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Coconut Cherry Granola + CFL Food Blogger Bake Sale Wrap-Up

 Coconut Cherry Granola from #BrunchWeek

Wow, day 4 of brunch week. I hope you have been following along with all the amazing brunch week recipes! Today, I’m sharing a granola recipe. Not just any granola… This is my coconut cherry granola that made its debut at the Central Florida Food Blogger Bake Sale this past weekend.

Coconut Cherry Granola from #BrunchWeek

Granola is a great make-ahead food. I love to make granola every other week. I typically mix it in with my morning greek yogurt and fruit. If you were entertaining for brunch I would suggest making one or two varieties of granola and creating a granola bar. Chopped fresh fruit, plain or vanilla greek yogurt, granola…. you get the idea. Let your guest build yogurt parfaits! You also won’t have to stress over who likes to eat what… when you give your guest the option it takes the stress off the hostess-with-the-mostess… yah I totally just said that.

Like I mentioned above, I sold this coconut cherry granola at our annual food blogger bake sale. I happened to be the only granola recipes contributed this year. You know–I try to balance out all the unhealthy and fattening baked goods with a little healthy. A nice breakfast treat. While we are on the topic let’s talk about the Central Florida Food Blogger Bake Sale for a minute. This was my second year co-organizing the bake-sale with my good friend Julie from The Little Kitchen (and third year particiapting). I’m always amazed by the generosity of our fellow food blogging community.

CFL Food Blogger Bake Sale 2013

This year we were at The Winter Garden Harvest Festival. With that being said all participants needed to attend the entire day. No one complained… even though it was raining, we all just enjoyed the presence of one another. We talked about food, and baking, blogging, and our personal lives. Despite our rainy weather we all had a great time. I’m sad to say we didn’t raise half the amount of money that we did last year (I know a big part was weather and the other part was that so many of us had pre-sales and other fundraisers outside of our one-day bake sale). However, even though we didn’t raise as much as we wanted I know that all of the money is going to a great cause. We all are fighting to end childhood hunger in America. 1 out of 5 kids in America struggle with childhood hunger! That’s over 16 million children! According to the No Kid Hungry site we helped feed 14 children for an entire year!

I must also give a big special shout-out to the amazing sponsors who donated to our raffle. Without them we wouldn’t have raised half the amount that we did!

Katie Original Recipe

Coconut Cherry Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 7-1/2 cups

Coconut Cherry Granola


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut flakes
  • 10 oz dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In a sauce pan on low heat, melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Once the coconut oil is melted (do not let it boil) add the coconut extract. Mix well and set to the side.
  3. In a large bowl add quick cooking oats, brown sugar, and sliced almonds. Mix well, then pour the coconut oil on top. Mix some more until well incorporated. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven, carefully mix and add 1-1/2 cups coconut flakes. Mix well and then place the pan back in the oven for 30 additional minutes. Remove from the oven, mix, and bake 20 minutes longer. Pour the baked granola back into the large bowl and add dried cherries. Mix and let the granola cool. Package in sealed containers and store for up to one week.

Remember, the brunch recipes don’t stop here. Please go check out the other amazing brunch week recipes:

Brunch Recipes with Eggs

Asparagus and Leek Frittata by Rachel Cooks
Baked Ham and Egg Cups by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Deviled Egg Spread with Home Rolled Crackers by Vanilla Lemonade
Veggie Quiche Cups by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Asparagus and Eggs in Mornay Sauce by Noshing With The Nolands

Brunch Recipes with Potatoes

Traditional Home Fries by Sarcastic Cooking

Meat, Poultry and Fish Brunch Recipes

Chicken Pockets by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Turkey Dill Crepes by Kokocooks

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type

Brioche by poet in the pantry by poet in the pantry
Gold Goddess Steel Cut Oats by The Vintage Cook
Quick and Easy Early Morning Parfaits by Cravings of a Lunatic
Caramelized Onion & Bacon Croque Monsieur by The Kitchen Prep

