This Coconut Macaroon Granola is hands-down the best granola I’ve ever tasted. I could eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!a white bowl full of Coconut Macaroon Granola

This is my happy dance granola.

Nuts, cranberries and oats taken to a whole new level with the addition of mini coconut macaroons.

I love this stuff so much that when Chris and I went away to a fancy hotel this weekend, I was pining for my granola rather than the delicious breakfast selection on offer.  As sad as it sounds, I even tried to put together a makeshift version at the buffet bar – using the hotel granola plus nuts, fruit, yogurt and honey.

It just wasn’t the same though.

It’s the coconut macaroons you see.  They’re addictive.

Chris was running late for work on Friday, so he took my granola out of the cupboard and fished out as many macaroon pieces as he could find, and ate those for his breakfast whilst putting his shoes on!

In case you’re wondering, then yes, he did get a slightly snotty message from me later when I made the discovery (I really shouldn’t be so possessive about cereal).

Gracey went on a school trip earlier last week, and I made her up a bag of the mini macaroons with raisins as a snack. Unpacking her suitcase when she came home, I found the bag of raisins – with every macaroon piece gone.

A tray of mini Coconut Macaroons

This kind of single-minded macaroon addiction should probably have me more worried…..

I have got to admit that this breakfast isn’t as healthy as my refined-and-liquid-sugar-free granola.  But I’m willing to bet it’s still lower in sugar than a lot of store bought varieties.

And even though I couldn’t resist this pouring shot of some honey being drizzled on, this breakfast doesn’t actually need the honey.  I’ve just had an extra large bowl (to make up for not having it at the weekend…) of this granola with some natural Greek yogurt and berries, and it was perfectly perfect.

Bowl of Coconut Macaroon Granola with Greek yogurt and honey being poured onto

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5 from 1 vote

Coconut Macaroon Granola

Coconut Macaroon Granola - Hands-down the best granola I've ever tasted. Gluten free too!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 15 portions
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, British



  • 320 g (3 cups) whole rolled oats make sure they're gluten free if required
  • 4 packed tbsp light-brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) Chopped mixed nuts (I used pecans, walnuts and almonds)
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries


  • 65 g (2/3 cup) desiccated coconut (I used unsweetened coconut)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free plain (all-purpose) flour normal all-purpose flour is fine if you're not gluten intolerant
  • 1 egg white from a large egg
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  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F (fan).
  • Start with the granola. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, honey, coconut oil and water. Once mixed, spoon it out onto a large metal baking tray and place it in the oven for 20 minutes. Check on the granola after the 10th and 15th minute to make sure it's not burning at the edges. If the edges of the granola are looking a lot darker, give the granola a mix.
    320 g (3 cups) whole rolled oats, 4 packed tbsp light-brown sugar, 3 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tbsp water
  • Whilst the granola is cooking, make the macaroons. Mix all the macaroon ingredients together in a bowl. Use a teaspoon to scoop out small blobs of the mixture (each blob about 1/2 a tsp in size) and place the blobs on a metal baking tray. You can use your hands to pinch out the blobs if you prefer. Leave a little bit of space around each macaroon. They won't spread, but if they're touching another macaroon, they will meld together.
    65 g (2/3 cup) desiccated coconut (I used unsweetened coconut), 3 tbsp caster sugar, 1 tbsp gluten free plain (all-purpose) flour, 1 egg white
  • Once the granola has been in the oven for 20 minutes, add in the chopped nuts and place back in the oven on the bottom shelf. Place the tray of macaroons on the top shelf and cook for 6-8 minutes until the macaroons are golden brown.
    50 g (1/2 cup) Chopped mixed nuts
  • Take the granola and macaroons out of the oven. Leave to cool slightly, then mix the dried cranberries and the macaroons into the granola mix. Leave to cool completely before pouring into an air-tight jar.
    100 g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries


This granola should keep for a minimum of two weeks in an air-tight jar at room temperature.
This version of granola is not a very 'clumpy' version (I'm relying on the macaroons for the clumps). If you prefer it clumpier, simply mix an egg white and an extra tbsp. of sugar into the granola before cooking. Leave the granola to cool completely before breaking it up.
Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Eleanor says:

    5 stars
    Perfect weekend breakfast treat, feels like we had a dessert too. Fab.

  2. Connie says:

    This was an easy and fantastic recipe – makes an adorable gift! I subbed dried blueberries for the cranberries. Chocolate may make its way into the next batch

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for the feedback Connie, so glad you like it!
      Ooh chocolate sounds fantastic!!

  3. Natalya says:

    This look DELICIOUS!!!! Did you use sweetened coconut?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Natalya, I used unsweetened coconut – since there’s sugar in the macaroons already (thanks for pointing out, I’ll update the recipe).

      1. Natalya says:

        Just an update, I made this today and OMG!!! This is so so so good. I did add a touch of vanilla to the macaroon mixture just because I like the vanilla flavor in them but this is amazing. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.

      2. Nicky Corbishley says:

        So glad you liked it Natalya 🙂 Thanks for coming back and letting me know!

  4. Corina says:

    Love the macaroons in the granola – I would never ever have thought to put them together like that but it looks so tasty.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Corina 🙂

  5. Chantelle | naked cuisine says:

    This is the most amazing granola recipe I’ve ever laid eyes on! I loooooove macaroons so so much and this is just genius.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ha ha thanks Chantelle. I love it – can’t wait for my breakfast in the morning 🙂

  6. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    Stunningly beautiful! Absolutely love this super YUMMY energy bowl! 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Anu 🙂