Chocolate Granola

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I have an obsession with breakfast food. Cereals and crunchy granola, in particular. I eat a bowl of either one every morning, and another bowl of either one (sometimes I mix ‘em up in the same bowl) for a late night snack.
I also love eggs, bacon, crepes, pancakes, French toast… oh sorry, this post is not about any of these.
Back to my Chocolate Granola. I love it.


I mix it up with a bunch of dried fruits, I sometimes add in chocolate chips, and there are times when I use it to dress up my ice cream. Yep. I’ll take granola any way that I can.
The chocolate granola that I make came about because of my husband. He doesn’t care for breakfast, but he cares a lot for chocolate. This was the best way that I could get him to eat his needed amount of fiber for the day. I’m such a good wifey.


Chocolate Granola

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Breakfast never tasted so good! (And it's healthy, too!)
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 173


  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven at 325.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, salt and dried fruit.
  • In a small saucepan, pour in the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all ingredients are coated.
  • Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly.
  • For a crunchier granola, bake it for a few minutes longer; the browner the granola, the crunchier it will be.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • While the granola is still a bit warm, break up some of the larger clumps.
  • Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container.
  • Serve with milk, yogurt or even ice cream and some fruit.
  • Keeps in an airtight container for weeks.


Keep in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Granola
Amount Per Serving (0.3 cup)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: easy granola recipe, healthy granola recipe, homemade granola

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One more thing you should know about granola; it keeps you “regular”. I’m not even going to try to find a fancier way to convey that message. It is what it is. Smile

Add just one other thing; Store-bought granola can be high in fat and calories. (And in price!) Create your own so that you can control the amount of fat, calories and sugar.

60 Responses
  1. Evan

    how much is one serving? im concerned about the calories. you said that one serving was 90 calories but how much is one serving?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! One serving of store-bought granola is about 1/4 cup, but I’ve updated this recipe, and after consulting with other recipe calculators on the net, I am going to go ahead and up it to 1/3 cup serving and bring that up to almost double the calories. Important thing about granola is that, it’s high in fiber and iron, while nuts and seeds add heart-healthy unsaturated fats and a bit of protein. I hope that helps.

  2. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles

    Oh, I just love granola (as if it wasn’t obvious from my blog name!). This looks wonderful.

  3. Emily

    Ah, what we do for the men in our lives? I love homemade granola. I have never tried a chocolate version. I cannot believe it is just 2 Tbsp of cocoa.

  4. The Farmers Wife

    Oh girl… Love granola, and I never even thought to add chocolate to it!! Man, and I just made a giant batch with weekend without!!! 🙁

  5. Britne @ Shabbott's Habits

    I absolutely love granola! I especially love it over fruit. And adding chocolate? Genius! I bet that this would go wonderfully with strawberries 🙂

  6. MarmandeintheKitchen

    What a good idea to combine chocolate and granola – looks delicious! Love the labels on the jar too, very cute!

  7. Chef Lana

    Like you I eat granola every day, usually on top on my yogurt, an you are right about it being expensive. This sound perfect. I’ll give it a try, but without the chocolate! Not that I don’t love chocolate, but just not in my granola. Thanks for sharing.

  8. kita

    Congrats on making the top 9 with this one. That granola looks awesome (and it has chocolate?! – who could resist?

  9. Natalia - a side of simple

    I have an obsession with chocolate and granola, so I think we should just be best friends 🙂

  10. Kim - Liv Life

    I’m with you… I could basically live on cereal and granola! I have to say I’ve never had chocolate granola, but wow, I can sure imagine a scoop of this crunchy treat over ice cream, or may yogurt! MMm!! Congrats on a well deserved Top 9!!

  11. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Great Granola recipe, Kate!!! I’ll love the taste – I am sure!! And I love your photos – so stunning and beautiful!! Oh, and congrats on Top 9 – absolutely deserved… I’ve been busy recently and couldn’t spend as much time as I’d like with you guys :)) but I will catch up now…

    1. Kate @

      Hi Mina!! I know what you mean… I have been really busy with trying to improve my site that I haven’t had much time to go through my favorite food blogs… I hope to catch up this coming weekend because it looks like I’m almost at the finish line with uploading this site to a new host.
      You and I are both on Top 9 today!!! YAAAAAY!!! Congrats sweetheart!

  12. 5 Star Foodie

    My daughter has just made her first homemade granola for a 5 star junior post coming up and we are both totally addicted to it (junior actually put choc chips into her portion)! Absolutely love the idea of adding cocoa powder.

  13. Firefly

    I love granola, and chocolate in it sounds wonderful. I’m with you, I love granola so much and always make it at home, cereal too 🙂

  14. spcookiequeen

    Love it, and I love how delicately you put, it keeps you regular. He He
    Just came to grab your new add. Hope you have a great week.

  15. the constant hunger

    Granola and yogurt in the morning is a power breakfast. Never thought to make my own granola though…until now!

  16. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    I made chocolate granola once and it was a disaster. I’ll have to try your recipe! This looks amazing. 🙂

  17. Shirley

    I’ve never heard of chocolate granola, but it sounds and looks good! And those hubbies do always need a push in the fiber department. haha

  18. Charlie

    I’ve never been a fan of granola before making my own! I did love one granola… that was very expensive and still not as good as homemade ;). Yours looks yummy :).

  19. Liz

    I have a weakness when it comes to granola…I can eat it dry with a spoon, with milk, on ice cream…any way is OK with me! Your version looks wonderful…and gorgeous photos as always!

  20. sarah

    Oh I love this! I’ve made granola with dark chocolate chunks but never with cocoa powder. I am so looking forward to trying this recipe!

  21. Mateja

    Your homemade granola sounds and looks amazing! Maybe it’s time for me to make some and if I decide to do so, I will be back to your post- bookmarked! It is always a pleasure to stop by your place and eye-eat something delicious 🙂

  22. Culinarian

    I just made a batch of homemade granola, and now I’m wishing I had added some chocolate…plus, your photos are just lovely.

  23. Imwaytoobusy

    Oh, I am freaking out over this recipe! It sounds so good! I have a chocolate granola that I found a few months back and I have not been able to find it since. This will be perfect!

  24. Claire @ Claire K Creations

    I make my own as well but I’ve never thought to add cocoa. What a decadent way to start the day!

  25. Malli's Mint and Mimosas

    This is an absolutely “Must Try” for me… I will make this next weekend. Love both chocolate and granola!!

  26. Jill@madaboutmacarons

    Kate, made a mistake reading this before going to bed since I want this for breakfast already. Will need to get my act together quickly to make this for something different this week. It looks SO good! What lovely photos, as usual 😉

  27. Amy Bakes Everything

    Gorgeous! It just amazes me how expensive cereal is from the store – and how much you can save by making it at home…and it tastes better! Great job!

  28. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    Must-make! Oh my husband will marry me all over again if I serve this for breakfast!! lol ♥- K

  29. JL goes Vegan

    Mmmm, this looks delicious! I love granola, too, and much prefer homemade! With a few tweaks (dark chocolate chips and agave instead of honey) your delicious granola is vegan! Awesome! Thanks for the great recipe!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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