It’s always the simplest things, isn’t it. My cookbook’s been out four months now and I can tell you the recipe that gets the most love out there is this one – a fun granola recipe I invented one day when I was frantic for something crunchy and golden and…well, something to take the place of cereal on the couch when you’re a tad down (and it’s 4pm on a rainy Saturday afternoon).

Coco-nutty granola, photography by Marija Ivkovic

A lot of you have made the recipe. But I thought I’d share it today with the rest of you. Perhaps you’ve been having a taddish downish kind of day….

Coco-nutty granola

 Makes 5 cups

  • 4-5 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • 3 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 cups almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pepitas (preferably activated ones), chopped roughly
  • 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup (optional; I personally don’t sweeten my granola at all. Perhaps do half a batch with, half without and see what you like.)

Preheat oven to 120 C. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, spread evenly on baking paper on a tray and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until golden, turning halfway.

When golden (I like to make mine quite dark; the darker it is, the crunchier it is), remove and cool immediately to get it crispy.

I like to eat this granola with yoghurt – nice and chunky.

You may wish to add some rolled oats, in which case toss 2 cups into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and add a little more oil and syrup.

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Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Alison Hudd

    I think that’s per batch of 10 serves if I’ve read it correctly.

  • xxLisaxx

    You call it granola, so I’m wondering if you are using US 15 ml tablespoons, not the Australian 20ml size?
    Can you please confirm?

  • Renee

    Does any one else find that this takes way longer to cook? I love it but it takes over an hour to cook – and I’m sure my oven is OK!

  • Julie Fiedler

    is it 2 cups each of the almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans & pepitas? Or all together?
    thanks