Coconut-Cherry Granola

Who doesn’t love granola? Crunchy, rich and sweet, it beats out regular cereal any morning of the week. I love making my own because it gives me complete control over what goes into it, and it is so easy to switch up the flavor each and every time! I love the tropical coconut and tart cherries in this version.

Coconut-Cherry Granola

Coconut-Cherry Granola


  • 5 c. rolled oats (NOT quick-cooking!)
  • 1 c. almonds
  • 4 T. flax seeds
  • 1/2 c. agave nectar
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 c. dried cherries, unsweetened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the oats, almonds, and flax seeds in a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, agave nectar, and peanut butter in a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until ingredients are well-blended. It looks kind of gross, but it will get prettier later. Promise.
  4. Keep cooking and stirring. When it gets nice and bubbly like this,
  5. remove from heat and pour over the oats mixture. Stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  6. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Add the cherries and coconut.
  7. Stir well, then bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool.


No, your milk will not look pink. Unless, that is, your apartment has awful lighting like mine does!

Looking for another delicious breakfast recipe? Check out my breakfast quinoa balls! (Bonus: they are both vegan and gluten-free!)


  1. Luna says

    Hello :) your granola looks *yummy* … do you thing I can substitute honey for agave and maple syrup? By the way, I live in Italy, may I ask you why did you and your fiance decide to visit Piemonte (since there were Sicily, Puglia, Cinque Terre, Amalfi…)? Just curious 😛

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      You could definitely use honey instead of agave/ syrup! I was making this to send to a few vegan friends, and that’s the only reason I didn’t use honey.

      We chose the Piedmont ride because it was one that I knew I could train for without it being above my ability level, and because of all the ‘foodie’ opportunities throughout the trip — wine tastings, meals with and made by local families, truffle hunting, and the truffle festival!

  2. says

    Coconut-cherry is my favorite granola combo – probably the most made granola flavor at my house. I’ve never tried a peanut butter mix before… but after making Dreena’s Super-Charge Me cookies this last week I’m now sold on the fact that you can add nut butters to thing without them being too overwhelming. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Yay for the granola train! I’ll definitely be trying your version soon :-)

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