Want a healthy excuse to eat chocolate in the morning? This Chocolate Granola recipe is easy to make and tastes so indulgent you won’t believe it’s actually good for you! How can you go wrong with spoonfuls of chocolate clusters, full of rolled oats, coconut, and chopped nuts?
It’s no big secret I have a sweet tooth. So why not have chocolate for breakfast? I could think of no better way to start the day.
Well, maybe being served room service and actually reading the newspaper uninterrupted. So, basically alone. I want to eat my granola alone.
But, alas, my mornings are peppered with four small humans needing things, like their own breakfast and reminders to not grow into a jerk.
Even if I have another 14 years before peaceful breakfasts become a reality (oy vey), there is an upside.
It’s not possible to grow into a jerk if your mother serves you chocolate granola for breakfast.
What to Eat with Chocolate Granola
Of course chocolate granola is the perfect addition to a bowl full of creamy yogurt, but here are some other ideas for ways to enjoy it.
- Drizzle ice cream with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and chocolate granola
- Mixed in cooked oatmeal for a crunchy twist
- Topping for smoothie bowls
- Mix with almond milk (cold or warmed) and fresh fruit
- Dip frozen bananas in melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle with granola
- Use it as a base for homemade granola bars
How to Store Homemade Granola
It’s great to always have homemade granola in the refrigerator for weekday mornings. Granola recipes such as this and Chewy Orange Spiced Granola are perfect because it makes enough to have extras to store.
I use glass airtight jars to store leftover granola in the refrigerator. It will last up to 6 weeks.
You can also freeze granola if you need to store it longer. Store in the freezer in glass jars or in gallon freezer bags.
If you plan on eating it within a week or two, simply store in the pantry in an airtight container.
Tip: Since this chocolate granola yields so much, I also use it for homemade gifts. Wrap it up in cute baggies to give away to teachers, friends, neighbors, or use for party gifts.
STEP BY STEP – How to Make Chocolate Granola
1. Mix oats, nuts, coconut, and sunflower seeds together.
2. Stir liquid ingredients together.
Tip: If coconut oil starts to harden, microwave liquid ingredients in 10-15 second intervals until everything is mixed and smooth.
3. Pour liquid ingredients into oat mixture bowl and stir to combine.
4. Bake granola. When it comes out of the oven immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips.
5. Once the chocolate is melted, stir the granola right in pan to make everything chocolate coated.
Tip: Wait for granola to cool completely before storing or adding any additional ingredients, such as coconut, chocolate chips, or dried fruit.
SAVE THIS CHOCOLATE GRANOLA TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARD!
Want a healthy excuse to eat chocolate in the morning? This Chocolate Granola recipe is easy to make and tastes so indulgent you won't believe it's actually good for you! How can you go wrong with spoonfuls of chocolate clusters, full of rolled oats, coconut, and chopped nuts?
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans and slivered almonds)
- 1 1/3 cup flake coconut, divided
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips, divided
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325ºF.
Combine and stir together oats, 1 cup coconut, nuts, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a separate small bowl combine brown sugar, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix well. TIP: If mixture starts to harden as coconut oil cools, or isn’t mixing smoothly, microwave for 15 second intervals until smooth.
Pour liquid ingredients over combined oat mixture. Stir to combine. Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring and tossing granola halfway through.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle 1 cup miniature chocolate chips over granola. Let chocolate sit on hot granola for a few minutes. Then, toss and stir directly in pan so granola becomes coated with chocolate.
Cool granola completely then add 1/3 cup additional chips and 1/3 cup additional coconut.
Adapted from Alton Brown
Store in airtight container in pantry for 2 weeks, in refrigerator up to 6 weeks, or freeze for 3 months.
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