Crunchy Chocolate Granola Recipe

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Granolas are healthy treats that make for a great breakfast. But they turn into mouthwatering holiday treats when you add a dose of chocolate to them. So, I have a healthy chocolate granola recipe for breakfast, snacks, or desserts.

Chocolate Granola Recipe

Chocolate granola is made using simple ingredients. These include rolled oats, nuts, coconut flakes, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, chocolate chips, and salt.

All you need to do is mix up the ingredients and set the granola if you like to have them as bars or leave it as it is. I love making chocolate granola because it can be used in many delicious ways.

In the sections below, I will tell you all the interesting ways to add healthy chocolate granola to other food items. This granola recipe is crunchy, chocolatey, perfectly sweet, rich in fiber and protein, and, most importantly, comes together quickly.

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Chocolate Granola?

  • Baking Sheet – You will require a baking sheet to spread the chocolate granola for baking.
  • Parchment Paper – A parchment paper placed over a baking sheet prevents the granola from sticking to the base.
  • Bowl – You will need a bowl to mix the ingredients. 
  • Saucepan – A saucepan will be used to cook the wet ingredients.
  • Mixing Spoon or Baking Spatula – A baking spatula or mixing spoon will be required to mix the ingredients.
  • Oven – To bake the granola, you will need an oven. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Chocolate Granola?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
10 Minutes30 Minutes40 minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Chocolate Granola?

  • Oats – To make chocolate granola, you will need four cups of rolled oats. Rolled oats are old-fashioned or whole oats. They have a flat, irregularly round, and textured appearance.
  • Nuts – Nuts make the granola healthy and add a crunch to it. You will need one cup of finely chopped almonds and walnuts.
  • Coconut Flakes  – Coconut flakes add a nice coconut flavor to the granola. You will need half a cup of coconut flakes. If you are not a fan of coconut flavor, you can omit this ingredient.
  • Salt  – Salt helps to bring out the flavor. You will need half a teaspoon of salt.
  • Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar adds the desirable sweetness to chocolate granola but doesn’t have a coconut flavor. You will need half a cup of coconut sugar.
  • Cocoa Powder – Cocoa powder is used to add chocolate flavor to granola. Here you will need half a cup of cocoa powder.
  • Maple Syrup – Maple syrup has caramel and vanilla-like flavor. You will need half a cup of maple syrup to infuse these flavors in the chocolate granola. The sticky nature of this syrup will also help to bind the granola.
  • Coconut Oil – To make the granola toasty, you need some fat. That’s why you will need half a cup of coconut oil.  
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla extract is a flavor enhancer. You will need one teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
  • Chocolate Chips – Chocolate granola can’t be complete without chocolate pieces. Therefore, you will need one cup of chocolate chips or a chopped chocolate bar.
  • Sea Salt – Sea salt is an optional ingredient. You can sprinkle some on top if you like.
Chocolate Granola Recipe

Steps To Make Chocolate Granola

1. Pre-Preparations

To make chocolate granola, begin by preheating your oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

2. Make The Granola Mix

Take a large bowl and combine rolled oats, coconut flakes, nuts, and salt. Place a saucepan on the stove and add cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and coconut oil.

Cook the mixture over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Stir the mixture to prevent it from burning.

Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract to the mix. Pour the saucepan mixture onto the rolled oat mixture and stir to combine.

3. Bake The Granola

Transfer the mixture onto the baking sheet and press flat. Bake the chocolate granola for 30 minutes. Stir it after 15 minutes.

Top the baked granola with chocolate chips. Place the baking sheet back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the chips are melted. 

Stir the granola so that melted chocolate covers all of it. Let the chocolate cool for one hour before breaking it into pieces.

How To Store Chocolate Granola?

Granola is a healthy food that you must add to your diet. Like every other food, it comes with shelf life.

But the shelf life can be short-lived if you don’t store it properly. So, to enjoy your delicious chocolate granola, here’s what you do. 

Chocolate granola can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature. You should fill it in an airtight container to retain its crunchy texture.

A pantry or cupboard is the best place to store homemade chocolate granola.  

Additionally, if it gets too hot in your region, you can also refrigerate your granola in an airtight container.

How To Eat Chocolate Granola?

Chocolate granola is a delicious and healthy snack that can be eaten in many ways. You can use it as a topping or layer it between desserts for a play of textures. Find out different ways to eat chocolate granola.

  • Milk – The simplest way to enjoy chocolate granola is to have it as a breakfast cereal. You can add this granola to a bowl of meals to start your day on a healthy note.
  • Topping – This crunchy chocolate granola can be used as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, and parfaits.
  • Base – You can also make a crunchy, healthy, and delicious base for pies using chocolate granola as a base, or make small chocolate granola cups and fill them up with mousse or custard.

Nutritional Value

Calories 349 kcal
Fat15.7 g
Protein 6 g
Sodium200.1 mg
Carbohydrates44.6 g
Sugar19.1 g

How Will Chocolate Granola Look And Taste Like?

Chocolate granola tastes absolutely delicious. As the name suggests, it tastes chocolatey.

Additionally, you also get the flavor of coconut if you add coconut flakes to the mixture and a nutty flavor from the almonds and walnuts.

In terms of looks, this granola has a chocolate brown color. It has a crunchy and toasted texture. It’s hard to resist this combination of texture and flavor. 

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Chocolate Granola Recipe

Chocolate Granola Recipe

Crunchy and chocolatey, this chocolate granola recipe is a healthy treat for breakfast, snacking, and dessert.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 cups
Calories 349 kcal

Equipment

Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Bowl
Spatula
Saucepan
Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Almonds and Walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup Coconut Flakes (optional)
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips or Chopped Chocolate Bar
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Sea Salt (optional) For Topping

Instructions
 

  • Set the oven for preheating to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine oats, nuts, coconut flakes, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut sugar, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut oil and cook for 3-4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn off the heat and add vanilla extract.
  • Pour the saucepan mixture onto the oat mixture and stir until combined.
  • Transfer the granola mixture to a baking sheet and press into a flat sheet. Bake the granola for 25-30 minutes.
  • Top the baked granola with chocolate chips and place the baking sheet back in the oven for 5 minutes. Let the chips melt.
  • Stir granola to cover it with melted chocolate.
  • Let the chocolate granola cool for one hour before breaking apart.
  • Your chocolate granola is ready to be served.

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15.7g | Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 19.1g
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Conclusion

Chocolate granola is a delicious recipe that you must try. More so, because it is a great topping for your holiday desserts.

Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)

Is chocolate granola healthy?

Chocolate granola is healthy as it contains rolled oats rich in fiber and protein. It also contains nuts that are packed with nutrients.

How much time does it take to make chocolate granola?

You need an hour to make chocolate granola.

Does this granola taste like coconut?

Chocolate granola recipes use many coconut-based ingredients. However, refined coconut oil or sugar doesn’t release coconut flavors. If you are not a fan of coconut flavor, you can remove coconut flakes.

What binds the chocolate granola?

Maple syrup, coconut sugar, and oil help to bind the chocolate granola.

How can you eat chocolate granola?

Chocolate granola can be had with milk and used as a topping over yogurt and ice cream. You can also layer them in parfaits.

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