Re-creating grocery store foods is one of my favourite things. It’s like a challenge. And I love challenges. As was the case with Love Crunch Granola– It’s filled with dried berries, chocolate, and coconut. More of a treat than a breakfast, but delicious just the same. And quite addicting.
My best friend K, as well as my father, have both always loved this granola. K and I’s dads are good friends, so whenever my father would visit their house, he would go into their cupboards and steal the granola to munch on.
In conclusion – we owe K’s family a lot of granola… and it was going to get expensive. So to reimburse them for all the granola my father has “borrowed”, I made my own, Copycat “Love Crunch” Granola. And with less sugar.
Copycat Love Crunch GranolaPrint Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- ~1 oz freeze-dried strawberries or mixed berries (can swap dried strawberries if desired, use ~1/2-3/4 cup)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Mix together the oats and coconut.
In a larger bowl, stir together the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and cocoa powder, and ground cinnamon.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well coated.
Empty ingredients onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so until golden.
When the granola is cooled, crush some of the freeze dried berries (I used a plastic bag and a rolling pin to powderize). Stir in the chocolate chips as well as the whole and crushed freeze-dried berries.
Store granola in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt and fresh strawberries, and toasted coconut.
Nicole RandoAugust 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm
Awesome ‘hack’. Tastes just like the store brand. I didn’t have berries, so substituted 1/2 cup of slivered almonds and it came out fantastic! Thank you!!
MelissaNovember 27, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Loved it! We chopped some almonds in place of the coconut and added 1/4 cup whole flaxseeds. Delicious! We used Trader Joe’s freeze dried strawberries, but would love to know what brand others use.
KaraFebruary 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Awesome, I love that stuff. I was Googling a copycat recipe and landed here 😉 Can’t wait to try to make my own. I will use Simple Truth Freeze Dried Strawberries from Kroger and the 72% Cacao Chunks too.
mara_adminFebruary 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm
Thanks so much Kara! It’s super addicting:)
Marwa AlessaSeptember 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm
Wow i think you did it perfectly ❤️
mara_adminOctober 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Thanks so much Marwa 🙂
Daniele CoxMarch 12, 2020 at 1:27 pm
I made it vegan by using maple syrup instead of honey and it worked great! Thank you for the recipe!
mara_adminApril 23, 2020 at 11:50 am
So glad you enjoyed it!
JuliaApril 18, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Just what I was looking for! I only have sweetened coconut though and am trying to not go out (you know- the whole pandemic thing). How would I modify this recipe? Thanks so much!
mara_adminApril 23, 2020 at 11:50 am
Hi Julia! You could just decrease the honey by a couple tablespoons. When decreasing honey, sometimes I add in some juice or egg whites to replace the liquid so it continues to bunch together! Happy baking 🙂
MelissaAugust 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm
Could I use dairy free “butter” spread in place if the coconut oil?
mara_adminAugust 6, 2020 at 10:25 am
I’ve never tried, but I’m sure it would work out great!
Jen GJanuary 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm
The granola is delicious but for the dehydrated strawberries I have 4 oz seems like way too much. How many would you say you use in cups? I ended up using about 2/3 cups which weighed less than one oz and it was plenty.
mara_adminJanuary 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm
Hi Jen, thanks for the comment! I will have to update my recipe :). I originally had made this recipe with dried strawberries, and when I was finally able to get freeze-dried, I changed it but must have forgotten to update my amounts! I have on my notes that I used 1 package (1.0 oz) of freeze-dried, so you were 100% correct with your measurements. Glad you enjoyed!
KatieJanuary 12, 2021 at 12:26 pm
Mmmmm. This is really good! I doubled the recipe but used only one 1.2 oz bag of freeze dried strawberries and it still tasted pretty spot-on. Thanks for sharing!!
AnikaOctober 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm
Love Crunch granola is my favorite! I love the dark chocolate peanut buttervone as well if you ever feel like making another copycat granola recipe
MargaritaJanuary 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm
Made a couple of batches of this recipe as a Christmas gift for work friends and they all loved it. Thank you!
Now I need to go make a batch for myself ^.^
mara_adminJanuary 2, 2022 at 10:07 pm
Glad you enjoyed it!