Fruit and Vegetable Brunch Recipes

Warm Salad Three Ways by Cook the Story

Spreads for Brunch

Black & Blue Thyme Jam by Cooking In Stilettos

Brunch Dessert Recipes

Crumb-Top Blueberry Muffins by Love and Confections
Banana Walnut Scone (Gluten Free/Dairy Free) by Around My Family Table
Croissant & Chocolate Bread Pudding by White Lights on Wednesday
Honey Poached Pear “Sundae” by Amanda’s Apron
Strawberries and Cream Muffins by The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook


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47 Responses to “Coconut Cherry Granola + CFL Food Blogger Bake Sale Wrap-Up”

  1. Shaina posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:18 am (#)

    Mmm I love these flavors..coconut and cherry, perfect for the summer. And the bake sale sounds so great. I wish I lived closer to you guys and could have been there to participate! Maybe next year ill make a trip 🙂

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Shaina! I believe Miami does a bake sale each year, too!

  2. ashley - baker by nature posted on May 8, 2013 at 8:30 am (#)

    I am in a total granola “phase” right now – It’s all I want for every meal! Cherry coconut sounds like a killer combination! Yum.

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Oh man… look out you might consume the entire batch in one sitting then! It’s highly addictive!

  3. Suzanne posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:12 am (#)

    Joey just ahad a bowl of this last night and loved it! Glad you posted the recipe so that I could write a review.

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Awe I’m glad he enjoyed it! Seriously, you guys need to start making your own granola!!!

  4. Jane's Adventures in Dinner posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:15 am (#)

    So much fun! Gorgeous recipe.

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Jane!

  5. danielle posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 am (#)

    I love making homemade granola! And congrats on a successful bake sale – looks like a lot of fun.

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Danielle!

  6. carrian posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:26 am (#)

    I am always in search of a new and delicious granola. love htis!

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Carrian!

  7. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 am (#)

    This looks great! My go-to homemade granola is so similar– it also has coconut, dried cherries, and almonds. I don’t think I even knew that “coconut extract” existed though… will have to look for that!

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Very cool, Allison! You’ll have to add the coconut extract in… It just intensifies the flavor!

  8. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    I like that this isn’t an oat-based granola, very cool!

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Ashley!

  9. Tara posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm (#)

    I have got to make this, I love granola!!!

    • Katie replied on May 8th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      If you like coconut and cherries you’ll love this granola, Tara!

  10. Kim Beaulieu posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm (#)

    Yes, yes, and more yes. I adore granola. And coconut and cherry is my fave. Love the photos from the bake sale. The one of you and Julie is fabulous.

    • Katie replied on May 10th, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Kim! I’m pretty addicted to granola. I must admit.

  11. Julius @ Droolius posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#)

    Thanks so much!! I’m so glad I came out and supported the raffle this year 🙂 I still need to try the granola recipe, your blueberry granola last year rocked!

    • Katie replied on May 10th, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Well we are happy you came out to join us and congrats again on winning! You must make your own granola at home! You’ll never turn back!

  12. Nutmeg Nanny posted on May 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm (#)

    Great recipe! Coconut and cherry sounds delicious together 🙂

  13. Heidi @foodiecrush posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:22 am (#)

    COngrats on such a successful event! That’s quite the list of supporters, excited to discover some new to me blogs through it. Great seeing you again this past weekend, have a fab weekend.

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Heidi! Yes, Julie and I work are buns off to get amazing sponsors and of course food bloggers to help us raise money each year! Agree–it was so nice seeing you again. I wish we would have had more time to chat! Oh well, just means we need to go to another conference! lol.

  14. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:25 am (#)

    Coconut granola is my very favorite kind, I’m sure this was a hit at the bake sale!!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Brenda! Granola in general always does well at bake sales each year!

  15. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on June 28, 2013 at 10:25 am (#)

    What a wonderful event! Sorry you didn’t make as much as last year, but YAY for still making a difference! I’m sure everyone loved this granola!


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