Coconut Blueberry Pecan Granola

by Krista on March 14, 2014 · 27 comments

Coconut Blueberry Pecan Granola {Healthy Breakfast}

This Coconut Blueberry Pecan Granola is homemade, low on sugar, easy to make, and a great healthy breakfast option.

Ok, so today’s theme is “Choose Joy“!

There are seriously so many things that I could focus on that would just bring me down. The fact that for whatever reason, all the people around me seem to be getting pregnant and having babies and we still cannot. That we haven’t found deep community or friends to share our lives. That sometimes I spend hours during the week taking photos, editing photos, writing posts, and trying to “get my stuff out there” to the virtual world but my pageviews don’t show it. That I will be turning 30 in a couple of months and my body seems to be changing in a not so good way at the thought of getting there.

So many things to worry or agonize over. But I am CHOOSING JOY! I choose joy not because its easy but because it is better for me than the alternative. I choose joy because I have a reason to be joyful. I choose joy because my circumstances do not dictate my life, God dictates my life and he is joy, peace, and love. So I choose Joy!

I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who is selfless, loves me unconditionally, helps around the house and loves to spend time with our son. {even if its putting him on his shoulders while mowing the lawn!}

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I have an adorable son who is filled with so much joy it just spills over. His smile lights up a room. He is a constant learner and explorer. He loves well, wants to include everyone in whatever he is doing, and has such a compassionate heart for people.

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I am thankful for sunrises, warm weather, a not so perfect but loving family, worship music, vacations, a good bottle of wine,  yummy food, and you. Why? Because YOU give me a reason to share all my recipes every week. I mean I would probably still write anyways just because its fun and I enjoy it. But you actually look at and make my recipes, which brings me .. yup… JOY! :)

Today I am sharing an absolutely delicious Coconut Blueberry Pecan Granola recipe. After you eat this, you will never buy store bought granola again. I actually just happened upon this recipe. I was making my Almond Vanilla Granola and then decided to change up the recipe a bit, which turned into this beauty. I am officially addicted to the stuff and need to go out and buy more dried blueberries so I can make more.

Not only is it a great breakfast option with milk or yogurt but it is perfect just munch on during the day for a quick pick-me-up snack.

To get started, preheat over to 325º.  In a large bowl, toss 2 cups old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.

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In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients, 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup, and 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.

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Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and toss to coat everything.

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On a baking sheet, place either a silicon baking mat or wax paper and then spread granola mixture out across entire pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is slightly browned. You will want to turn the granola every 10 minutes so it doesn’t burn. :)

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Remove from oven and let cool, toss in 1/2 cup of dried blueberries. 

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Coconut Blueberry Pecan Granola
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Granola
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • ½ cups of chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of dried blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 325º.
  2. In a large bowl, toss old fashioned oats, chopped pecans, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, unsweetened coconut flakes, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients, melted coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and toss to coat everything.
  5. On a baking sheet, place either a silicon baking mat or wax paper and then spread granola mixture out across entire pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is slightly browned. You will want to turn the granola every 10 minutes so it doesn’t burn. :)
  6. Remove from oven and let cool, toss in ½ cup of dried blueberries.

What brings you joy? I would love to know!

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Deborah Fischer March 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Hi Krista,

My name is Debbie Fischer and I am one of your “followers.” I just finished reading your post for today (I am definitely going to try the granola) and I find myself remembering the pain and struggle you describe. I was thirty at the time (I am now 63), we had just moved to a new town (thus a new church), and we had already been trying for a year to get pregnant. I found myself surrounded by young women who were either pregnant or had at least 2 children and my “aloneness” seemed to be magnified everywhere I looked. But, I had a wonderful, loving husband and I knew I had a God who cared for me. He had a purpose for my struggles and my pain. I clung to that, even in my daily disappointments. Thus, I started my journey learning the importance of choosing praise and thanksgiving. That beginning laid the foundation of praise and honesty before God that has taken me through many valleys and up to many mountain tops.

I LOVE the fact that you are “choosing” joy, “choosing” to be thankful. I know that God loves it, as well. It is a practice that will lift your head when you are struggling and cause you to “shout” His praises when your cup is full. I KNOW this because He has promised.

Keep praising, thanking and enjoying, to the full, the richness of life He has given you SO FAR. Also, keep writing and sharing because that blesses others. Your posts will be used to inspire and even lift someone’s head who is struggling. We are always encouraged by someone else who understands our pain.

I hope I haven’t overstepped any bounds. My heart went out to you and I just had to say something.

Thank you.

