Mocha Coconut Granola |

Simple Sundays | Mocha Coconut Granola

Wednesday morning started like this: 5:50 am: alarm 6:10 am: let the dog out, start the coffee 6:20 am: shower and dress for the gym 6:30 am: wake the sleepyheads 6:35 am: sip hot coffee 6:45 am: coax the kids to get ready 7:00 am:…

Mocha Coconut Granola |
Simple Sundays | Mocha Coconut Granola

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Wednesday morning started like this:

5:50 am: alarm
6:10 am: let the dog out, start the coffee
6:20 am: shower and dress for the gym
6:30 am: wake the sleepyheads
6:35 am: sip hot coffee
6:45 am: coax the kids to get ready
7:00 am: get breakfast on the table, pack lunches into backpacks, sign last minute notes for teacher, take a sip of coffee, warm apple cider because daughter decides she wants to try hot cider for the first time at breakfast this morning, take a bite of yogurt, pour my granola, REALIZE I POURED GRANOLA INTO MY COFFEE.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

The offending granola was fished out with a spoon, but instead of tossing it into the sink, I paused. I lifted the spoon to my mouth.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

And you know what?

Granola was not meant to be eaten in coffee.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

But you know what else?

Coffee was meant to be eaten in granola.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

After my sleep induced mistake, a lightbulb went on in my head. Coffee + Chocolate = Mocha. Mocha!

Mocha granola sounded quite delicious, actually.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Saturday morning started like this:

5:50 am: little people crawl into my bed for a cuddle, son on my left, daughter on my right
5:55 am: after some squirming for covers, I wonder aloud why they always wake up so early on weekends (and can barely wake up on time on weekdays)
6:10 am: hubby walks in with steaming coffee, just the way I love
6:40 am: pull on my fluffy robe and get the burners fired for some pancakes
7:00 am: flip pancakes
7:30 am: pull the oats out of the cupboard and mix in cocoa, espresso powder, maple syrup, and brown sugar

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Mocha Coconut Granola is more than an accident, it is something that must be made, something that you should plan to do. It’s cocoa puffs for grown ups, it’s just chocolatey enough (so the little ones find it irresistible, too), with chunks of toasted coconut, slivered almonds, and cacao nibs (mini chocolate chips if you’re feeling especially indulgent). And it’s delicious with vanilla yogurt, drizzles of kefir, or drowned in skim milk.

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Mocha Coconut Granola |

Mocha Granola may be new to me, but not surprisingly, there is more out there in the granola world. Here is more mocha inspiration to start your morning:

Mocha Granola, Pastry Affair
Almond Mocha Granola, Rachel Cooks
Mocha Granola, How Sweet It Is
Mocha Java Latte Granola, Sally’s Baking Addiction

Mocha Coconut Granola

Makes about 6 cups | Prep: Makes about 6 cups | Cook: 5 minutes

I can't live without my granola. Breakfast and mid day snacks just aren't the same without their crunch. This version smells heavenly as it bakes in the oven, and tastes so good, you may just want it for dessert (I did!).


coconut oil cooking spray
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lightly misting with coconut oil cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, cocoa powder, espresso powder and brown sugar. Pour the syrup and vanilla over the oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking tray and place it in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Before the final 5 minutes, add the coconut to toast. When the granola is toasted, remove from oven and place in a large bowl to cool. Stir in the cacao nibs/chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

Delicious served with milk, yogurt, or kefir.

Adapted from my Trail Mix Granola and Almond Mocha Granola by Rachel Cooks.


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  1. suzi

    I just made your granola and had to pop on to say THANK YOU!! What delicious mistakes you make!! :)

  2. Baby June

    Now this sounds tasty! I love how homemade granola is just so deliciously flexible–complete freedom to make whatever flavor you’d like. Coconut and chocolate are totally my cups of tea, so I think I’ll be making this sometime soon…

  3. Alanna

    YES! This looks so good! I never would have thought to put coffee in granola. I love when accidents lead to great kitchen discoveries. Thanks for the beautiful recipe, Liren!

  4. marcie

    This granola looks phenomenal, Liren! I love waking up to coffee in the morning, and this way it would be in my granola, too. Perfect!

  5. Madame Thermomix

    I laughed out loud when you realized your coffee-granola mistake… Once in an airplane after a late night out my Dad put Alka Seltzer into his coffee (not a good remedy for a hangover), and I have gone out in the snow in my slippers instead of my Wellington boots ;-)

    You’re right, coffee and chocolate were made for granola and, just as a sprinkle of espresso powder adds extra zing to homemade hot chocolate, your coffee and cacao nib mixture – can’t forget the amazing coconut, either – is a sure winner. On my list of recipes to try. Thanks for sharing this oh-so-happy circumstance!

    BTW, where do you get your flaked coconut? I’ve only seen “dessicated” and shredded coconut in England and France. The flakes certainly would add a new dimension of deliciousness.

    • Liren Baker

      Oh no! Alka Seltzer coffee and cold, wet slippers are no fun! But how I wish I had some snow like you :)

      It’s true, desiccated and shredded coconut is easier to come by; I buy my coconut flakes from my local market in the baking aisle. I hope you find some, too! Otherwise, I know they sell it online.

  6. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    As I sit here with my coffee and maple oatmeal granola you know I’m tempted to do a test, right?

    I’ve never, EVER loved granola, never even bought it, until I started to make my own. It’s life changing and this recipe is definitely morning changing. Yum.

    • Liren Baker

      Ha ha! Did you, Barb? I don’t recommend it. But I do recommend this granola. Isn’t homemade granola the best? Definitely morning (and all day) changing!

  7. Natasha

    I love the idea of coffee in granola (but not granola in coffee, as you put so well!). Although I wonder if you could use brewed coffee concentrate instead of espresso powder and maybe slightly decrease some of the liquid? I’ll have to give a try. This looks wonderful!

    • Liren Baker

      Hm, brewed coffee concentrate could very well work and is worth a try! There really isn’t much liquid in here since I used a powder; the moisture is mostly from the maple syrup. Let me know how it works for you, I think it is a great idea, Natasha :)

  8. Stephanie

    This sounds so amazing! I love when stuff like this happens and you find the most unlikely of things together is actually quite great. I’m with you too– I can’t live without my granola. I absolutely love it! It’s the crunch, the sweetness, and the fact that you can eat it with yogurt and/or milk is what makes it so appealing to me. And you can have it for breakfast, snack, or dessert (pre-bed snack for me on many occasions!).

    • Liren Baker

      Yay for happy accidents, and yay for granola! We go through so much of it here, too, and we eat it for dessert quite often, too :)

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