I’m so doing the Friday dance.

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Granted my Friday dance is probably different than yours and consists of blasting something ridiculous like Kenny Loggins (however, the amount of times I’ve listened to Thrift Shop in the last week is embarrassing and also, age appropriate. sorta.) but that’s okay. We can bond over snacks. 

Like this granola. !!!!!

I know. I’ve been overzealous with the exclamation points lately and it’s consuming me. I have good reason here though.

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[Don’t mind my little pink measuring spoon that looks like the end was chewed off. I didn’t get hungry and take a bite.

It had a war with the garbage disposal.

And lost.]

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You guys know I make plenty of recipes with coconut oil, but in real life I consume a whole ton of coconut butter. Coconut butter is the oil AND the flesh (ew) of the coconut, and it’s intensely perfect. Butter is the perfect word. I’ve been hesitant to use it frequently when sharing recipes with you… my invisible internet friends, because it can be difficult to find and also costs an arm and a leg. More like an arm and two legs.


You can make your own, so I feel that warrants a delicious recipe where coconut butter is the star. Plus, it’s GRANOLA. It’s, like, super healthy so you can eat a boatload of it. Health food = win.

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This is my current favorite omg-I’m-starving snack. It’s so flavorful and chewy but crisp at the same time, if that makes sense. I’ve been grabbing it by the handful way too often, and now that I’ve said that out loud I realize I need to find another home for it. You know, other than my kitchen counter.

Oh and I really wanted to add sprinkles because I am a child.

But I resisted.

I’m growing up.

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Coconut Butter Granola

Yield: makes about 4 cups of granola

Total Time: 1.5 hours (includes cooling time)


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds (mine were Trader Joe's honey roasted!)
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured solid)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, flaxseed and salt. Stir well and set aside. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add honey, coconut butter, coconut oil, butter, vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture is totally melted and combined. Remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture, stirring with a large spoon until the entire thing is equally moistened. Spread evenly on the baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 10 minutes, toss and then bake for 10 minutes more. Toss again, then bake for about 10 more minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or so until the mixture is golden.

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for about an hour. After the hour the granola should be hardened - this is when you can break it into clumps and pieces. Eat as desired. Store in an airtight container - this stays good for a week or two!

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I like it.

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81 Responses to “Coconut Butter Granola.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 15, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Yummy! I need to get my hands on some coconut butter! I love coconut granola, one of my favorites! Great recipe and I am too doing the happy Friday dance! Have a great weekend!!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 15, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    You and I are sharing the same brain waves this week because I just made a batch of granola on the weekend and mine also contained coconut butter! I used to hate coconut and stil can’t really bring myself to eat lamingtons or macaroons, but the taste is definitely growing on me. Love your pics today! Have a great weekend!


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    Kim in MD — February 15, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Did you make your own coconut butter or did you purchase it? If you purchased it, would you please share where? My husband has become lactose intolerant, and he loves granola. I would love to make this for him…it looks delicious! Thanks, Jessica!


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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 15, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Can we talk about how obsessed I’ve been lately with Oikos coconut vanilla flavored Greek yogurt?! I’m thinking this granola would get along famously on top of a bowl full of that yumminess :)


  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 15, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    YES!!! I just bought a giant bar of coconut oil. Love this!


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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — February 15, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    I have never had coconut butter and now I truly feel like I’m missing out. I need to make this! Sounds amazing! Enjoy your Friday and I hope you have an incredible weekend my friend!


  7. #
    Holiday Baker Man — February 15, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    A perfect way to start the day


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    Maria Tadic — February 15, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Know what I like about this granola, is that there are big chunks stuck together. Every time I make granola it doesn’t get that chunky texture to it. Is that from the coconut butter or cooking technique?


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 15, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    HA! I did the same thing with my measuring spoons a few weeks ago. I, nervously, put my hand down there and got them out, only to find them mangled. Oh well!

    I’m all over this granola. Never thought to do it with coconut butter! Brilliant!


  10. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — February 15, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Oh my gosh- I haven’t had bfast yet and this looks too good to be true. Yum!


  11. #
    Aggie — February 15, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I’ve been wanting to try coconut butter!! This granola looks amazing girl – love!!!


  12. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — February 15, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    This looks great. I don’t know why I can’t find unsweetened flaked coconut where I live though, and I can’t imagine how hard it might be to find coconut butter. Do I just need to get real with an actual coconut??


    • Nancy — February 20th, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

      Hi Lindsay, I found unsweetened flaked coconut at Whole Foods. In my local store it is over by the bulk foods in clamshell packages. Hope this helps.


  13. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — February 15, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Okay, fine, FINE! I will try coconut butter! You’ve convinced me. :)


  14. #
    Ashley — February 15, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Um, are you kidding me right now?? Would you like to make a trade? Coconut butter bark for coconut butter granola? Or, how about we put that granola IN the bark? Yes. I’m thinking that is our best option. So pack up that jar and head on over….now.


  15. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 15, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I’ll have to be on the look out for coconut butter now at WF. I had only heard of coconut oil. thanks for sharingI


  16. #
    deva by definition — February 15, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Um. YUM! I am also doing the Friday dance right now. Yippeee


  17. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 15, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Umm…I listen to Thrift Shop like 5 times a day (at least). I think my apartment neighbors probably HATE me. I am now obsessed with the new Pink song, “Just Give Me A Reason” . They are pretty much on back-to-back at all times.

    I’m still so very confused about the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter (is coconut butter just the oil at a solid state?)


    • Jessica — February 16th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

      the oil is just the oil extracted from the coconut flesh. it isn’t sweet or anything – it is simply oil. the butter is the oil AND the flesh combined. it is so delicious!