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Deborah, you seriously are just a light! You have definitely been given the gift of encouragement. I wrote this post just sharing my heart and wanting to encourage others and it backfired on me and you blessed me instead! :)

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and sharing your heartfelt life experiences, you have totally not overstepped your bounds by any means. It means the world to me, and so excited to meet one of my “followers”.

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Chris @ Shared Appetite March 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

This is something my pastor has focused a lot on lately… choosing joy. People sometimes think joy is going to come and find you. It’s quite the opposite. You need to choose joy for your life!

And we must both be totally awesome because I have a granola recipe in my post queue as we speak!

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Exactly, joy does not happen to you you have to choose it. Just like anything else in life. :)

Guess we are on the same page Chris, great minds think alike!

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Gloria // Simply Gloria March 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Joy is such a great word… and action. And, it truly is a choice to have joy. I love how you focus on looking and feeling all the joy around you, daily. I think a lot of us needs to be reminded. There is so much joy and happiness which surrounds us every single day. We just have to SEE it… and feel it.
Your little man is just so precious. He even makes me smile every time I see his cute little smile!
Loving this beautiful recipe of yours.
You’ve lifted up my heart today and made me smile even bigger! Big hugs to you!

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You totally just made my day girl, thank you so much! Glad thank you found it to be encouraging, its always good to be reminded of all the joy in our lives. Especially as all that stressful stuff starts to pile up.

That little mans smile melts my heart everytime I see it too! :)

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Mike@TheIronYou March 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Thanks for this post Krista, I so needed it today. I usually look on the bright side of life but during the last week or so I’ve been so down (with the flu and work and cold) so this a very important remainder to value the positive things we have and not take them for granted.
Go TEAM JOY! :)

PS Loving the granola!

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Awesome Mike! So glad you found it to be encouraging! Hope you start to feel better and things at work start to pick up.

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Auntiepatch March 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

What a darling baby! Daddy’s not bad either……..

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

haha, Thanks! :)

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Lyuba@willcookforsmiles March 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What a great granola recipe!
I’m glad you are looking at the positives in life! I hope that you don’t stress yourself too much. Try to put your mind at ease and let nature take it’s course :) 30 is nothing girly!! Again, I love your positive attitude!

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Krista March 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Thanks Lyuba! Definitely trying not to stress myself out, Gods just on a different plan than me! :)

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Mary Frances March 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I love that you pointed out joy is a choice! And that it isn’t reliant on our circumstances. Thank you for that reminder – it is so encouraging! And thank you for this granola recipe; I find nothing more addictive than granola and nothing more delicious than coconut and blueberries! What a perfect recipe!

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Krista March 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Your welcome Mary Frances, I need to be reminder of it all the time so I know others do to. Glad you found it to be encouraging AND that you loved the recipe. :)

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Kelly March 16, 2014 at 3:58 AM

I love that you are choosing joy and to focus on the positive and things to be thankful for. Your lil man is absolutely adorable, his smile can definitely brighten up any room and it sounds like your husband is such an awesome father who adores you all :) I went through the same thing and it took longer for us to get pregnant with both our kids while our friends were having babies so quickly – I decided to stop over-thinking everything and focus on the positive as well as improve my diet which really helped. This is such an encouraging post and you are amazing for sharing this with us Krista:) Love your positive attitude and you will love your 30′s – totally the new 20′s :)
This granola sounds awesome and can’t wait to try it! Pinned!

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Krista March 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Thanks so much Kelly, you are too sweet.

It has been amazing to hear how many women have the same struggle with getting pregnant, totally didn’t know you went through that as well. I was stressing about it a couple months ago but then just decided to give it to God and it has been so freeing! So glad you found this post to be encouraging, means a ton and yes 30′s is totally the new 20′s. :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

What a beautiful post, Krista! It is great to have a little reminder to enjoy all the joy in our lives. Sometimes we forget to actually stop and recognize all the good in life, and choose joy as you have mentioned. Thanks for this post. And the granola is beautiful as well. I’m sharing on FB today :)

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Krista March 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Thanks Ashley! A friend of mine actually has a tradition that at dinner or the end of the day her and her husband each write out something that they are thankful for or brings them joy. They put it in a bucket and when they have one of those not so good days they bring out the bucket and read it. SOOO awesome! :) Glad you enjoyed the granola recipe as well, totally becoming one of my favorites!

