Almond Joy Granola (gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain, vegan option)

Things have been slow around here for the past month! We returned from three weeks in the US on Saturday and I’ve slept most of the time since then. I caught a nasty cold and infection at the beginning of the trip and I’m still sick. That coupled with sleeping a few fewer hours every night than normal during the trip + some terrible jet lag has me all kinds of messed up. Up until this morning, I couldn’t even pull it together to watch a movie sitting at my desk.

Luckily, I wrote this gluten-free Almond Joy granola post for Food Fanatic before we even left so at least I have something to share with you while I try to get some energy back! Before it’s back to bed for me, I’d like to wish everyone a happy start (1 week late) to 2016. :)

I’m not actually a fan of Almond Joy candy bars, but I do love the coconut, chocolate and almond combination. I thought about making a cake with those flavors but after the holidays, I’m just not in the mood for baking anything too complicated. And so this Almond Joy granola was born!

Almond Joy Granola {gluten-free, dairy-free, 100% whole grain with a vegan option}

In addition to chopped almonds, this granola has a generous amount of almond extract, which I just can’t get enough of these days. I’m putting it into everything that has berries, chocolate or maple, like these almond butter maple cookies.

While the granola was baking, my husband asked me if I was making marzipan granola. The almond flavor definitely isn’t subtle here! But that’s fine because I don’t like subtle. If you’re not big on almond extract, you can sub coconut extract or add in more vanilla extract.

I started adding shredded coconut to the granola when I remembered that I had some roasted coconut chips that I bought at Trader Joe’s 2 1/2 years ago. I’d been saving them for something special and finally found the perfect use for them in this granola! Never mind that they expired in 2014.

Almond Joy Granola {gluten-free, dairy-free, 100% whole grain with a vegan option}

This granola is unlike any other granola you’ve ever had. It’s probably a bit of a lie to even call it granola. It’s more like candy with oats in it that just happens to be prepared the same way granola is. I don’t eat it over yogurt or with milk – I just snack on it. Can you see the size of those clusters?!

The almond extract makes it completely irresistible, at least to me. I made the granola three days before taking the pictures and you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to reserve at least a cup for the photo shoot. My husband had to hide it from me after it was clear I was not to be trusted with the granola. Seriously. Make this!

For a vegan option – use brown rice syrup in place of the honey.

Almond Joy Granola {gluten-free, dairy-free, 100% whole grain and with a vegan option}
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20 comments on “Almond Joy Granola (gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain, vegan option)” — Add one!

  • Sammie
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    January 13, 2016 @ 9:10 pm

    I love almond flavour, so definitely wouldn’t ease up on the almond extract. I’ve been looking to try my hand at granola and as long as I can get the coconut chips, this looks delicious. Happy New Year and I really hope you feel much better very quickly honey. Sammie xx

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    • Erin replies to Sammie
      January 15, 2016 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks so much! I hope that you’ve been feeling well. And I hope you’ll enjoy the granola as much as we do!

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  • Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen says
    January 12, 2016 @ 11:55 pm

    I do love Almond Joy Candy bars! This Granola looks amazing

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  • Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
    January 12, 2016 @ 9:56 pm

    All I needed to see was chocolate to be sold.

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  • Andi @ The Weary Chef says
    January 12, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    This granola is screaming my name! Perfect for my almond craving! Love your photos, too! :D

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  • Heather | Heather Likes Food
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    January 12, 2016 @ 8:05 am

    This looks like a guilt free option for sure! But I may inhale it anyhow…

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  • Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie says
    January 12, 2016 @ 1:35 am

    Looks so good. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Kristyn says
    January 11, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

    This sounds so delicious! :)

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  • Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry says
    January 11, 2016 @ 7:06 pm

    You had me at “this granola is probably more like candy with oats in it”. Yes, please!

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    January 7, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

    Yey for the name of this granola :D And I’m sorry for the cold. I had like 10 this past year. Crazy year. Hope to see you two soon, bigger hope to see you with a jar of this granola for me.

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    • Erin replies to Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
      January 11, 2016 @ 9:50 am

      Haha. I won’t be making this anytime soon because I’ll just devour it immediately. It’s a really terrible thing to make in that regard. ;) And that stinks about your colds! I hope you get better soon. We’ve been sick almost the entire time since mid-November and I’m so ready to be healthy!

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
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    January 7, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Oh, girl! I hope you are feeling better soon. We all need adequate rest and when we don’t get it everything goes wonky. Once again, I agree with you. Subtle just doesn’t cut it when it comes to all things almond! Love, love this idea for granola! Wishing you and yours a fabulous 2016! xo

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    • Erin replies to Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
      January 15, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks so much! And happy 2016 to you, too. :) And I’ve learned my lesson… no travelling in the winter! Ugh. I’m still sick!

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