The best healthy dark chocolate granola. Chocolate for breakfast? This chocolate granola recipe is super-easy to make, super crunchy, and soooo chocolateylicious. No wonder it’s the best chocolate granola and it’s gluten-free, too!
But wait, chocolatelicious? My dictionary can’t even pick up that word but if I may say in my own word, it simply means chocolatey and delicious combined into one.
We had a fun and relaxing labor day weekend getaway and spent some time outdoor. The weather was hot as in 110F hot but the view was amazing.
And this one. Well, obviously it was not 110F when we got into the cavern so it was cool inside.
However, the 3.5 hours road trip turned into slightly 6 hours since we had to charge our car twice and the charging station was packed. At one station, our car was number 8 in-line to get charged. But we made it home…with 2 miles left. Nerve-wracking!
So what did we do while sitting in the car for 6 hours? We snacked! Remember this easy-to-pack road trip snacks I shared a while ago? We took some of them and this granola. This is the best dark chocolate granola – so good and healthy, though it comes with a handful of ingredients, such as:
- old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
- quinoa, uncooked
- coconut flakes/chips
- nuts or seeds (I used a combination of sunflower, hemp, and pumpkin seeds)
- flaxseed meal
- coconut oil
- maple syrup (or date syrup) to replace brown sugar
- nut or seed or peanut butter (or tahini)
- cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
- salt (or sea salt)
- … and more chocolate chips
Nothing crazy, nothing you can’t pronounce… just simple, wholesome ingredients.
How to make granola?
Granola, while boring to some, is actually one of my favorite things to munch on. The best part about homemade granola is that you can control what you put in and how much you put in! So, this recipe is not only healthy, but you can also add in some dried fruits to the mix. All you need is a bowl to combine all the ingredients on a cookie sheet with parchment paper then roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes at 285F.
What is the best way to enjoy granola?
You can turn this into granola bars by adding more maple syrup so all dry ingredients stick together. Or you can enjoy this to replace your morning cereal with a bowl of milk.
What I like about this dark chocolate granola recipe:
- Easy to make
- Quick preparation
- Ingredients can be altered so it can be nut-free
- Healthy & filling option for breakfast and snacks
- Perfectly sweet
- Crunchy with chocolate-infused
Looking for more easy snack recipes?
- Chocolate Avocado Truffles – chocolate avocado truffles make for a keto-friendly treat that is worth sharing! Guilt-free and packed with incredible flavors, these are the ultimate indulgence that won’t destroy your diet.
- Crispy Snack Edamame – you know those addictive foods that, once you start eating, you can’t get yourself to quit?
- Homemade Sweet Potato Chips – warm, fresh sweet potato chips.
The Best Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola
- 3.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats uncooked
- 1/2 cup quinoa uncooked
- 1 cup coconut flakes/ chips
- 1 cup nuts or seeds a combination of sunflower, hemp, and pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or date syrup
- 3 tablespoons nut or seed or peanut butter or tahini
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/3 cup chocolate chip optional
- Preheat the oven to 285F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients: oats, quinoa, coconut, seeds/ nuts, and flaxseed. Stir to combine.
- Melt oil in a saucepan over low heat. Once completely melted, add in syrup and nut butter. Stir well. Remove from the heat. Stir in cocoa powder and vanilla, then add salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients over dry ingredients, and stir until well-mixed.
- Spread mixture on lined cookie sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, turning sheet halfway through cook time. Do not stir.
- Remove cookie sheet from the oven and allow granola to cool on the sheet. If using chocolate chips, add when granola is cool and give it a stir. Transfer to an airtight container. Keep for 2 weeks at room temperature.