Best ever healthy homemade chocolate chip coconut granola that is chunky, sweet, and perfectly crisp. Made with simple and clean ingredients like maple syrup, almond butter, and shredded coconut, this nutritious, no oil homemade granola is the ideal breakfast, healthy snack, or late night treat. Tastes like a chocolate chip cookie!
The best homemade coconut granola recipe
I am obsessed with granola!! I put it on everything…. from yogurt bowls to chia pudding, to eating it like cereal, to just snacking on it out of the bag. There is simply nothing better than a perfectly salted, crisp batch of homemade granola.
Let’s be honest, store-bought granola is so expensive. One small bag costs nearly $8! That’s why I am so excited to share this delicious, coconut cookie granola recipe with you guys! You’ll be able to make double the quantity for half the price.
I have to admit, one of the best things about this simple homemade coconut granola is the fact that you can make a huge batch over the weekend and enjoy it all week. It is the perfect healthy meal-prep recipe for people rushed in the mornings! Plus, this easy recipe is super customizable; use any type of nuts, nut butter, and easily double or triple the recipe. Your kids and family will love it!
Safe to say, this no oil chocolate chip coconut granola is going to be your go to healthy granola recipe! It is truly the perfect crumbly, nutty, and crunchy granola.
Is chocolate chip granola healthy?
YES!! Granola is full of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins,
This sweet and salty homemade granola is clean, nutritious, and incredibly tasty! There are absolutely no preservative, refined sugars, or random ingredients in this recipe.
To make this granola as healthy as possible, I removed a lot of common granola ingredients such as granulated sugar, brown sugar, olive oil, and more. Instead, I used these alternatives!
- Almond butter: to keep the granola moist and crisp I used almond butter! There is absolutely no added oil in this granola recipe!
- Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup has got to be my favorite natural sweetener! It is the perfect sweet touch to this salty, nutty granola. It also helps crisp granola up!
- Old-fashion rolled oats: Such an easy way to boost fiber and healthy fats! Rolled oats work better than steel-cut or quick oats for granola!
- Pecans: I used pecans in this recipe which is a great source of fiber, copper, thiamine, and zinc.
Ingredients in no oil homemade granola
You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients to get this easy recipe going! I am all about simplicity and ease, so don’t worry, you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already. For this easy gluten free snack recipe, you’ll need rolled oats, maple syrup, and of course, chocoalte chips!
- Rolled oats
- Shredded coconut
- Ground cinnamon
- Maple syrup
- Almond butter
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
Easy ingredient substitutions chocolate chip granola
You guys probably know by now that I love simple and easy recipes! If you don’t love every ingredient in this one, I am here to help you out with a list of the very best substitutions!
Are you Gluten-Free? Make sure to use certified gluten free oats to make this granola totally gluten free.
Maple Syrup: Substitute maple syrup with honey!
Pecans: Use any type of nuts you want! Walnuts, peanuts, and almond will also taste great!
Almond Butter: If you run out of almond butter you can use any nut butter! Be aware that peanut butter will take away the coconut flavor.
Kitchen materials needed to make homemade granola
For this easy breakfast recipe, you’ll only need a couple of kitchen tools making the clean up super easy! You’ll need a mixing bowl to make the healthy granola and an oven to bake it.
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Mixing Bowl
- Stirring Utensil
- Measuring cups: 1/4 tsp, 1/4 cup, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
Tips for making healthy granola
Bake granola at a low temperature: this prevents the yummy granola from burning and give it that beautiful golden flavor and texture.
Make sure you coat all of the granola with the wet ingredients: it’s important to evenly coat the rolled oats in the almond butter and maple syrup so that every bite is perfectly crunchy and sweet
Tell when the granola is done by looking at the color: this healthy coconut granola recipe is pretty fool-proof! All you need to do is bake for 10 minutes, stir, then bake for 10 minutes more. The granola should look slightly golden brown when it comes out of the oven. It may not be crunchy to the touch, but know that the granola gets crunchier as it sits to cool.
Do not stir granola when it comes out of the oven if you want it to be chunky: wait 20 minutes before breaking the granola up!
Don’t add your chocolate chips until the granola is completely cool: If you add the chocolate too soon then it will just melt.
How to make healthy chocoalte chip coconut granola
My favorite thing about this simple and easy on oil added granola recipe (besides the taste of course) is how easy they are to make! This recipe is the absolute perfect addition to any meal; plus, it is plant based, gluten free, low sugar, and dairy free!
First, preheat your oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, shredded coconut, pecans, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to blend.
After that, in a smaller bowl, combine maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 15 – 20 seconds and pour over dry ingredients. Stir until all oats are completely coated.
Now, pour the granola onto your lined baking sheet and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Press the granola down using a spatula – this will make sure it is chunky!
Bake until lightly golden, about 18 to 22 minutes, stirring halfway through. If you want big chunks, make sure to pat down the granola with you spatula again after stirring half way though. Make sure you do not burn your granola, it will further crisp up as it cools outside the oven!
Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed (at least 20 minutes). Break apart, add in your mini chocolate chips, even an extra sprinkle of coconut, and enjoy!
Store your homemade healthy chocolate chip coconut granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to store extra healthy chocoalte chip cookie granola
Make extra? No worries, save extras in a sealed airtight container at room temperature for 1 – 2 weeks or in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.
Did you make this granola recipe?
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Looking for other tasty granola recipes? Check these out!
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup, or honey
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, shredded coconut, pecans, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, combine maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 20 seconds and pour over dry ingredients. Stir until all oats are completely coated.
- Next spread the granola on the lined baking sheet in an even layer and press down using a spatula.
- Baked for 18 - 22 minutes, until golden brown. Stir granola halfway through and make sure to press down into a flat layer again after mixing. Granola will further crisp up as it cools.
- Let cool for at least 20 – 25 minutes before breaking apart. Add in mini chocolate chips.
- Store in an airtight container for 7 - 14 days.
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