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Cinnamon-Coconut Crunch Spent Grain Granola

by Heather

I just don’t know what to do with myself. 

You see… I’ve got a problem. 

I have all this granola on hand.  6 cups to be exact.

It’s a vicious cycle really. 

Jacob brews beer.  Jacob saves spent grain for me.  I make chocolate chip spent grain granola.  Or now cinnamon-coconut crunch spent grain granola too.  I eat granola by the handful… on oatmeal… with soymilk.  The beer is ready.  I drink the beer.  Jacob brews more beer…..

See the cycle?!

I’m not saying it isn’t a tasty one, it’s just a cycle. Winking smile

Noted.  Moving one.

So about all this granola…

It’s pretty rocking.  The key to keeping it super crunchy is leaving it in the fridge after it has fully cooled off.  This would help keep it longer, if I didn’t eat it so quickly.

I need to learn how to share.

Oh wait, I am going to!  For the auction the winner can choose between the original chocolate cherry spent grain granola, or the new cinnamon-coconut flavor.

It’s a tough choice but somebody’s gotta do it.  I’m just glad it won’t be me.

If you’re decision impaired like me, then you’re in luck today.  You can make both granola for yourself!  And when you do, come back and tell me your favorite.  I’m dying to know!

Cinnamon-Coconut Crunch Spent Grain Granola
Makes about 6 cups


  • 4 cups spent grains (or any cooked whole grain), squeeze out excess liquid – but make sure they’re still a little bit wet, not totally dry
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with low sides with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the spent grains, coconut, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, brown rice syrup and coconut oil. 
  3. In another bowl stir together the flour, cinnamon and salt.  Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until fully combined.
  4. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
  5. After 1 hour reduce the heat to 275 degrees and bake 20-30 more minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until slightly crispy and not burned.
  6. Remove from the oven and once fully cooled store in a sealed container in the fridge.  They will harden up and get really crispy in the fridge.

So tell me, which one would you try first? Cherry-chocolate or cinnamon-coconut? 

And have you ever had such a dilemma on your hands?!

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Erica July 20, 2011 - 4:10 am

mmmmmmmm looks super clumpy- love granola clumps. SO GOOD!MUST win your granola!

Get Healthy with Heather July 20, 2011 - 6:19 am

I hope you do win! It’d be so tasty in a parfait I bet… hmmm I must try 🙂

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 20, 2011 - 4:10 am

YUM! i wish I was in that dilemma haha! I would try the cherrry chocolate one…I’m not the biggest coconut fan 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather July 20, 2011 - 6:18 am

I used to not like coconut either… but then something changed now I love it!

thehealthyapron July 20, 2011 - 5:46 am

Cherry Chocolate would be first…but I do love coconut…

Get Healthy with Heather July 20, 2011 - 6:18 am

Chocolate’s always a winner!

Haley Q July 20, 2011 - 7:34 am

Okay so I’m somewhat scared to have granola in my house because I will also eat it on everything. It’s not normal at all. Both of those sound absolutely amazing, but I’d have to pick the coconut and cinnamon one if I HAD to choose. Looks wonderful!

Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola July 20, 2011 - 10:44 am

Omg this looks absolutely amazing!!! I will definitely be making it! But I’m a little confused about the spent grains- what types of whole grains do you recommend?

Get Healthy with Heather July 20, 2011 - 11:52 am

Hey Emily – spent grains are the whole grains that are boiled for a long time to exact malt + flavor to add to beer. You could use any cooked whole grain here – barley, spelt, oat groats and even wheat berries. Hope that helps and if not shoot me an email!

Kris | iheartwellness.com July 20, 2011 - 10:55 am

Hahaha, I think you could have a worse problem 😉 I love granola that is hard, crunchy and full of flavor…how gorgeous is the look of this granola!!

Love it!

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 20, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Granola?! YUM!! I love this!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 20, 2011 - 12:51 pm

That’s a good problem to have 😉 I love coconut in granola – or coconut in anything!

Isabelle July 20, 2011 - 1:00 pm

I would try the cinnamon-coconut if it were up to me 🙂

Allie July 20, 2011 - 1:54 pm

I would go with cinnamon coconut!!

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Julie of Spinach and Sprinkles July 20, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Oh cinnamon + coconut!!!! I’m all in! 🙂 Looks great! I wouldn’t throw a kink in the cycle you have going, don’t mess with a good thing. Ha!

Get Healthy with Heather July 20, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Haha I know it really is a pretty dang good (and tasty!) deal I’ve got going on.

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 21, 2011 - 1:57 am

Having a lot of that granola can never be a bad thing! YUM! 🙂

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 21, 2011 - 3:52 am

Cinnamon coconut would be my pick 🙂 Although chocolate cherry sounds phenomenal too…

Oh, the tough life decisions we must face!


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