Lemon Coconut Granola

Start your morning deliciously with this lemon coconut granola! Eaten with milk, yogurt, or on its own, it is a wonderful addition to breakfast.

Start your morning deliciously with this lemon coconut granola! Eaten with milk, yogurt, or on its own, it is a wonderful addition to breakfast.

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.


Lemon Coconut Granola

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, nuts/seeds, and, if using, the granulated sweetener.
  3. Pour in the lemon zest and maple syrup and stir until everything is coated.
  4. Spread the granola evenly onto the sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. 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.
  6. When the granola has cooled completely, stir in the coconut.
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Start your morning deliciously with this lemon coconut granola! Eaten with milk, yogurt, or on its own, it is a wonderful addition to breakfast.

Thinking Out Loud

  1. Currently Reading: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. SO GOOD.
  2. Parents Design a Magical Harry Potter-Themed Nursery for Their Baby. I am super jealous of this tiny child, guys.
  3. Things I’m loving this week: essie’s Gel Couture nail polish. I haven’t typically been a nail-polisher. I’m exceptionally hard on my hands and regular nail polish chips within hours– what’s the point? Amanda of Running with Spoons put essie on my radar, though, and I decided to give it a shot. Full disclosure: essie markets this as lasting up to 14 days… I get about five. However, that is miraculous for me, and I still give it a (remarkably unchipped) thumbs up! There are 42 pretty colors to choose from– I’m currently rocking Surrounded by Studs.
  4. Recipes I tried this week:
    Lentil Tabouleh Salad – Confessions of a Mother Runner

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Start your morning deliciously with this lemon coconut granola! Eaten with milk, yogurt, or on its own, it is a wonderful addition to breakfast.

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62 comments

  1. Marla says:

    HI Courtney,
    Sounds like a tasty and healthy snack that would be perfect for anytime of the day. I love your combination of lemon, coconut & oats. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  2. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says:

    I agree – lemon is summer time! This looks so tasty to top some yogurt or a smoothie bowl!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for #HealthyVeganFridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    (PS I’m also very jealous of the baby with the HP nursery!)

  3. Nicole says:

    What an interesting flavor combo. I’ve never had lemon granola before! I love homemade granola and will have to try this recipe. I pinned it to my Granola board.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  4. Kimmythevegan says:

    Oooh breakfast for dessert… Yes, please! And you’re right – nothing says summer like a sweet & sour lemon. I love the coconut with the lemon combo too. This is just such a great sounding granola – I can’t wait to try it =)

  5. Deborah Davis says:

    What a pleasure it will be to make this hearty breakfast in my own kitchen! I am so delighted that you shared this healthy and delicious Lemon Coconut Granola with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m Pinning and sharing this!

  6. Deborah Davis says:

    A yummy way to start the day! We’re so glad you shared this healthy and delicious Lemon Coconut Granola recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing!

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