Home > Breakfast > Chocolate Granola Chocolate Granola December 12, 2019 | 10 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Chocolate Granola has a rich chocolate flavor, the perfect amount of sweetness, and the best crunchy texture. Make this granola your own by changing up the nuts or other ingredient add-ins. Be sure to try these other granola recipes: Peanut Butter Granola, Healthy Granola, and Almond Granola. Chocolate Granola Anytime I can pass off chocolate for breakfast, it’s a definite yes. This granola is richly chocolate and has the perfect amount of sweetness. While my whole family will down handfuls of this granola, our favorite way to eat it is pictured above: in a bowl with good yogurt. I like getting a coconut mousse yogurt and topping it with a few handfuls of this granola and whatever berries I’ve got on hand. A drizzle of honey finishes it off perfectly. Today I’m sharing how to make Chocolate Granola, some variation ideas, a few ideas for how to enjoy the granola, and some granola-making tips. Ingredients In Chocolate Granola Old-fashioned oats: Provide the base and bulk; give texture and chewiness. Whole almonds and pistachios: Add crunch and nutty flavor; offer protein and healthy fats. Salt: Balances and enhances the sweetness and flavors of the other ingredients. Melted coconut oil: Helps bind the ingredients, adds crispness when baked, and contributes a mild coconut flavor. Pure maple syrup: Acts as a natural sweetener and binder, helping to form clumps. Sugar: Sweetens further and aids in caramelization and crunch upon baking. Special Dark cocoa powder: Gives a rich chocolate flavor and dark color. Pure vanilla extract: Provides a warm, complementary flavor to the chocolate and oats. Unsweetened coconut flakes: Add texture and a hint of tropical flavor, especially when toasted. Chocolate chips: Sweeten, create chocolatey clusters when melted, and add texture upon re-solidifying. QUICK TIP Store granola in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. Here are a few ways to tell if granola has gone bad. How To Make Chocolate Granola Dry Mix: Blend oats, chopped almonds, and pistachios in a bowl. Wet Mix: Whisk together maple syrup, melted coconut oil, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cocoa until smooth. Combine: Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until fully integrated. Bake Prep: Spread the mixture evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Baking: Bake for 21 minutes at 325°F, stirring at 7-minute intervals, then mix in coconut flakes. Final Touch: After baking, top with chocolate chips, let them melt onto the granola, then cool without stirring. VARIATIONS Switch It Up Add dried cherries. Chocolate and cherries are delicious; dried cranberries would also be great in the mix (add after the granola is completely cooled). Leave out the coconut. If you aren’t a fan of coconut, this granola is fine without it (no other changes necessary). Use your favorite chocolate. We like combining semi-sweet and milk chocolate to top this granola, but use whatever chocolate you like best (all milk, all dark, or all semi-sweet are also good options). Add a sprinkle of sea salt. If you like sweet and salty, add some Maldon®sea salt to the top of this granola after adding the chocolate chips and they’ve begun to melt a little. Switch up the nuts. Our favorites are pistachios and almonds, but use whatever nuts you like best. Walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, slivered almonds– they all work well. You can also use 1 and 1/2 cups of a single nut variety instead of 3/4 cups of two nut varieties. Use seeds instead of nuts. Replace nuts with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. More Healthy Snack Recipes No-Bake Energy Bites protein packed Protein Breakfast Cookies cinnamon roll flavored! Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies ready in 20 minutes Healthy Pumpkin Bread with chocolate chips Banana Bites no bake FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chocolate Granola 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe This Chocolate Granola has a rich chocolate flavor, the perfect amount of sweetness, and the best crunchy texture. Make this granola your own by changing up the nuts or other ingredient add-ins. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chocolate Granola 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This Chocolate Granola has a rich chocolate flavor, the perfect amount of sweetness, and the best crunchy texture. Make this granola your own by changing up the nuts or other ingredient add-ins. Course Breakfast, Snack Cuisine American Keyword chocolate granola Prep Time 20 minutes minutes Cook Time 30 minutes minutes Total Time 50 minutes minutes Servings 5 cups (10 servings) Chelsea Lords Calories 544kcal Author Chelsea Lords IngredientsChocolate Granola▢ 3 cups old-fashioned oats (NOT steel-cut or quick oats)▢ 3/4 cup whole almonds coarsely chopped (measure before chopping)▢ 3/4 cup whole pistachios (or pecans) coarsely chopped (measure before chopping)▢ 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil▢ 1/2 cup pure maple syrup▢ 1/2 cup white granulated sugar▢ 1/2 cup Special Dark cocoa powder (make sure it's Dutch process)▢ 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract▢ 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes▢ 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips▢ 1/2 cup milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips (we like milk best)US - Metric USMetric InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick Silpat liner and set aside. Measure out the oats in a large bowl and set aside.DRY INGREDIENTS: Coarsely chop the almonds and pistachios. Add to the bowl with the oats.WET INGREDIENTS: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the 3/4 teaspoon salt (reduce if sensitive to salt), 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil (measure when melted), 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and combined.COMBINE: Pour the chocolate wet mixture into the oat and nut mixture; stir until all the oats and nuts are well coated.BAKE: Spread mixture on the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 7 minutes, stir well, bake for another 7 minutes, stir again, and return to the oven for 4 more minutes. At this point, you can add in the 1/2 cup coconut flakes and bake for another 3-4 minutes if you want the coconut toasted. This will give you about 21 minutes total bake time which is how long I always bake my granola. Remove from the oven and toss once more. Let granola stand for 2 minutes and then sprinkle the 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips on top and then the 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips on top. The chocolate will melt into the granola (don't toss it, just let it melt in). Let it stand for 2-3 hours or until the chocolate is firmed up and the granola has hardened and set up.STORE: Store in an airtight container, out of sunlight, at room temperature for 3-4 weeks (do not store in fridge). Freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months. Video Nutrition FactsServing: 10servings | Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.7g | Protein: 10.2g | Fat: 29.5g | Cholesterol: 67.8mg | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 39.5g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. 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