There’s nothing better than a good bowl of buttery coconut granola in the morning! Enjoy this dairy free recipe with your favorite non-dairy milk, yogurt, or fresh fruit. Add berries, chocolate chips, or seeds to your bowl for an extra treat!
It’s definitely a good thing to know how to make a batch of allergy friendly, vegan granola. Store-bought granola often contains allergens, like nuts or dairy, or is allergy friendly, but costs about $15 a bag. Yikes.
You might be surprised to learn that it’s both easy and inexpensive to make your own gluten free coconut granola. It takes just a few minutes to put this together, and it makes a good amount that you can eat throughout the week for breakfast or for a snack.
I think homemade granola tastes much better than the kind you buy at the store. Plus, you know exactly what’s in it, so you can make sure that it’s safe for your dietary needs and allergies.
- Certified Gluten Free Oats – Yes, oats are gluten free. However, because oats are often grown near wheat fields, or processed in the same facility as wheat, they can be cross contaminated with gluten. That’s why it’s really important to buy certified gluten free oats. That way you can be sure that they are not cross contaminated, and that they are 100% gluten free.
- Coconut Flakes – You can use finely shredded coconut or larger flakes of coconut. Either will work well. If you are allergic to coconut, you can leave it out and just use more oats instead.
- Vegan Buttery Spread – I like Earth Balance Soy Free Vegan Buttery Spread, but you can use any brand that works for your dietary needs.
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup gives this granola a great flavor. You could also use honey if you are not vegan.
Grain Free Option
For a grain free version, you can try using more coconut flakes (especially large flakes), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or nuts instead of oats if you are able to eat them. It may not take as long to bake grain free granola – so keep an eye on the oven!
Step by Step Instructions
- You’ll need to melt some vegan buttery spread, and mix it with the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix in the certified gluten free oats, coconut flakes (if using), and salt.
- Stir well. Spread on a baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake at 250 degrees F for about 50 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before eating.
- Serve with non-dairy milk or yogurt and fresh fruit.
Store this homemade coconut granola in an airtight container or a ziploc bag. It should stay fresh for at least a week.
Serve this granola with:
- non-dairy milk
- dairy free chocolate chips
- fresh berries – blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
- seeds or nuts (if you can eat them)
- dried cherries or cranberries
- non-dairy yogurt
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Buttery Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan).
This buttery coconut granola is vegan, nut free, delicious, and so inexpensive to make!
- 3 cups certified gluten free oats
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅓ cup vegan buttery spread
- ⅓ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the vegan buttery spread in a large bowl and microwave for 35 seconds or until melted. Add the honey or maple syrup and the vanilla extract.
Stir in the oats, coconut flakes, and sea salt. Mix well until fully coated.
Spread the granola on the cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees F for 50 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.
After 50 minutes, if it is not golden brown, raise the heat to 275 degrees F and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Let cool completely and then store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to one week. .
If you can’t have coconut, you can use an equal amount of more oats or pumpkin seeds.
If you aren’t dairy free, go ahead and use regular dairy butter.
You can reduce the maple syrup to ¼ cup if you wish.
Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature. It should stay fresh for one week.
Do you have a recipe for Granola BARS ? I have two great nephews. One is gluten free and the other is dairy free.
I’m working on it! :)
This is a wonderful gift idea! I am going to test it out, and if all goes well…I’ll be gifting this granola to my loved ones. Thanks, Kelly :)
I hope you love it!
Do you have a list of go to allergy friendly brands that are verified GF, Vegan and nit free.?
Also looking for dates that are allergy friendly also
I love your site thankyou lots for me to try.can’t wait to make this.
I just made a batch of this today, and it’s so tasty! I’ve never baked granola with butter or vegan spread before, so I thought I’d give it a try. I definitely love the buttery taste in it!
Yay! I’m so glad you like it! Now I’m in the mood to make it again! :)
I love a good simple coconut granola and this definitely looks like it would be an awesome gift! I know I’d love to receive a few jars of this. :)
This is a wonderful gift idea! I am going to test it out, and if all goes well…I’ll be gifting this granola to my loved ones. Happy Tuesday, Kelly :)
Oh, I hope you enjoy it! I think it makes a great gift!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely
Oh how I just love coconut. This granola sounds delicious! I would love to have this for breakfast on top some yogurt with some fruit.
That’s what I’ve been doing all week! :)
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
This looks like the ultimate granola, Kelly! I’ve never tried coconut before, so I’m loving this version. Delish!
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
I love homemade granola, especially recipes with such simple ingredient lists. I’m hoping to make a batch either today or tomorrow, and I think I’ll try this recipe!
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
I did make this yesterday, and just enjoyed a bowl of it for breakfast. I love it! The coconut flavor is just right. I made mine with regular butter since we’re not vegan. Thanks for a great recipe!
I’m so glad you liked it, Kristine!