Guest Post: Pickles & Honey [Lemon Blueberry Granola!]

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s guest post from Heidi- she certainly made Colorado sound pretty ideal, right? I actually have a guest post on Ashley’s blog today- please go check it out!

Today’s guest blogger is my amazing friend Amanda, who has one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve ever seen! Check out her photography- she has an amazing knack for capturing food and drinks in a way that make your mouth water. She also posts photos (and videos) of her two dogs… and let’s just say that they give my guys a run for their money.

And while you’re at it- check out her story, too. It’s pretty incredible!


Amanda | Pickles & Honey

Hi! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Pickles & Honey. During the last two years, I quit my 9-5, moved from Boston to San Francisco and then back again, and left safe, but stagnant to pursue what I love – writing, specifically about healthy food, with a heavy emphasis on dessert! Lauren and I met through our blogs last fall, and we instantly bonded over our love of BodyPump, spinning, frozen yogurt, and iherb shopping addictions. That site is dangerous.

Also, we’re both pretty obsessed with our dogs. I have two: Honey (a puggle) and Olive (well, we’re not really sure).

Olive & Honey

A couple of months ago, Lauren wrote about her amazing experience at the Blend Retreat, including a lemon blueberry granola that everyone there raved about. Not only was I jealous I wasn’t able to make it to Blend, I was also bummed that I missed out on that granola! I am obsessed with all things lemon, and like Lauren, lemon blueberry is one of my absolute favorite flavor combinations.

Homemade Lemon Blueberry Granola

I love making my own granola. It takes just a few minutes of prep work, a handful of ingredients, and it’s totally customizable in terms of mix-ins. Also, it’s significantly cheaper than store-bought, so you can put the money you save towards things like fancy coconut water and new shoes. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Lemon Blueberry Coconut Granola

I used the lemon blueberry flavors as the inspiration for this recipe, but I also upped the ante with a generous amount of coconut flakes, a touch of coconut sugar for sweetness, and I subbed out the more traditional canola for coconut oil. There’s just a quarter of a cup in the entire recipe – another advantage to making your own. You get to control the oil.

Granola with Almond Milk

It’s bright and summery, with just the right amount of sour lemon, sweet dried blueberries, and crunchy toasted coconut. Lemon in granola is a little bit unexpected, but it might just be my new favorite addition.

Homemade Granola

Thanks, Lauren, for the inspiration and the opportunity to share my recipe! I’m so glad we’re “blends”!


Lemon Blueberry Coconut Granola

This homemade granola beats out pre-packaged granola any day. It’s simple, delicious, affordable, and easily customized to your favorite mix-ins and flavors!

Yield: about 8 half cup servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes


4 C. Rolled Oats
1 C. Dried Blueberries
1 C. Coconut Flakes
Zest & Juice of 1 Organic Lemon
1/4 C. Coconut Oil
1/4 C. Agave Nectar (Brown Rice Syrup or Honey will also work)
1 Tbs. Coconut Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract (or sub additional Vanilla Extract)


Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and stir until everything is well-combined.
Spread the mixture onto a large, rimmed, parchment-lined cookie sheet in an even layer and bake for 12 minutes.
Stir the granola and bake it for an additional 10-12 minutes, until it’s golden brown.
Allow the granola to cool completely before transferring it to a glass container.


Too hot to turn on the oven? This recipe also makes great muesli!

Feel free to play around with the mix-ins. Trade out the dried blueberries for raisins, add in some sliced almonds or a sprinkle of cinnamon – the possibilities are endless!



  1. That lemon-blueberry granola we received samples of from Blend was my FAVORITE. I’m so excited to make this version. Great flavor combo!

  2. I agree, lemon blueberry is a fantastic flavor combonation! I’ve always wanted to try making granola, but something about it seems so intimidating! After reading this, I think I have to just, give it a shot!

  3. I wasn’t at Blend either, but I did win a giveaway for some of that granola. The lemon-blueberry was my fave so I’d love to try this!!!

  4. YUM!!! Lauren wasn’t kidding about the Lemon Blueberry granola, it was incredible! I can’t wait to try this recipe and have some delicious granola for myself. :)

  5. The smells coming from my kitchen right now are indescribable. I modified my version a little bit to cut down on some calories, but the idea was amazing! :D

  6. love it!! lemon and blueberry is a great combination and those pics are stellar!!

  7. OH YUMM!!! I love lemon and blueberry :)

    I teach BodyPump too–so we’ve bonded already, and you didn’t even know it. HAHA :)

  8. I am away hunting for new ways to jazz up granola; aside from eggs this classic grain is my breakfast go to! And with the lemons, I believe you are a woman after my own heart…can’t wait to try this!

  9. This looks fabulous! ANything with blueberries is great. Great idea to turn it into muesli too!


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