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Amie March 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I just found your site looking for healthy recipes.
I really needed to read this today.
My husband and I have faced many serious struggles in our 27 years of marriage including his diagnosis of a serious mental illness just after our wedding. I often feel alone and unloved. People have forsaken us because of how he presents himself to others, he sometimes says and does odd things.
But I have much to be thankful for. He takes his meds, he is able to identify that without them, he will start to hear voices and become delusional. We have 2 strong, wonderful sons who show no symptoms of their father’s devastating illness and have grown into insightful, compassionate men.
And, I have learned that yes, joy is a choice and so is love. What’s the opposite of love? Not hate. It’s apathy. Lack of feeling, lack of emotion, in other words not caring. We must continue to choose to love. Active, a verb.
Love your family. Your post today is wonderful and a blessing to many, I am sure. It was to me.
And the granola looks fabulous !

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Krista March 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Amie, I am so glad you came looking for a recipe and that I was able to encourage your heart.

As I was reading it my heart was just breaking, I can’t even imagine facing some of those struggles. But then I was thinking about the verse, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” You have been so faithful and patient during the seasons that God has placed you in and have been able to find joy in the struggles. What an amazing woman you are!! You touched my heart with your story and completely left me encouraged. Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of you.

Joy, Hope, Love, Happiness… those all ARE choices. Nothing in this world just comes to us we have to make a choice to either accept it or not. You are so right! Thank you Amie!

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Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy March 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM

My friend. I want to hug you right now! You are amazing and I am happy to know you! I love seeing pictures of your sweet little boy! You are right, his smile is the sweetest! I’m so happy to be meeting you in person soon. I can’t wait to hear all about you and your life. God doesn’t give us anything that we can’t handle! Thank you for always posting such amazing recipes. You are truly amazing!!!!! XO!!

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Krista March 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Oh… thanks so much girl! I seriously can’t wait till May either. It will be amazing to finally meet you in person and do more than just blog or facebook talk, but REAL LIFE stuff. :) You are so right, God definitely doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle in during those hard times he is molding us into the people he wants us to be. Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comments Jen, XOXO!

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Joanna March 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

YUM!! I will definitely be making this!!

Can I just share with you this… I love that you are choosing joy. Lots of people think that happiness must come from something outside of them. Someone else, a prescription, alcohol, drugs or some other outside stimuli. True joy must come from within and above (God). Nowhere else. And even in the midst of sorrow, pain, devastation, we CAN have joy.

My husband and I just celebrated 20 years of marriage this last October. By the worlds standards, we shouldn’t even be together anymore. We have been through EVERYTHING a married couple can go through and we are still together. We lost our 10 year old son in a car accident in 2004, there has been infidelity, our daughter has gone through some really tough things, my husband had an addiction problem that started long before he knew me that almost ripped our family apart…but through God’s grace and love and faithfulness, here we are, 20 years later still together. Still fighting for what God put together and what God will keep together if we allow Him to work in us.

When I was at my lowest, thinking my marriage was over, I was broken and not even God could put the pieces back together again, I started reading Psalms and Proverbs every day. There is a program where you read so much of each book each day… but I read that every day faithfully for months and I CHOSE to allow God to bring back my joy. And it took a while (months), but He did it. I actually did leave my home for 3 weeks. I just needed some time to think, to heal and to decide what I was going to do and in that time God showed me that He was still in control and that He had a plan. That he wasn’t finished yet and that I could be whole again but that I needed to stay in my marriage if that was going to happen.

So here I am in my marriage, stronger and better for having gone through everything I have. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve grown a lot. So has my husband. He has broken his addiction and made things right with God and me and all those he has hurt through his addiction. I am a blessed woman.

All that to say this… Yes, you can choose Joy! I know this because I did! And I am so glad I did!! Following your blog, looking forward to getting to know you and to more yummy recipes!! :) Blessings…

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Krista March 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Wow Joanna, seriously just sitting here humbled by your story. God definitely left his fingerprint not only in your life but on your marriage. I cannot even imagine going through one of those things more less all of them! Satan is definitely after our families and if we let him he will take them, but if we stand firm on the word of God there is nothing he can do because he is already defeated. :) Our God is a God of hope, redemption, love, forgiveness, and compassion.

I love how you CHOSE joy and to believe in Gods faithfulness. That is my favorite part about God, that he is faithful till the end and will never leave or forsake us. Thanks so much for the encouraging note and for sharing your redeemed story. LOVE IT!!! So excited to have you as a follower Joanna!

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Lynn@Southern Direction March 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

This looks really good and simple. I love granola and have been thinking of trying my hand at making it myself. Thanks for sharing your recipe. The family pics are great. Have a wonderful Spring Day!

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Krista March 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Oh… you so need to make it yourself. Once you have homemade and realize how easy and tasty it is. You won’t go back! :) Thanks so much for the sweet comment on the family. :)

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