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Chocolate Granola is gluten-free and nut-free. It’s a delicious and easy homemade treat you can add to yogurt, smoothies or ice cream. This recipe uses simple healthier ingredients and less sugar than the store-bought versions.
Save this recipe in your back pocket for any time you’ve got a chocolate craving. You can add it to yogurt, smoothie bowls, ice cream, use it as cereal, or eat on it’s own.
This also makes a lovely hostess gift. Just pour it into a nice jar for a thoughtful homemade gift.
Here’s what I like about this chocolate granola.
- It’s really easy to make. Like REALLY easy.
- It uses better-quality ingredients than the granola you’ll buy from the store.
- It uses natural sweeteners – including dark chocolate and maple syrup. Store-bought versions almost always use refined sugar including white sugar or cane sugar.
- It stores beautifully in the freezer. Just pop it into a large Ziploc bag, seal tightly, and this will last up to 3 months.
- Kids can eat it as a healthier treat.
Chocolate Granola Ingredients
This granola is loaded with a variety of superfoods. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats – Look for large flake old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Quick oats just won’t taste the same. (If you want this recipe to be gluten-free, make sure the oats you choose state that they’re gluten-free on the package)
- Seeds – This recipe uses hemp seeds, chia seeds, and ground flaxseed.
- Maple Syrup – To sweeten the granola you can use maple syrup or honey.
- Coconut Oil – Here’s a tip: If you don’t like the coconut taste, look for a refined coconut oil like this one. Refined coconut oil is made from the coconut meat that’s filtered and dried before pressing into the oil. It has a more neutral flavor.
- Dark Chocolate Chips – I prefer to use 70% dark chocolate chips as there’s less sugar added. You can also use sugar-free dark chocolate chips that are sweetened with stevia.
- Other Bits – You’ll also need salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
How To Make Chocolate Granola
- Dry Ingredients – First mix together the old fashioned rolled oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
- Wet Ingredients – Melt the coconut oil for 10 seconds in the microwave (if it isn’t already melted). Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour overtop of the oats and mix everything together.
- Bake – Spread the granola onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Add Chocolate – Remove the granola from the oven and spread the chocolate overtop of the oats. Let sit for 1 minute so the chocolate melts, then toss together. This will create the chocolate clusters.
Note: You can see full detailed instructions for this recipe at the bottom of this post. Just scroll down to see the full recipe card.
More Recipes Using Rolled Oats
Here are some more treat recipes using old-fashioned rolled oats as the base:
- Superfood Granola – The perfect homemade granola recipe loaded with beautiful ingredients. Make a big batch of this for snacks.
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies – These remind me of the classic cookies my mom used to make but with a healthier upgrade.
- Banana Cranberry Breakfast Cookies – One of the easiest grab-and-go recipes made with a variety of seeds, dried fruit and oats.
- Carrot Cake Bites – This recipe smells incredibly delicious and tastes just like real carrot cake!
- Banana Oatmeal Muffins – These are a great grab-and-go recipe for busy mornings.
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- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil - melted
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray (I used avocado oil spray).
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: old fashioned rolled oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, cinnamon and salt. Mix together.
- In a small bowl, add the coconut oil. Melt in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry granola. Mix until everything is evenly coated.
- Spread the granola evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove granola from the oven and sprinkle the dark chocolate on top. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to allow melting, then toss together. This will create granola clumps.
- Let cool completely before adding to an airtight container (you can add it to the freezer on the baking sheet to help speed up the process).