A perfect way to bid farewell to the last of summer's bounty, this surprisingly easy and delicious granola recipe will make you look like a great cook in front of your friends and family--or hanger-on. The flavors are bold but balanced and combine to create a crunchy, flavorful mix of foraged goodies. What's not to love about that?
Summer is a season of foraging, picking, and preserving. I love to make this healthy granola recipe with the summer bounty - dried fruit, grains whatever! But I don't always have time to grind oats and bake them; the sweetener can be expensive. So the solution is simple: Just use coconut oil instead of honey or maple syrup, and your granola will have all the flavor you need!
Why this recipe works
Say goodbye to summer with my go-to granola recipe. This easy recipe is perfect for your next outdoor adventure, made with dried mulberries and raspberries (foraged ingredients), dehydrated peaches, and more. This homemade coconut granola is rich in flavor and is made with coconut oil, a base of oats, curly dock seeds, almonds, and more. Taste it for yourself!
This granola is perfect for a healthy breakfast on its own or as an accompaniment to yogurt or almond milk.
- old fashioned oats: whole oats are what you need here, and they are usually easy to pick up.
- dried peach slices: these could be swapped for another fruit like unsweetened coconut flakes to coconut chips
- dehydrated berries
- curly dock seeds: if you did not forage for these, flax seeds or chia seeds could be a good mix-in.
- coconut oil: Melted coconut oil is key here. This could be a mix of different oils such as olive oil, canola oil,
- dehydrated crushed pineapple
- Honey: you can swap this for real maple syrup
- Pepitas (dried pumpkin seeds) but you can use sunflower seeds, raw almonds or other nuts. you have in your pantry
This granola is a great way to use up the last of your summer fruit. I love it with dried peaches, but you could also use apples, apricots, or strawberries.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the sheet pan from the oven, and leaves it out until the granola cools to room temperature completely before mixing dried fruit and storing in an airtight container.
Store your granola (i store mine in a mason jar!) in a cool dark place or freeze for later use!
Summer is fading fast, but there's one thing you can do to make the season last just a little bit longer: make granola.
This granola is made with oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. I added dried cranberries and almonds for some extra sweetness, but you could use any type of nuts or seeds you like best!
To make it even better, you can easily customize your homemade granola by adding other ingredients like your favorite dried fruits (we love raisins!), chocolate chips, or chopped-up candy bars for an extra sweet treat! Your friends will be impressed with how great it tastes when they realize it's homemade!
This is a great base recipe, the perfect snack for your morning coffee, or a great topping for yogurt parfaits. I like to use coconut oil and dried crushed pineapple in this recipe because it gives the granola a sweet tropical flavor.
This granola is not made up of clumpy clusters and can be enjoyed as a breakfast cereal, sprinkled over ice cream, or as a crunchy snack. Do as the hippies did! For this recipe, I like to serve it with fresh fruit and tart greek yogurt.
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup lemon honey
- ¼ cup of curly dock seeds
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ½ cup of dried crushed pineapple
- 1 cup dried berries
- ¼ cup dried peaches