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Chocolate Granola

Make our homemade Chocolate Granola, a perfect blend of crunchy and sweet. Easy to make with pantry staples, it’s the ideal breakfast or snack for those who love a reasonable chocolatey treat.

Chocolate granola in a jar.

Homemade Chocolate Granola

There’s something about breakfast food that captures our hearts, especially when it comes to cereals and crunchy granola. We love a bowl of it to kickstart the day and a late-night snack. But what takes center stage in our love affair with breakfast treats? Our homemade chocolate granola.

This delightful granola is a treat we’d happily have at any time of day. It can be mixed with a variety of dried fruits or even chocolate chips, and it works as a fantastic ice cream topping. Plus, it was initially crafted with love to persuade a certain breakfast-skipping, chocolate-loving family member to start the day right. 😊

Why We Love This Recipe

This homemade chocolate granola recipe ticks all the boxes for a perfect breakfast or snack. It’s filling, crunchy, chocolatey, and incredibly versatile. Moreover, it was born from a mission to make breakfast not just necessary but irresistible. Now, it’s a favorite treat that keeps us coming back for more. Plus, store-bought granola can be high in price, too, so creating your own is a great way to get around that.

Chocolate granola with dried fruit and nuts.

Recipe Ingredients

This granola recipe calls for simple, wholesome ingredients you likely have in your pantry already. You’ll need:

  • old-fashioned rolled oats
  • cocoa powder
  • sliced almonds & chopped walnuts
  • wheat germ
  • ground cinnamon & salt
  • water
  • canola oil
  • honey
  • light brown sugar
  • pure vanilla extract

How To Make Chocolate Granola

  • Begin by preheating your oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix all your dry ingredients.
  • Simultaneously, in a saucepan, stir together your water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla until it reaches a boil.
  • Combine the two mixtures, ensuring the dry ingredients are well-coated with the sweet syrup.
  • Spread it out on your baking sheet and let the oven work its magic.

Tips On Making Homemade Granola

While making granola is a relatively straightforward process, we have a few tips for the best results.

  • Ensure you stir the mixture occasionally while it’s baking to achieve an evenly browned, crisp texture.
  • If you prefer your granola on the crunchier side, let it bake a bit longer.
  • Once out of the oven, break up any large clumps while it’s still warm.
Bowl of chocolate granola with a spoon next to it.

Add-Ins & Variations

  • Freeze Dried Berries: I like to add freeze-dried fruit to this chocolate granola! Raspberries and strawberries are my top picks because they complement the chocolate so well. If you’re feeling it, throw in about 1/2 to 1 cup of freeze-dried fruit after the granola cools down.
  • Nuts & Seeds: Feel free to mix and match the nuts and seeds in this granola. Sometimes, I swap out the almonds for chopped pistachios. And let me tell you, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds work great too. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding hemp seeds or chia seeds in place of ground flax seeds.
  • Orange Zest: Add some orange zest to the cooled granola for a bit of bright, citrusy flavor.
Chocolate granola in a jar with a spoon.

Chocolate Granola

Katerina | Diethood
Make our homemade chocolate granola, a perfect blend of crunchy and sweet. It's great for a quick breakfast or a filling snack!
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 18
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon wheat germ
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits, optional
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven at 325˚F.
  • Line 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, add 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.

Notes

  • Stir the mixture occasionally while it’s baking to achieve an evenly browned, crisp texture.
  • If you prefer your granola on the crunchier side, let it bake a bit longer.
  • Once out of the oven, break up any large clumps while it’s still warm.
  • Store the granola in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.3 cup | Calories: 173 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 7 g | Sodium: 34 mg | Potassium: 100 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 13 g | Vitamin C: 0.1 mg | Calcium: 21 mg | Iron: 0.9 mg

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.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate granola, easy granola recipe, homemade granola
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60 comments on “Chocolate Granola”

  1. 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 - Diethood
      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.

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles

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

  3. 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.

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    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!!! 🙁

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    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 🙂

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    Natascha Kessler - Heaven On Hearth

    This really looks yummy! Will be trying this for my husband who loves granola.

  7. Yum! I love granola of any sort, but yours sounds especially good! Chocolate plus all of the delicious add ins :)!

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    MarmandeintheKitchen

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

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Your husband’s a smart guy 🙂 I’m making this granola asap! Congrats on the Top 9!

  10. 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.

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

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    Natalia - a side of simple

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

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    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!!

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    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. Katerina - Diethood
      Kate @ Diethood.com

      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!

  15. I’m like you, I love my granola and I have it a couple times a day. Glad to see your site is back up.

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    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.

  17. 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 🙂

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    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.
    -Gina-

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    Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    Did you say chocolate? I love it. I’m going to have to give this a try this weekend!

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    the constant hunger

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

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

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

  22. 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

  23. 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 :).

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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 🙂

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

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    Sandra@ Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Yum yum and some more yum! Look and sound soo delicious Kate! Nice photos too!

  29. 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!

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    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!

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    Malli's Mint and Mimosas

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

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    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 😉

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    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!

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    Fresh and Foodie

    Yummy! I love granola and of course chocolate granola is even better! Cute presentation, too.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

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

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    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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