Chocolate Granola Recipe with Almonds

5 from 7 votes

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This homemade Chocolate Granola Recipe is made with almonds, cocoa, and coconut! A sweet breakfast that can be altered to your preferences!

This Chocolate Granola Recipe was inspired after making and devouring cookies for breakfast. I was enthralled with the idea of turning my breakfasts into desserts. I have devised a simple plan to trick my bottom half, taste buds and tummy all at the same time with something chocolaty, delicious, low fat with no sugar! Hello, healthy breakfast. This stuff is amazing, especially if you’re trying to cut back on the sugar. Take a peek and see how ridiculously easy this is!

Chocolate Granola

Chocolate Granola Recipe

{Feel free to customize this recipe for your own needs!}

  • Oats (Quick Cooking) – These are Gluten-Free, people!!! So if you’re sensitive to that, this is a great recipe for you.
  • Almonds and Coconut – If you are allergic to either of these, swap them out for something you’re not allergic to. Try a neutral cereal like Cheerios or dried fruit.
  • Cocoa Powder and Vanilla Extract – Two traditional flavors that always go well together.
  • Butter and Maple Syrup – When I use the term healthy, I mean no preservatives or chemicals. And I prefer butter over oil any day! So real maple syrup and butter it is.

For other easy granola recipes take a look at these: No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Loaded Pepita Granola, and Simple Orange Almond Granola.

Oat, Almond, Coconut Mixture

How to Make Chocolate Granola

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats (quick-cooking please!), almonds, and unsweetened coconut flakes. I used Bob’s Red Mill brand….because we love Bob. Stir and set aside.
  2. In a small liquid measuring cup, melt butter in microwave. Stir in maple syrup and cocoa powder. Use really good quality stuff. I used Scharffen Berger. Microwave mixture another 30 seconds or so or until cocoa mixes in so there aren’t any lumps. Stir in vanilla.

Cocoa, Maple Syrup Mixture

  1. Pour butter/maple mixture over the bowl of oats. Stir to coat and divide between two cookie sheets.
  2. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. And, voila! 1 hour later, beautifully golden, not too sweet, healthy and chocolatey granola. Mmmmm… Cool this down and store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

Chocolate Granola

Variations

Dried Fruit. You can add dried fruit to the mix after baking your chocolate granola. Berries are always a good choice.

Fresh Fruit. This could be strawberries like pictured or even bananas.

Peanut Butter. Luckily for you, I have a whole other recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola.

Chocolate Chips. If you have a sweet tooth try adding mini chocolate chips to this recipe.

 

Chocolate Granola Recipe

Make-Ahead Chocolate Granola

This chocolate granola recipe makes a total of 12 cups!!! But if you want to make a double batch, go for it. The more the merrier with this recipe.

The best way to store granola is in an airtight container, preferably in your pantry, away from humidity and heat. But you can also freeze it to make it last even longer. Just make sure the container is completely closed. One more tip, the fridge is not a good place to store granola because it can absorb nasty fridge smells. Ew.

Chocolate Granola

More Healthy Breakfasts to Try!

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Printable recipe card below. Enjoy! 🙂

5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Granola Recipe with Almonds

This homemade Chocolate Granola Recipe is made with almonds, cocoa, and coconut! A sweet breakfast that can be altered to your preferences!
servings 12 cups
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup toasted almonds sliced
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder heaping
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine oats (quick-cooking please!), almonds, and unsweetened coconut flakes. I used Bob’s Red Mill brand. Stir and set aside.
  • In a small liquid measuring cup, melt butter in microwave. Stir in maple syrup and cocoa powder. Use really good quality stuff. I used Scharffen Berger. Microwave mixture another 30 seconds or so or until cocoa mixes in so there aren’t any lumps. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour butter/maple mixture over the bowl of oats. Stir to coat and divide between two cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Cool this down and store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3.5mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate granola, Granola Recipe, Homemade Granola

 

Polaroid photo of granola bars

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  1. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    I love trickery like this! A yummy sweet treat that is healthy? I’d say this is a perfect recipe for me.

  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Yay, comments are working again! I just posted my granola bars today. Looks like we’re both on a health kick, right? Well, can we call it a health kick if chocolate is involved? I mean it has oats so I think we’ll be just fine 🙂

  3. akb

    Is there any good substitution for coconut? I have an allergy, but have a hard time knowing what to use when recipes call for coconut flakes.

  4. Marcee .... ILLINOIS

    Recipe looks good. I will try.

    There are zillons of folks who have nut allergies ….. or maybe have digesting issues with any nut.

    Someone should have already invented nut-free granola. It must taste great for kids and adults. Free of heavy sugars. Just a bit.

    There was a recipe I came across one time that only used cereals, oats, honey and I think egg whites. Cannot recall the instructions.

    Your recipe will be tasty for Mother’s Day! Bake a few batches and fill up those cello bags! Thanks Lauren.

  5. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    chocolate granola is the perfect way to start the day. Looks like your comment issue may have been resolved (yaaay!). Excited to try your granola recipe. 🙂

  6. Donna E

    This looks good! Thank you. For Anneka, when i looked up gluten, Livestrong.com said: The three most common grains that have gluten are wheat, rye and barley. Three common grains that do NOT contain gluten are corn, OATS and rice.

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    I love granola, but have yet to make my own. This chocolate version sounds like a great way to start the day!

  8. Sweet Philosopher

    this looks amazing – i have been looking for a ganola recipe that is actually healthy and this looks like it might just be the one – i am going to try substituting the nuts though for my faves but thank you for the inspiration 😀 x

  9. Megan Pence

    This looks FANTABULOUS Lauren! I’m all for tricking my mind, thighs and tummy into thinking I’m eating dessert at breakfast 🙂

  10. anonymous

    yes your husband is a great hand model 🙂 looks yummy (the cereal, not your husband!) you get what i mean right? i had this gerund, participle, infinitive exam yesterday and suffered severe brain damage. thats why im not thinking right…

  11. Katie @ ohshineon

    Oh, this recipe looks awesome. I’ve been meaning to make up another batch of granola. All I need is the time to set aside one hour from my crazy schedule to watch over the hot oven!

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  13. emily

    oh my goodness, i want this right now!! just made your no bake choc chip granola bars tonight for breakfast tomorrow and snuck a bite. yummy. i can’t wait to make this recipe for weekend breakfast. thanks for all the yum ideas!

  14. suzieg

    5 stars
    Tried this last weekend, Lauren….love it! My son says “it’s the bomb!” I posted a blog for you about it http://suziesimaginarium.blogspot.com/2012/05/food-for-shopping.html

  15. PSHYRA

    5 stars
    I LOVE YOUR SITE! I JUST MADE THE “NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS” WITH MY DAUGHTERS. WE’RE WAITING FOR THEM TO SET NOW. I LOVE HOW SIMPLE YOUR RECIPES ARE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING OUT MORE OF THEM.THANKS!

  16. Marissa

    This looks SOOOO yummy! What a great breakfast idea for the die-hard chocholics like me 🙂 !

    But I gotta ask, is it reallllllllyyyyyy that healthy if BUTTER is used? Any substitutes for that?

    And what’s the calorie count?

    1. Lauren

      When I use the term healthy, I mean no preservatives or chemicals. And I prefer butter over oil any day….love the flavor of butter! And, no idea on the calorie count! Sorry!

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  21. Abby

    Hey! I am going to make this tonight. Quick question – I only have sweetened coconut – do you think that would be ok or too sweet?

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  24. Any Nezovich

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love that you have options since I’m not a coconut fan. Can’t wait to experiment with different flavor combinations.