Citrus Granola

Homemade granola is a fun recipe with so many different variations, the possibilities are endless.  Since it is citrus season, adding a bit of orange zest will brighten up any granola recipe.  Using orange liqueur will enhance the orange flavor, and give the recipe another dimension of citrus flavor.  This citrus granola recipe has minimal sugar, and will provide loads of energy from every ingredient.

Citrus Granola

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Flourless Six Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and my new diet changes.  Well another curveball was thrown my way this last week.  I will not only be on the Diabetic diet, I will be on the DASH diet also.  Here is a link to share about the DASH diet.  This young body is not very happy these days, so I am on the DASH diet to help lower my blood pressure.  So there will be a lot of whole foods used in recipes, and I will have to avoid sodium as much as I can.  So my food adventures continue!

Citurs Granola

This recipe does include a small amount of honey to help bind the ingredients together.  You could use agave nectar instead of honey.  This recipe is easy to make, and easy to change up to include your favorite nuts, or dried fruit.

Citrus Granola

The granola is perfect topped on yogurt, or enjoyed with delicious unsweetened almond milk!

Citrus Granola

Citrus Granola

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup wheat bran
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries
Zest of large orange
1 Tbsp orange liqueur (optional)(could use orange juice instead)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover large sheet pan with parchment paper.

On sheet pan, add unsweetened coconut, wheat bran, oats, and pecans. Toast in oven about 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Turn ingredients once after 5 minutes to evenly toast all sides.

In large bowl, add toasted coconut, wheat bran, oats, pecans, with chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, palm sugar, dried cherries, orange zest, orange liqueur, and honey. Mix ingredients together well, then spread out ingredients on sheet pan with same parchment paper. Bake granola for 10 minutes, turn ingredients once with spatula to evenly bake all sides. Let cool and place in an air tight container.



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  • Kate | Food Babbles
    Wow! This sounds fantastic. I love granola and I can't say I've ever thought to add citrus notes. Love this! It looks like it's filled with so many tasty things.
  • Angie
    This is fantastic, Terra. The only granola I eat is HOMEMADE and this looks divine!
  • David @ Spicedblog
    This looks delicious, Terra! I almost always keep granola around for my morning yogurt, and this citrus version looks awesome. Definitely need to try it soon! Pinning it for later. :-)
  • Eileen
    I love making homemade granola Terra. This looks super delicious. It's so tough to modify our diets. I really need to get work on that aspect myself. I will be eager to see your comments and learn how the changes are working for you. Have a great week!
  • I don't think I've had citrus granola before. But I love citrus flavor in savory and sweets including all kinds of cakes! What a fun recipe to give it a try! This is my 2nd homemade glanola post and it seems I meant to make it at home!
  • Hotly Spiced
    That's a lovely looking granola with a wonderful mix of ingredients. I love how it has dried cherries and coconut and pecans - it must have great texture and flavour xx
  • [email protected]
    You had me at granola! with citrus!! This sounds absolutely fab! xoxo
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Wow what a refreshing recipe :D This granola would be wonderful! Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  • Haha... Great minds think alike indeed...:) Love the addition of the orange. Yum!
  • Liz
    Oh, boy, does your granola look spectacular!!! Love the addition of citrus. Good luck with your new lifestyle changes...I hope you feel well with the dietary changes. Good luck, my friend!
  • kitchenriffs
    Wow, life has definitely thrown you some nasty curve balls! Good luck with the new diets. Love this granola -- and the citrus addition is brilliant. Good stuff -- thanks.
  • For years, I made granola, but I haven't made any this year for some strange reason. I think yours might just push me to change that. You have some unique ingredients for a granola and I love the orange liquor!!! Definitely would not make that optional. :) What a great crunch!
  • Jamie
    I have never made granola... never really felt the need but this one is amazing! I love the low amount of sweetener, the dried cherries and the touch of orange? I really want to make this! And good for you keeping strong with the diets!