  18. #
    Valerie — February 15, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    LONG LIVE COCONUT BUTTER! It’s so tasty! I’m SUPER excited about this granola…and the weekend! *Friday granola dance party* :)


  19. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry.com — February 15, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    Whenever I buy an ingredient that cost an arm, a leg and a foot, then it just forces me to use it as much as possible and try recipes I wouldn’t normally try. This granola looks like the kind of snack I need to much on instead of those M & M’s I have been shoveling by the handful.


  20. #
    katie — February 15, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    This looks amazing. Now I need to go make some coconut butter!


  21. #
    Morgan — February 15, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Yum! This granola looks extra chewy and chunky, which is really the only way to go! Coconut butter is my all time favorite topping. I love it on sweet potatoes, peanut butter toast and ice cream, so I can’t wait to try it in some granola. Thanks, Jess!


  22. #
    Larry — February 15, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    This looks totally perfect for my Friday morning. I would totally let you make this for me everyday! I, in turn, would escort you shoe-shopping in exchange for my gluttonous behavior. ♥


  23. #
    stephchows — February 15, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    That song has been stuck in my head all week! LOL. And I am addicted to home made granola and coconut… seriously need to make this! I’m always tossing flaked coconut in the mix so why not use coconut butter!


  24. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 15, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    This looks delicious!!


  25. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 15, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Love that you’re baking and cooking with coconut butter/oil. I am back on the obsessive wagon with it, after taking a few years off. But it’s like 2009 again for me and I can’t get enough of it! love this!


  26. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 15, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    you are making me do the Friday dance with this awesome granola recipe. Can’t wait to wake up tomorrow morning and whip up a batch!


  27. #
    Krysta — February 15, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    This looks amazing, def on my list of things to try!! Have a great weekend :)


  28. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — February 15, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Coconut butter is so intriguing! Sounds perfect for granola.


  29. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 15, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Whyyyy haven’t I tried coconut butter in my granola?! This is brilliant!


  30. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — February 15, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    I love coconut butter but I definitely use it as a special treat. i ask for it at pretty much any possible gift giving day.


  31. #
    Lindsey Stu — February 16, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    I haven’t even read your whole post yet, but I had to scroll down and comment that we’re nerd sisters or something bc Thrift Shop was playing in my head as I started to read this because I had just listened to it for the fourth or fifth time today. I’m 27. Beats be beats, yo. No matter the age. I mean, look at Jay-Z at this point. Isn’t he like 1000 by now?


  32. #
    Heather Rene — February 16, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    So, this looks so YUM!
    BUT, I don’t like coconut. I don’t mind the butter or oil, but the actual coconut does not agree with my tastebuds.
    Will it be okay to omit that? Or can I sub something else???


  33. #
    Moni Meals — February 16, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Oh Lord! This is a dream granola. I could eat this I think every single day for the rest of my ife. Great recipe!!


  34. #
    Katie @ Oh Shine On — February 16, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Can never go wrong with granola. Positively absolutely.


  35. #
    Alyssa — February 16, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    That looks unreal!!! Once I’m done with my Paleo Challenge, I will be making this stat!


  36. #
    Tammy Fuller — February 16, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Oh this is making me hungry. Must. Find. Coconut. Butter.


  37. #
    Elizabeth H — February 16, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    I made this today but accidentally left out the butter. It turned out just fine, just not quite as big of clumps as you have, but it’s delicious!


  38. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — February 17, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    I am such a granola freak! I make a batch almost every week and am always looking for new versions! This looks fantastic!


  39. #
    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} — February 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I’ve been on a granola kick lately so this is perfect timing for me. I also saw Ashley’s coconut bark post this week. Between the two recipe posts, I’ve got to make some coconut butter. I’ve got a big bag of shredded unsweetened coconut in the freezer waiting for me!


  40. #
    emelreem — February 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    I had just finished reading your blog when I opened The Fancy and saw this and remembered how much you love sprinkles and thought that you must see this if you haven’t already…


  41. #
    Amy — February 17, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Yummy! I made thus last night and once it was cooled, I added chocolate chips. Couldn’t help myself. It was awesome both with and without the chocolate. I couldn’t get it very clumpy tho. Any idea why? Maybe I stirred too much? The clumps are my favorite part and I’ve never been able to make my granola as clumpy as I’d like.


  42. #
    Kelsey — February 17, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    YUM! I love home made granola, but I’ve never used coconut in mine. I will be trying this!


  43. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — February 18, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    …glad I’m not the only one who cringes at the mention of eating flesh. I know I eat it all the time in fruits, veggies and meats – but it just sounds gross. Oh, and granola is part of my daily menu. Usually always pumpkin flax, but soon to include coconut butter!


  44. #
    keisha — February 18, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    I can’t wait to try this granola…and p.s im totally and completely obsessed with Thrift Shop too….i love that song.


  45. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 18, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    delish– I’m doing the Monday dance after seeing this granola!


  46. #
    raquel — February 19, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    i’m sure it is more processed or something, but did you know that Olivio now makes coconut butter?


  47. #
    Janice — February 20, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    I will attempt this recipe this week-end. It sounds so yummy.

    I’m looking at a tub of Olivio Coconut Spread I have in the fridge, and I don’t think it’s the same as coconut butter. Guess I have to search for coconut butter in my area or travel to WF. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks


  48. #
    Miranda @ The Pinterest Project — February 22, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    I just made this recipe yesterday – had some coconut butter in my pantry that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. I threw in a small handful of dark chocolate chips and then some chopped dried cherries. DELICIOUS. It smelled so good baking – everyone in the family kept asking me what I was making. Thanks for a great recipe!


  49. #
    Jacquelyn {The 20 Something Society} — February 24, 2013 @ 12:36 am



  50. #
    Alicia — February 26, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Where can I get vanilla paste? Can I substitute something else?



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