This Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola is refined sugar-free and made with rolled oats, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. A chocolate lover's dream!
Why You'll Love This Easy, One Bowl Homemade Granola!
Here's 3 reasons why this healthy chocolate granola recipe is going to be your new best friend!
1. CHOCOLATE. Need I say more?! My fellow chocolate lovers are going to be very happy with the cocoa covered oats and chunks of high-quality dark chocolate.
2. Easy to make and lasts for weeks! Made a batch of this granola and you'll have a quick breakfast or sweet snack for days. It's so convenient to have homemade granola sitting in your pantry when you don't have the energy to bake or come up with a meal idea.
3. Save money! Store-bought granola can get pretty pricey and it goes so quickly! Old fashioned rolled oats are healthy and affordable, so why not make your own granola! Plus, you'll be able to control the ingredients and get exactly what you want when you make granola at home.
Enjoy This Healthy Dark Chocolate Treat
Chocolate makes us happy and when we're happy, we're healthy! So that makes chocolate healthy, right?! But truly, this chocolate chip granola recipe is good for you! Rolled oats and flax seed offer whole grains and fiber. Pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts provide healthy fats and nutrients. Even cocoa powder has various health benefits from their polyphenols (antioxidants).
To keep this healthy chocolate granola naturally sweetened, this recipe calls for honey and pure maple syrup. Check out the substitutions section at the bottom of this post to see how you can customize the ingredients to fit your diet preferences.
How To Make Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola:
First, preheat your oven to 325F. To a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chunks. Stir to combine. It's as simple as that!
Next, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the granola mixture between the two prepared baking sheets and spread into an even layer. This helps you get crisp granola with good clusters.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes until crisp. You can stir halfway through if you'd like, I usually don't remember to and it's fine either way. Also, I find that when I don't stir the granola as it bakes, I end up with bigger granola clusters which I love. Do not over-bake or the granola will burn and become bitter.
Finally, let your granola cool completely before adding the chocolate chunks. Store in an airtight container and serve with yogurt, fresh fruit, frozen raspberries or enjoy on its own.
Grab Your Favorite Mix-Ins!
I love to add nuts, seeds, chocolate and even dried fruit to my homemade granola recipes. Chopped dates are delicious in this peanut butter granola recipe.
Today, I'm mixing in pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas), Belgian dark chocolate chunks (I get mine at Aldi), walnuts and ground flaxseed.
Everything You'll Need
- Rolled Oats
- Oat Flour
- Ground Flax
- Cocoa Powder
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chopped Walnuts
- Melted Coconut Oil
- Dark Chocolate Chunks
Need to make a substitution?
Any chocolate will work in this recipe. Use your favorite chocolate chips, chunks or a chopped chocolate bar. I prefer dark chocolate, but semi-sweet would be good too.
To make this recipe gluten-free, simply use gluten-free rolled oats.
Although I haven't tested it, you could try substituting the honey for pure maple syrup to make this recipe vegan. Coconut sugar is another great healthy sweetener to try! Let me know if you make any changes and how it goes!
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes:
- Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding
- Healthy Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Oatmeal Banana Blender Waffles
- Amish Baked Oatmeal with Apples
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