The easiest and tastiest Chocolate Granola you have ever tried! This delicious breakfast or snack requires only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time.
Is chocolate granola healthy?
The answer is it depends.
This Chocolate Granola is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. The overall sugar content, however, varies a lot depending on the type of chocolate you choose to add at the end.
The darker the chocolate, the less sugar, and the less sugar, the healthier the granola. I love mixing dark chocolate and white chocolate. You achieve the lowest sugar content with unsweetened dark chocolate.
If you are concerned about your fat intake and/or calories you can reduce the amount of butter all the way down to 1/3 of a cup. I do not recommend using any less than 1/3 of a cup. Granola needs a mix of butter and sweetener to stick together and form the clusters we all love in granola.
How to make chocolate granola
So the base recipe for pretty much any granola is
- 2.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- 2/3 cup sticky liquid (a mix of fat that solidifies at room temperature, such as butter or coconut oil, mixed with any sweetener of choice, such as honey, maple syrup or dissolved sugar)
To make chocolate granola you have to bring cacao powder into the equation and increase the sticky liquid ratio to account for the extra dry ingredient.
I like adding dutch-processed cacao as it’s less bitter. On top, I love adding chunks of chocolate once the granola cooled down to give it an additional chocolaty flavor.
Other than that the granola doesn’t necessarily “need” anything else but this is where you can get creative. Add a cup of your favorite “special” ingredients. My favorite is either one of these or a mix of several:
- Sliced almonds
- Chopped pecans
- Chopped cashews
- Sunflower seeds
- Chopped peanuts
- Chopped macadamia nuts
- Halved hazelnuts
- Popped Amaranth
How to store granola
The best way to store any kind of granola is in an air-tight container at room temperature, preferably in a dry dark place such as a cupboard or pantry.
I like using a canning jar with a metal clamp. I feel it keeps my granola the freshest longest.
6-Ingredient Chocolate Granola
- 2.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour - see notes on how to make your own
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dutch-processed or raw cacao
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3.5 oz chocolate - dark, milk, white or a mix of all
- Preheat oven to 300 F (150°C).
- In a small saucepan melt butter over very low heat. Once barely melted remove from heat and whisk until fully melted.
- Add maple syrup to butter and whisk until very well combined and smooth in consistency.
- Add oats, oat flour, sliced almonds, and cacao to a big bowl and stir.
- Add butter-syrup mix to dry ingredients and combine with a spoon until all dry ingredients are wet.
- Spread out evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (important!) and pop in the oven for 25 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and stir well, then return into the oven for another 20 minutes.
- Take out and let cool down completely before touching (minimum 30 mins).
- Chop chocolate into chunks and add to granola.