughts on “Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola”

  1. I am making this today! Yum, I love granola and everything that goes into this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow now!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Vicki! It’s definitely my favourite combo!

  2. This looks just crazy amazing to me. I love homemade granola, especially when it looks all clumpy like this and not like dust. Pinned!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha oh thank you! Yep I;m a big fan of the clusters!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you Jess! That is so lovely coming from you xx

  3. I really want to try this because of what you said about coconut oil giving it the extra crunch-I’m crazy for crunch! 😛

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh yes the crunch is definitely the best!

  4. I can’ believe it has taken you that long either! That looks so good, you should package it up and sell it at gourmet stores. You’ll make a fortune!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha what a fab idea Nagi!! Although I think I’d get sick of it if I made that many batches lol!

  5. We make one just like this and it’s all kinds of yum! In fact it’s so yummy, I love eating it all on it’s own! And yes, those photos are totally swoonsome!

  6. Ooh my goodness, Lucy i can’t thank you enough for posting your Granola recipe! I have been meaning to make this for so long. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe x

  7. Hadia says:

    I love granola for breakfast, Lucy, and yours looks so flavorful! The photos are so beautiful too!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you Hadia – you are so kind!

  8. Maxabella says:

    This is more like a breakfast treat than a breakfast proper! Adore this kind of food! x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too – it is a bit of a treat… but an easy treat!

  9. Lucy, these photographs look good enough to eat! So much deliciousness here! Thanks for another great recipe (stopping by with #FYBF)

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh Tonia you are way too kind! Thank you xx

  10. Soooo good. Amazeballs. My boys will love this x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha thanks Bele.

  11. Oh wow – talk about splurging at brekkie. THIS I could find an appetite for! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!!!

  12. Lauren says:

    Thanks for sharing this and many other recipes Lucy … Another easy recipe I made that is really good to eat!! Thank you

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thank you so much!! You’ve made my day! xx

  13. Jeannette says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest this morning and I have to tell you…IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD…and that is an understatement!!
    I couldn’t go to the store, so I used what I had on hand: pecans (I toasted them) in place of the almonds; pure maple syrup in place of the honey; raisins in place of the craisins; and gluten free oatmeal in place of the oatmeal listed. This was very good. Thank you so much!
    I immediately signed up to get your blog in my email.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh Jeanette, I’m so thrilled to hear that!! I love the sound of the changes you made!

  14. Mona says:

    I just bought a container of granola that sounds suspiciously like this and it was sort of expensive. The way that I love it, I’ll bet I can save a fortune by making it myself. I think I’ll add sunflower and pumpkin seeds to it when I make it.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh absolutely! You’ll be amazed at how much you save (and how much a batch will make!)

  15. Katie says:

    Why does it need to be refrigerated? Just for freshness? Granola never lasts long enough to go bad in my home.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Katie, I find that being in the refrigerator keeps the granola super crunchy!

  16. Rachelle says:

    This.Is.Sensational.

    It’s going to take some serious willpower not to scoff the lot in one sitting.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha I know exactly the feeling! So glad you liked it!

  17. Esther Carter says:

    Made this amazing Granola today.
    Super crunchy, not too sweet and perfect on top off my yoghurt. A friend came to visit as I was breaking up the Granola and after tasting it she left with a copy of the recipe.
    Definitely will make this again.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh wow!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so thrilled that you and your friend enjoyed it! xx

  18. Francoise sless says:

    What other oil can I use intsted of coconut oil?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      I wouldn’t use any oil apart from coconut oil – that’s what gives it a lovely crunch!

  19. Marilyn says:

    Loved it!!!!! I added golden flax seed & had walnuts instead of almonds.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Fantastic idea!! xx

  20. Lauren says:

    Does it really take a tablespoon of vanilla? Wasn’t sure if this was a typo or not. Thanks! Excited to try:-)

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yep a tablespoon is right! 🙂

  21. Pam says:

    I really really HATE your recipe!!! Because I’m addicted to it now! When I go to the kitchen I can’t avoid to take some of this from the container. I think it is one of the best granola recipe I have made and it is SIMPLE! Thank you very very much, I’m very happy for the result!!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahahaha oh I got worried when I started reading your comment! Lol! Yes I totally do exactly the same thing – it really is super addictive. Thank you so much!!! xx

  22. Deme says:

    I love your recipe and have made it three times already!! I did make a few changes like omitting the cranberries as I’m not a big fan, and I added sunflower seeds. I was wondering how to go about adding chocolate chips? I shouldn’t bake them right, they’ll just melt?? Also thinking about adding coconut flakes. Have you tried adding chocolate chips?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Deme, I’m so glad you enjoy it! If you use baking chocolate chips they shouldn’t melt. 🙂

  23. Elona says:

    Finally a granola with the perfect crunch! SOOOO good!

  24. Tera says:

    Great flavor, followed recipe exactly, was hoping for some granola clusters, instead I got crunchy granola with NO clusters. Bummer

  25. Linda says:

    Made this over the weekend. Great recipe and easy to follow. It was very hard to let it cool completely to get the clusters. I did add unsweetened flaked coconut. I will make this again.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Linda! Yay I’m so glad you liked it!! Hahaha yes it is so hard to wait for it too cool!!!

  26. Nicole says:

    I just put this together and OMG!! I’m putting this into my regular rotation for sure, thank you!!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Yay!!! I’m so happy to hear that!!! xx

  27. Michele Holley says:

    What is a serving size of this recipe? Only to keep me from eating it all in one sitting Ha!!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Michele, oh it’s very hard not to eat it all!!! It makes around 8 serves 🙂

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