No-Bake Chocolate Granola

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No-Bake Chocolate Granola: Here’s an easy-to-make nutritious snack that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require the oven!

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No-Bake Chocolate Granola

No-Bake Chocolate Granola

Years ago while I was in high school (college, maybe?), I made some granola bars and they did not turn out so well. They ended up super crumbly and not at all bar-like. Instead of throwing it all out, I threw all the crumbled ingredients into a bag and set it out on the counter. It was eaten in less than two days — either handful by handful or added to smoothies and yogurt bowls.

After that, it became a “thing:” no-bake granola. Yes, non-baked granola is not really “granola” and sounds a little bit odd. But I still make this snack all the time. A couple of months ago, I made a few batches for my sister –it’s one of her favorite snacks– and she told me I had to share it here! Yes, it’s unconventional– strange even? But totally delicious, crave-worthy, and addictive. Not to mention EASY.

But WHY No-Bake Chocolate Granola?

  1. First, it’s very fast. We can whip this up in 10 minutes or less, which means it’s ready basically as soon as we want it. 
  2. Second, it’s very easy. Not to say regular granola isn’t easy, but it definitely takes more effort–particularly the baking process which can take a good amount of time. And then there is the time spent waiting for it to cool….
  3. Third, it’s unique. It’s got the same ingredients you know and love in regular granola, but the texture is different. Overall, it makes a unique snack that is filled with good-for-you ingredients.
  4. And fourth, it’s the perfect hot-day snack recipe. So, when it’s burning hot outside, you can still have granola without turning on the oven!

I know it’s a bit unique, but I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Process shots--combining the ingredients for No-Bake Granola

No-Bake Chocolate Granola Ingredients

  • Creamy peanut butter adds flavor and nutrition to these oats. It also ensures they’re filling and satiating. As far as peanut butter goes, I recommend a peanut butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. We love using one that is slow–roasted and lightly salted with plenty of flavor.
  • Honey sweetens this granola. If you’d like to keep this vegan, try pure maple syrup or agave nectar instead.
  • Vanilla and salt are flavor enhancers for this granola!
  • Special Dark® Cocoa Powder contributes deep and intense chocolate flavor to this granola. I highly recommend using a Dutch-process cocoa powder as opposed to a plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch cocoa powder will work, but Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder is readily available at most grocery stores.
  • Old-fashioned oats will give the best results; steel-cut oats will be too coarse and hard, and quick oats don’t add enough texture.
  • Cocoa Krispies® cereal adds a fun crunch and additional chocolate flavor. If you prefer, plain Rice Krispies cereal can be used instead. 
  • Oat flour is simply pulverized oats (more on this in the “quick tip” box below). To add more nutrition to this No-Bake Chocolate Granola, try flaxseed or hemp hearts instead!
  • Mini chocolate chips are the last bit of added chocolate. They add more flavor, texture, and pull everything together!

QUICK TIP

Oat flour is just regular old-fashioned oats we grind up in a blender until they look like flour. Nothing fancy here, so if you already have the old-fashioned oats for this no-bake granola you’ll have everything you need!

No-Bake Chocolate Granola

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No-Bake Chocolate Granola

5 from 3 votes
No-Bake Chocolate Granola: an easy-to-make nutritious snack that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and doesn't require the oven!
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No-Bake Chocolate Granola

5 from 3 votes
No-Bake Chocolate Granola: an easy-to-make nutritious snack that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and doesn't require the oven!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword no bake chocolate granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 395kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125g) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (65g) honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons (16g) Dutch-process cocoa powder Note 1
  • 1 cup (100g) old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup (36g) Cocoa Krispies (or Rice Krispies)
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) oat flour (regular oats that have been blended) Note 2
  • 1/2 cup (85g) mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • WARM PEANUT BUTTER AND HONEY: In a small microwave-safe bowl combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir until smooth.
  • ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add in all the other ingredients and mix until combined. It's thick and messy at first, but just keep stirring until a good consistency is formed--you may need to lightly knead the mixture with your hands and then crumble to form granola crumbles. Enjoy!
  • STORAGE: Store in an airtight container in a dry, cool place for up to a week. We do like it best within 1-2 days.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: I highly recommend using a Dutch-process cocoa powder as opposed to a plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch cocoa powder will work, but Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder is readily available at most grocery stores.
Note 2: Oat flour is just regular oats that you blend or put in a food processor and pulse until they are a flour consistency. Measure the oat flour AFTER blending.
Note 3: This recipe yields 2 cups.
 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 832IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 6mg

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24 Comments

  1. My hubby seriously eats granola face-first. But, with the FL heat, this girl don’t wanna turn no oven on! You saved my life! Love all the chocolatey goodness girl!

  2. Can’t wait to try this. We love granola in yogurt parfaits. This is a perfect sweet way to start our days!

  3. once I read “chocolate” and “no-bake” in the same sentence i was sold! looks delicious- perfect snack! Pinned!

  4. This granola looks perfect, Chelsea! I always end up burning my granola, too. I’ve tried making different kinds and have only made one that turned out good. I am so loving this no-bake version! Perfect for my granola baking, challenged self! 🙂 Pinned!

  5. This is perfection, Chelsea! I’m loving the fact that this is no-bake, not only because turning on the oven is insanity around this time of the year, but because I can’t even tell you how many batches of granola I’ve ended up burning either… And that time I thought it would be a good idea to BAKE raisins? Yeaaaah. Crispy raisin turds aren’t high up there on my list of favourite granola add-ins. Chocolate definitely is, though. Pinned! 😀

  6. Mhmm granola is one of my favorite snacks! I’m a notorious hand-in-the-bag eater as I walk around the house and also LOVE it on yogurt. Even better that it’s chock full of chocolate!

  7. This is my kind of granola right here. Love all that chocolaty goodness! Love all the healthy things you packed in this too. I’ve never made homemade granola for some reason, but I’m totally going to change that soon. Love this, Chelsea! 🙂

  8. This no-bake granola sounds like my new BFF. Love that I don’t have to turn on the oven to make my favorite breakfast/snack. And with all that chocolate? Win-win! It looks amazing!

  9. Chelsea, love this no bake granola!!! This is the kind of snack I love for road trips and just munching on at home! I am driving to two cities next week so I might have to make this granola to take with me! love this!

  10. Oooh no bake granola! I’ve never made that but I love the thought of it! And you didn’t lie – this is for chocolate lovers!! And you know that I am a chocolate lover so this is the perfect granola for me!!

  11. No-bake granola? What an awesome idea? I love that you’ve included chocolate crispies. 🙂 Beautiful photos!

  12. Gorgeous photos Chelsea. I’ve only just started making my own granola and can’t believe how simple it is. I’ll definitely have to mix it up a little and give your no bake version a try next batch I make.

  13. This no bake granola is such a great idea AND looks gorgeous. Chocolate honey and peanut butter? Oh yes PLEASE! Definitely pinning!

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