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This chocolate coconut granola recipe is easy, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! It’s perfectly crispy, crunchy, nutty, and loaded with dark chocolate chunks. The one bowl recipe is made with pantry staples like oats, nuts, and maple syrup. Once you learn how to make homemade granola, you’ll never use a store bought kind again.
One of my favorite combinations: coconut and chocolate! This chocolate coconut granola brings this beloved duo straight to breakfast time. It’s healthy and nourishing, but tastes like dessert!
This homemade granola is easy to make and a simple one bowl recipe. It’s made with pantry staples like rolled oats, maple syrup, coconut flakes, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate. You can also add your choice of mixed nuts, like almonds or pecans.
There are endless ways to enjoy this chocolate granola. Like cereal, you can scoop it by the spoonful with your choice of milk. Alternatively, sprinkle it on yogurt, smoothie bowls, chia pudding, oatmeal bowls, and more.
PS: If you love coconut and chocolate together, you’ll also enjoy these No-Bake Coconut Brownies and Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls.
This chocolate coconut granola is:
- Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free
- Crispy, crunchy, nutty, and sweet
- Loaded with rich chocolate flavor
- Easily customizable
- Low sugar compared to store bought granola
- Perfect for chocolate coconut lovers!
Chocolate coconut granola ingredients
- Oats: Oats are the main ingredient in granola. Be sure to use rolled oats instead of steel-cut or quick oats.
- Chopped nuts: Use any combination of chopped nuts. I recommend a mixture of almonds, pecans, and cashews.
- Coconut: We’ll use a combination of coconut flakes and shredded coconut.
- Cocoa powder: Cocoa creates a rich chocolate flavor. You can also use raw cacao powder for a healthier option.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is used to naturally sweeten the granola. Additionally, it acts as glue to help the oats and nuts stick together.
- Coconut oil: You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil. The refined version is flavorless and odorless, while the unrefined type has a strong coconut flavor.
- Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar brings extra sweetness, in case using maple syrup alone isn’t sweet enough for you. You can use as little as 1 tablespoon or up to 4 tablespoon depending on your preference.
- Dark chocolate: Add your favorite dark chocolate for chunks of real chocolate throughout.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds sweetness and balances the cocoa.
- Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the rich chocolate flavor.
How to make homemade chocolate coconut granola
For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, combine rolled oats, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Mix together.
Add maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix together until evenly combined.
Then, spread the granola across the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Note: The granola will firm up and become crunchy as it cools.
After, once the granola has cooled completely, add chopped dark chocolate. Stir together to combine.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Why is my homemade granola not crunchy?
In order to create crunchy granola, you must slowly bake it at a low temperature. If you bake it quickly at a high temperature, it will burn before the ingredients fully dry out.
Additionally, granola should be tossed/stirred halfway through the baking process. This ensures even baking throughout, which results in an overall crispy texture.
What makes granola stick together?
For this particular recipe, maple syrup helps the granola stick together. It acts as glue for the oats and nuts. Other common binding ingredients include honey, agave nectar, and even chia seeds. Learn more tips for how to make the most cluster-y granola.
How do you know when homemade granola is done?
You will know it’s done when the oats and nuts are fragrant and toasted golden brown. The granola will still feel slightly soft when you remove it from the oven, but don’t worry! It will become crispy and crunchy as it cools on the baking sheet.
Is granola good for you?
Yes, granola can be highly nutritious! Since granola is commonly made from oats, nuts, and seeds, it is often packed with all sorts of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. I recommend creating refined sugar-free granola by using real maple syrup instead of sugar.
What mixes good with granola?
Granola can be enjoyed on its own with milk, just like cereal! It is also great as a topping for yogurt, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, chia pudding, and more.
How to store homemade granola
After the granola has cooled completely, transfer it to a sealed jar or container. Store at room temperature. Enjoy within 1-2 weeks.
If you would like to store granola longterm, you can freeze it. Keep inside a sealed ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Chocolate Coconut Granola
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 5 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This chocolate coconut granola recipe is healthy, easy, vegan, and gluten-free! It’s crispy, crunchy, and loaded with dark chocolate chunks. The one bowl recipe is made with pantry staples like oats, almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, and cocoa. Learn how to make homemade granola with this simple recipe. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast! #granola #granolarecipe #coconut #chocolategranola #healthybreakfast #veganglutenfree #rolledoats #coconutoil #maplesyrup #oats #granolarecipes
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped raw nuts* (such as almonds, pecans, cashews)
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 3–4 tablespoon coconut sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil*
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chopped dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and salt. Mix together.
- Add maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix together until evenly combined.
- Spread granola across the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. The granola will firm up and become crunchy as it cools.
- Once the granola has cooled completely, add chopped dark chocolate. Stir together. Store inside a sealed container. Enjoy within 2 weeks.
- *Chopped nuts: Use any combination of chopped nuts. I recommend a mixture of raw almonds, pecans, and cashews.
- **Melted coconut oil: Use liquid coconut oil or melt coconut oil in the microwave before measuring.
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 190
- Sugar: 8g
- Fat: 12g
- Carbohydrates: 21g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 3g
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