Start your morning deliciously with this lemon coconut granola! Eaten with milk, yogurt, or on its own, it is a wonderful addition to breakfast.
Certain flavors, yummy as they may be, are made even more wonderful at the right time of year. Autumn is pumpkin season. Winter is a mix of cool peppermint and warm gingerbread. And summertime is lemon time. With summer coming to a close, then, it is the perfect time for one of my favorite granola recipes.
Breakfast is always great when it taste like dessert– and at it’s best when it’s good for you, too! Bright, tangy lemon is so good with toasted coconut, and this granola tastes like a deliciously sweet treat.
Don’t fear the toasted coconut here– you can make it quickly and easily on the stove top while the granola is baking in the oven, and though regular, untoasted coconut is still lovely, the little bit of extra effort pays off with so much added crispness and flavor.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- ½ cup nuts and/or seeds of choice
- 2-4 tablespoons granulated sweetener (optional)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- zest of one lemon
- ½-1 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 300° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, nuts/seeds, and, if using, the granulated sweetener.
- Pour in the lemon zest and maple syrup and stir until everything is coated.
- Spread the granola evenly onto the sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- While the granola is baking, add the shredded coconut to a skillet and cook over medium heat until golden brown, stirring often to avoid burning.
- When the granola has cooled completely, stir in the coconut.
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