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This chocolate granola clusters recipe is healthy and heavenly! Think of a hearty and satisfying granola mixed with your favorite childhood chocolate cereal and this is what you’ll get! This breakfast is sweet and flavorful with a deep chocolate flavor along with hints of vanilla and coconut. You’ll love this addicting granola on everything from smoothie bowls to cereal bowls to ice cream or alone for a quick snack.
If you’re looking for a rich breakfast to meal prep or just a healthy snack with chocolate then, look no further and try this out. I hope you enjoy the recipe and please, leave a comment below if you make it.
This chocolate granola is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, nut free and refined sugar free.
More Homemade Granola Recipes
If you’d like some other granola recipes as well, don’t hesitate to check out some of these ones below!
- Nut Free & Seed Free Granola Recipe (Vegan).
- Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe (Vegan).
- The Best Ever Granola Clusters (Vegan).
Chocolate Granola Clusters Ingredients:
Rolled oats: This is the main ingredient in this granola recipe. Make sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats if you want to keep this recipe gluten-free.
Pumpkin seeds: Adding some seeds can add extra crunch, flavor and healthy fats too. You can replace this seed with any other seed or nut if you like!
Sunflower seeds: This seed can also be switched out for any other seed or nut you enjoy.
Cacao powder or cocoa powder: Either one will work in this case but be aware that cacao powder is slightly more bitter than cocoa powder is.
Shredded coconut: This adds another texture to the granola and the coconut flavor pairs so well with the chocolate.
Sea salt: You can use less of this ingredient or leave it out completely if you prefer.
Vanilla extract: A little vanilla goes such a long way to create a beautiful sweet flavor.
Coconut oil: I love the way coconut oil tastes with the chocolate in this granola. If you like, you can use avocado oil for a more neutral flavor.
Maple syrup: This unrefined sweetener is rich and earthy. If you want, you can try using honey for a non-vegan option but be aware it can brown more quickly while baking.
Chocolate chips: This ingredient is, of course, completely optional but it adds some more chocolate goodness. Use dairy free and vegan chocolate chips to keep this recipe vegan.
Homemade Chocolate Granola Tips:
- Make this granola is one bowl for an easy cleanup. Just combine the dry ingredients then, add in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla right into that same bowl and mix!
- Both the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds can be replaced with any seed or nut, as well as any other mix in you want. You could try using something like dried fruit such as banana chips or dried strawberries.
- If you prefer a granola with more clusters, don’t turn while baking. After removing the granola from the oven, wait until it has completely cooled and break up into clusters using your hands.
- If you enjoy a granola that has little to no clusters, then stir once throughout baking time and stir directly after removing the sheet from the oven.
- Use as many chocolate chips as you want in this granola. I just sprinkle some on top of the sheet of granola until it feels right.
- Adding your chocolate chips once the granola has baked and cooled will keep them from melting. You can add them before it’s cooled completely but you might have some melt.
- Easily double this recipe and make two sheets of granola so you have extra breakfast or snacks on hand.
- Serve this granola in a bowl with smoothies, milk or yogurt. You can also take some as a snack on-the-go for whenever you need a quick bite.
Chocolate Granola Healthy Recipe:
Keyword: Chocolate granola
Author: Adrianne from Bananasaboutlife.com
- 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or use another seed)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or sub any other seed)
- 1/3 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temperature)
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- chocolate chips (optional)(as much as you want)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with some unbleached parchment paper for later.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cacao powder, shredded coconut and sea salt).
- After the dry ingredients have been mixed well, add vanilla extract, coconut oil and maple syrup. Stir until everything is mixed well then, transfer the mixture to your lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges turn a bit crispy (I don’t stir the granola at all during the baking time). After baking, let the granola cool completely (DON’T STIR if you want clusters) then, break it up with your hands (this will create those amazing clusters that you want). Now, sprinkle your chocolate chips all over the granola and use as much or as little as you like.
- Transfer the granola to an airtight container for storage. Serve with coconut milk, yogurt, on smoothie bowls or enjoy alone as a snack!
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Arguably, the best breakfast recipes are the make-ahead batch recipes you can have ready at all times when you need something fast. So, here are a handful of my favorite breakfast recipes that you can make ahead of time in order to have healthy breakfast ready all week long.
- Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies (Vegan + Gluten Free).
- Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free).
- Gluten Free Banana Muffins (Grain Free + Dairy Free).
- Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free).
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