Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola

Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola #vegan #glutenfree

You know those people who rarely speak, and when they do everyone listens? Those quiet people who only speak out when they have something really important to say, and so you know you want to take note, soak it up, and really hear their words?

Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola #vegan #glutenfree

Yeah, that’s not me. I’m more on the end of talks-too-much-so-most-of-it-must-be-pretty-inconsequential. In fact, the other day, Stacey told me she knew a recipe was mine by the long, overly descriptive title. It’s the truth. And not just in recipe writing. I am a human with a lot to say, and no matter how hard I try to be one of those people that only speaks when I need to like a character on stage, I just keep talking until someone finally stops me and puts the rest of the room out of their misery. πŸ˜‰

Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola #vegan #glutenfree

Here’s what you actually need to know about this granola:

  • Crunchy
  • Sweet
  • Vanilla bean flavor
  • Rich pistachios
  • Nutty coconut
  • Big snack-worthy clusters
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Ridiculously good

Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola #vegan #glutenfree

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Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: approx 12 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Vanilla Bean Coconut Pistachio Granola


  • 5 cups rolled oats (use gluten-free if applicable)
  • 3 cups shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cups almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened reduced fat coconut
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • heavy pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp coconut extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 300. Line two large baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a very large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce, maple syrup, honey/agave, coconut butter, vanilla bean seeds, and coconut extract until well combined, whisking constantly.
  4. Add the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients and toss to combine. Divide mixture evenly between your 2 prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake until browned and crispy, about 1 hour. Lightly toss granola every 10-20 minutes while cooking. DO NOT skip the tossing--the pistachios can burn easily if you skip this step.
  6. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The granola will stay fresh for at least one month. I’ve never made a batch last any longer than that, but it’s still great a month in!


  1. says

    I sometimes need a reminder of the acronym K.I.S.S. – keep it simple stupid. But there are some things that are just so good that you can’t use only one word to describe. I believe your recipes are one of those things. Looks delicious as usual!

  2. says

    Yup, we are totally the same person! The only problem with talking so much is that when you do have something insightful to say, people don’t listen nearly as often! πŸ˜‰ I love this granola and I am already out of granola clumps on my last recipe so it’s time to make a new flavour!

  3. says

    Just found you via Tastespotting and I am so glad I did. I love your site. And lol about you not being the quiet type. I uess you’d have to say that about me too;) This recipe looks great. I am putting together a healthy snack round up. Would you be willing to let me link to your recipe? Let me know if you are. Thanks:)

  4. says

    Haha, that’s funny. I type waaay more than I actually speak, I’m pretty quiet in person, but that doesn’t mean people really listen when I do speak, lol.
    Love the flavors in this granola. But then again, any kind of granola and I’m sold πŸ˜€


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