Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe
Healthy superfood ingredients like raw organic cacao powder, coconut, and chia seeds come together to create a decadent tasting breakfast or snack. Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?!
I’ve made this delicious granola twice in the past week. The first time I made it, planning to send it off to friends as a housewarming gift, it disappeared. Yummy Hubby really loved it. Like, a little too much. So I made the chocolate granola a second time, but was smarter this time a put a “hands off!” sticky note on the container until I had it out of the house. Homemade granola is fun and simple to make, and uses everyday ingredients that you may already have in the pantry. If you’d like to make gluten free homemade granola, be sure to buy certified gluten free oats.
I absolutely love this granola with almond milk, but I love it just as much on a peanut butter smoothie bowl. It tastes like the most wonderful dessert, but is loaded with nutrition.
Chocolate granola is best with cold milk. The milk quickly turns into chocolate milk and reminds me so much of the chocolate rice krispies cereal I only got to have on vacation as a kid for that chocolate milky reason. And that reason only – this one is loaded with nutrients without all the sugar.
Have I mentioned I have horrendous handwriting? Slapping on labels is more my thing. Thank goodness the kindergarten teacher included glue sticks on the supply list! And don’t tell my big girl I sneaked her new glue stick from her backpack in the middle of the night. I created this one in Photoshop and you’re welcome to print it out and use it. Click here to download the jpg file.
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This chocolate granola recipe has been a popular one on the blog for years now. When I made it this week I felt it was a little too dry, so I reduced the amount of oats from 4 cups to 3, and increased the coconut oil and honey. If you loved the recipe the way it was you can find the original printer friendly recipe here printer friendly recipe .
Healthier superfood chocolate granola is delicious with milk and berries.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup raw walnuts (or any other nuts you have on hand)
- ½ cup chia, flax, or hemp seeds (I like a combination)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey (agave or maple syrup if vegan)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or light brown sugar)
- 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (optional for extra decadence)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, walnuts, seeds, salt, and cacao. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, vanilla, honey, and coconut sugar until smooth. Pour coconut oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir until oats are coated. I find using two rubber spatulas at the same time to mix the ingredients works best. If you like your granola very clumpy, add more honey.
- Coat one large or two small rimmed baking sheet(s) with cooking spray or rub with a little more coconut oil. Press granola into the bottom of the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake another 10-15 minutes. Cool completely in the pan without stirring. Granola will crisp up, clump, and harden as it cools. Gently stir in chocolate chunks, if desired. Store in an airtight container.
- Serve over milk and topped with raspberries or bananas. Yum!
Vegan option: Use agave syrup or maple syrup instead of the honey. Use only vegan chocolate chips. Gluten Free option: Make sure your oats are gluten-free. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are often contaminated during processing. Also check that the chocolate you use is gluten free.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 21gProtein: 9g
I love the label!
This looks so delicious, and OMG that label is so cute!! Definitely gonna make some of this to bring back to school with me 🙂 Pinned!
This sounds like an absolute delight!
This is meant to be…I have all the ingredients! Thanks, Marina!
Oh Marina, this granola sounds so delicious! I love the idea of enjoying a bowl topped with cold milk – yum! Definitely pinning this recipe!
I've been making homemade granola lately but have yet to try a chocolate version – looks like I found my next batch!
wow… the label is over the top! beautiful and professional looking…and i'm sure delicious.
Oh my this granola looks delicious! And what a fun label to go with it 🙂
Lovely recipe. I am going to make this gluten free. Thanks.
I have been eating parfaits every morning for the past couple weeks. Making my own granola would make it even better!
I'm totally going to try this…it sounds mmm, mmm good! Beautiful photos 🙂
Mmmmh! Sounds delish!
Have a nice Sunday!
That looks absolutely delicious – people forget that dark chocolate is actually quite good for you, the trick is to keep the sugar to a minimum – honey is the classic, I have never used coconut sugar but am going to put it on my list. This looks like a fantastic recipe, and I can’t wait to eat it with milk and berries like the picture shows!
Thanks Janel! You're right, chocolate (without the sugar) IS really good for you!
I have been loving coconut sugar as a natural alternative to sugar. You can always omit it in this recipe and just use the honey if you would like 🙂
I love any recipe that has healthy and chocolate in the title! This sounds delicious, a perfect way to start the day!
yum! I need a handful or rather bowlful of that
I love chocolates of all kinds. And I love this most because this is really healthy and will really satisfy my cravings for chocolates.
This looks so yummy! How can you go wrong with chocolate?
This looks SO good — an those labels are adorable!
What does the salt do for the granola? Debating whether to use it or leave it out.
Hi Nancy, either way is totally fine. Doesn't make much of a difference. Some people like little salt bite 🙂 It tends to bring out sweet flavors.
Oh my goodness! I made this (with the salt) and my son just loves it. Was not hard to make at all. Just had to be careful not to burn it. Hard to tell with the chocolate. Thanks for all the great recipes. Made several from your cookbook and they all have been hits!
I am eating mine right now with greek yogurt and bananas! I can't wait to send this with the kiddos to their first day of school this week as a gift to their teachers! Thank you Marina! So yummy!!!!
It looks lovely ! I will try it tomorrow.
Oats are not gluten-free… Rye, wheat, barley and oats all contain gluten.
Actually oats are naturally gluten-free, but they often are contaminated in processing facilities. There are many gluten-free oats available.
Here's a good article explaining it:
This looks wonderful!! I love all the variation options you've included.
I'm having a problem finding Cacao powder, do you think a good quality dutch coco powder would work?
Hi Kitty, you could use any cocoa powder, it just won't have all the nutritional benefits.
Most any natural or health food store will have raw cacao though.
WHat could i use as a substitue for coconut oil? I am excited to try this!
This looks delicious and I have all the ingredients. Guess what I'm making after church today!!!
Hi Megan, any kind of oil 🙂 I'd choose walnut oil next.
Hello wonderful gorgeous Yummy Mummy!
Your site is beautiful and inspiring, both your writing and your pictures make me feel so calm and blissed-out – your children and yummy hubby are so lucky 🙂
I've noticed that you recommend agave in a lot of your recipes, and it saddens me seeing that your recipes are so healthy that you recommend agave as it is very unhealthy! and not many people know about this – please read these articles about agave:
I hope you read them and substitute the agave (and maybe the other sweeteners…) in your recipes – I have just made your coconut ice cream using dates which I most often use as a vegan natural sweetener – wish me luck 🙂
– Louise Emma
Hi Louise Emma! Thanks so much for your comment. I actually don't use agave anymore either. I now recommend coconut nectar instead. I personally use local honey, but many vegan readers do not use honey.
We've made this recipe twice and it is delicious. We had to substitute the cacao powder with regular cocoa powder, since we haven't been able to find it here in Zambia, and the flavor is good. I found I did have to cook the 2nd batch a little longer to make it a little more crunchy to our liking. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Oh my goodness, I made this last week and it was like a flood of oxytocin and also felt really great in my body. LOVE the coconut oil kick, even though I have a crush on butter, this was delicious. Thank you for sharing!
Made this delectable recipe last week, fell in love with the coconut oil addition (even though I ave a huge crush on butter). Think I'll use it more often in my granola recipes, since I put it in everything else. Thank you for sharing this recipe! XO
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