Chocolate Granola

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Chocolate Granola is a delicious alternative to store-bought chocolate cereals, and will make you feel like a kid again! It’s a lightly sweet and crunchy snack, and when you serve it with almond milk, it reminds me of the Cocoa Puffs I grew up eating, only with more nutrient-dense ingredients.

chocolate granola in bowl with fruit

Ingredients You’ll Need

What goes into chocolate granola? All you need is a few basics.

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chopped almonds
  • Cacao powder
  • Natural sweeteners
  • Coconut oil

I love adding in the combination of shredded coconut and chopped almonds for an “Almond Joy” experience, but granola recipes are flexible, so you can make swaps if you need to. Sometimes I even leave out the oats for a grain-free granola!

Need an oil-free recipe? Try my Healthy Granola recipe for guidance. You can add some cacao powder to that recipe for a chocolate version, but it’s not quite as delicious as this tested version down below.

How to Make It

How do you make chocolate granola? Start by preheating the oven to 325ºF. I like to use a lower temperature for this recipe, so the nuts won’t burn before everything is crispy.

dry granola ingredients in a bowl

Stir together the dry granola ingredients, then add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until everything looks well coated.

Press the granola mixture out onto a lined pan. I’m using a half-sheet pan, which fits this recipe pretty perfectly.

chocolate granola pressed into pan

Bake for 15 minutes, then stir well so the granola will crisp evenly. (The edges tend to cook faster than the center, so try to break up the center area and bring some of that to the edges when you stir, so you don’t wind up with burnt or under-cooked pieces.)

Return to the oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until your kitchen smells like brownies. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely. It might not look crispy right away, but it will firm up as it cools!

baked granola stirred in pan

Break the granola into clumps, and store it in an airtight jar. For a double-chocolate granola, you can also stir in a few mini chocolate chips. It takes it to a “dessert” granola level, but it would be fantastic for a DIY gift jar!

Storage Tips

Assuming you baked the granola evenly (without any moist spots remaining) it will keep well in an airtight jar at room temperature for up to a week, or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze granola for an even longer shelf life.

Do not leave the granola sitting out, uncovered, for more than 24 hours. In my experience, it will lose its crunch if you don’t keep it tightly covered in a jar.

chocolate granola in glass jar

How to Serve It

What do you eat with chocolate granola? Serve it with homemade hemp milk for extra protein in each bite, or try homemade oat milk! Top it with fresh fruit, like strawberries or raspberries, which pair extra-well with chocolate, if you ask me.

You can also enjoy this crunchy granola on its own as a snack, if you need something on the go. My son has asked me to include this in his school lunch box as a dry snack, so it’s definitely a hit either way.

I think the chocolate flavor is much more noticeable if you serve it with milk. I love how this granola turns your milk into “chocolate milk” as you get to the bottom of the bowl, too!

finished granola in jar and in bowl with milk

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Chocolate Granola

This Chocolate Granola is naturally sweetened, and makes a more nutrient-rich alternative to store bought cereals! Feel free to customize the add-ins to use what you have on hand.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine gluten-free
Keyword chocolate granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 282kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a large baking sheet (I use a half sheet pan) with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, almonds, cacao powder, coconut sugar, and salt. Stir well.
    dry granola ingredients in a bowl
  • Add in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla, and stir again, until the mixture looks evenly coated. Transfer the granola to the prepared pan, and spread it out into a flat layer.
    chocolate granola pressed into pan
  • Bake at 325ºF for 15 minutes, then give the granola a stir to help promote even cooking. The edges will tend to cook faster than the middle, so I like to break up the middle and stir well so that everything will dry out evenly. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until your house starts to smell like brownies.
    baked granola stirred in pan
  • Remove the granola from the oven and stir one more time. Let it cool completely to let it crisp up. Once it's completely cool, you can store it in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature, or for a longer shelf life, I prefer to store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Serve with your favorite fruit and milk, or on its own as a crunchy snack.
    finished granola in jar and in bowl with milk

Notes

This recipe makes roughly 6 cups of granola, so the nutrition information is for approximately 1/2 cup. This is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
Want a lower sugar version? You can leave out the coconut sugar for a less sweet granola recipe. It doesn't taste as chocolate-y to me without it, and it's also not quite as crispy, but it's still delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

If you try this Chocolate Granola recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know what you think! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Brooklyn

Love this idea! Gives me total cocoa puffs cereal vibes! Thank you for another healthier and more wholesome swap without having to give up delicious flavor. 👏🏻

Andrea

What is the serving size?

    Megan Gilmore

    The nutrition info is for roughly 1/12 of the recipe, which is approximately 1/2 cup, but that can be tricky to measure depending on how “clumpy” your granola is. I just eyeball it, and fill the rest of my bowl with fruit and hemp milk.

    Bethany

    Very easy to make, great flavor, it felt like I was cheating and yet it was healthy! Next time I think I’ll add some sliced bananas in my bowl as I’m eating it. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with the rest of us

Lanae

Could you use Swerve instead of coconut sugar to reduce the sugar? If so would you recommend the Swerve brown sugar or granulated?

Ruth

This is perfect! I followed the recipe to a T, and I was nervous that the granola wasn’t going to be crisp enough, but it did get crunchy once it was cool. It tastes so good!!

Lori

Yummy!! Only had 1/4 cup coconut oil left so also used 1/4 cup butter. Came out delicious! I can’t stop eating it! I’m definitely going to make this again.

Kathy Johnston

That is triple the sugar I would eat. Do you think u could just use the maple syrup.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, that’s in the notes! That’s how I originally tested it, but my kids didn’t approve. You might want to cut back on the cacao powder slightly in that case, too.

Sue b

Amazing!! I’ve been making granola for my family for years but this is next level. My kids are thrilled! Thanks for another fabulous recipe!!

SAndy

This is soooo good! I’ve been snacking on it all afternoon. Good thing it makes a lot so there will be some left for breakfast! Thank you for all your great recipes!

NICOLE

So yummy! I left my almonds whole & added in 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa. Tastes like dessert:)

Heather

My family is loving this recipe!

MonIca

So yummy!!! Been buying store bought Chocolate granola cereal and this is so much better!!! Followed recipe exactly and came out perfect 😋

Tam

I see chocolate chips in the picture but not in the recipe. Did you add those after or before cooking as I see them on the baking sheet too? It looks great and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I just sprinkled those on at the end for the photos, but it was almost “too much” when I ate this, so I decided not to include them in the recipe. But if you want to add them, I think the mini chocolate chips work best!

Kathie

Delicious!! My favorite new snack is this granola over Greek yogurt!

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