The Best Dark Chocolate Granola

There are some snacks that you associate with friends.

The friend who had the best sandwiches. The friend whose parents bought them roll ups and tiny teddies. The friend who received $5 to spend on junk at the cafeteria. I think we ALL had that one friend who had a granola bar. Right?


One of my closest friends, Lauren, was said friend. I remember during high school she would always have a granola bar packed with her lunch and even through university- I still recall our bus commute home (FUN FACT- we were neighbours too- AND she moved up to Sydney just before I did….I swear I’m not stalking her) in the afternoon, she would often snack on one of these granola bars.

The conversation topics we shared were often way more liberating that granola bars, but it did come up in conversation before. Which was better? The fruit ones? The yogurt covered ones? Nope. To Lauren (and myself), it was always the one with some form of chocolate in it. Always.


It was her birthday a few weeks ago (a week before mine…NO I AM NOT STALKING HER) and in her honour, I made her The Best Dark Chocolate Granola. When I say ‘The best’, I mean it. I would never make Lauren mediocre or subpar granola- she is a granola bar connoisseur after all.

Another fun fact? Lauren recently went to Costco and got a Costco sized box of granola bars. FRUIT filled granola bars. Pity she was impatient.

The Best Dark Chocolate Granola


The Best Dark Chocolate Granola
The best tasting dark chocolate granola which is delicious in taste and healthy to boot!
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  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 1 cup quick oats
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 cup nuts of choice (I used salted peanuts)
  5. 3/4 cup natural nut butter of choice (I used Mayver's Dark Chocolate Super Spread)
  6. 3/4 cup honey
  7. 1 standard block (100 grams) of Lindt Excellence Dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Lindt 85%)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Line a large oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quick oats, salt and nuts of choice.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the nut butter of choice with the honey until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread out the granola mixture evenly on the lined oven tray and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on the oven) until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove from the oven and stir through several tablespoons of the chopped chocolate. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir through remaining chocolate and allow to cool completely. Once cooked, break up the granola and store in an airtight container.
  1. Constantly keep an eye on your oven temperature throughout- my first couple of batches burnt very quickly. The use of rolled oats and quick oats provided a more loose granola. To have more cluster like granola, use strictly rolled oats.
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Friends, can you believe we are coming up to our 30th week of Spill it, Sundays? In all this time, I’ve loved getting to know bloggers outside of the typical HLB stream, and being introduced to new blogs! For a fun twist for this Sunday, instead of a guest blogger hosting, we take on a little survey I came across- ‘The Lasts’….. Enjoy and join in the Spill it, Sundays fun!

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90 thoughts on “The Best Dark Chocolate Granola

  1. I just made granola for the first time last week. I can’t believe I’ve never done it before. It’s so easy and simple! I would have never thought about putting Mayver’s in it, so I may have to try that out next time!

  2. Haha I’m definitely that girl who always has a granola bar lurking in her handbag…you never know when they’ll come in handy! Any recipe involving nut butter and dark chocolate has potential to be the best, so I am taking your word buddy! Lately I’ve been loving those store-packaged bags of popcorn…the sweet & salty flavor is especially addictive!

  3. Chocolate granola ftw! Bear Naked makes a chocolate granola that I was OBSESSED with. Sadly for me, like yours it had honey so it had to go after my fructmal diagnosis. Happily for me, thanks to you I now have a recipe so I can make my own and sub a tummy-friendly sweetener. Winning!

  4. Hhahah you are a stalker for sure. Also I have a granola recipe that I’ve delayed posting because I’m not obsessed with the pics but the recipe is pretty similar to yours so please don’t think I am stalking you. <<felt the need to provide a disclaimer! Although in my defense and yours, I think most granola recipes are fairly similar.

    1. I wish I had turkey sandwiches every day! Ironically, my mum would make almond butter and nutella sandwiches and I’d be like ewww. Her mindset? Nutella needed the AB to offset the sweetness.

  5. I’m pretty sure it’s been a few years since I made granola…but I did always make chocolate and peanut butter 😉 Can’t beat that flavour combo!
    I feel like in elementary school, I would have been known for chocolate pudding cups (every damn day) and when I was older, chocolate-covered granola bars (usually twice a day…)

  6. hahaha, you sure you’re not stalking her all through life? 😛 Thanks for sharing the recipe! I am somewhat of a granola fiend, but had to vow not to make my own until I finish the frightening stores I have first (waste not, har har).

    I was known as the apple girl! I was a science camp counselor for a while, so we taught the kids to eat the cores to lessen the waste and join the hardcore club (heh heh heh). I had friends who later admitted to watching me eating apples, looking away for a moment and wondering how it was that when they turned back, there’d be no evidence of it left.

    I like this Spill It, Sundays thing! 😀 May join up on it this weekend!

  7. I’m with Lauren — granola NEEDS to have chocolate in it. So does trail mix. And oatmeal. And cookies. And cake. And… well… pretty much everything 😛 Ice cream too, but only if we’re talking chips or chunks — chocolate ice cream is a cruel imposter. As for what shack I was known for… in school it was Skittles. I had one of those red baggies with me almost every day, so I guess people got used to seeing me with one. Then came a day where I ate too many of them in one sitting, made myself sick, and went cold turkey for a few years.

    1. Chocolate ice cream is an insult- INSULT. Hear this- the best gelato I ever had in Italy was Sachertorte- Which was a German Dark chocolate cake and it legit had cake pieces in it. THAT was not an insult.

      Skittles? More reason for Niki to love you.

  8. Chocolate granola sounds amazing! I love making my own! It’s so easy and at least you know exactly what is going into it. And, I love that hint of chocolate – you can never go wrong there!

  9. I can’t say I’m known for any specific snack other than I always have one haha. I like to try all the granola bars in the organic section at my local grocery store but I’d have to say Clif Bars are always going to be my first love. I will try anything as long as it has natural ingradients and is minimally processed, but Clif Bars were my first love and I will never whore myself out to another brand :-X

  10. I was always the granola bar friend! I didn’t have much experience with other kids in “real school” (home-schooler since forever) but at all dance recitals you could count on me to bring along some kind of granola or meal bar.
    My favorite store bought snack bar is Luna (carrot cake is my #1; lemon zest takes a close second).

  11. I can’t even remember the last time I had a granola bar, but I would definitely be down for one with chocolate AND peanut butter. Nom!

  12. What snack would I be known for? Do I need to answer that question? 😉 I have tried making homemade bars a couple of times, and mine just fall apart, I should just stop trying to make granola bars and stick with plain granola! Great idea!

  13. No surprise here that the best granola bars were the ones with chocolate in them. I mean, everything is better with chocolate, right ;)?
    This looks great! I love granola on everything. Oatmeal, yogurt bowls, the list goes on and on.

  14. Granola Bars!! I am so jealous of you guys who actually can buy good granola bars. The ones here are filled with crab – a no go.
    BUT my genius kangaroo made a granola recipe that calls my name – how much more do I love you because you added LINDT chocolate!! . Now you just have to send over 64378267832 jars of that Dark Chocolate Super Spread. Geeeeez, I want to lick my screen. Stop making these recipes or you will have to take over the task and cleaning my Laptop.

    1. Um….our granola bars are terrible- wait until you come. Actually, I’m probably digging a hole now and when you come, they will be magical.

      I MAY have a cheeky giveaway soon involving them!

  15. I was always SO envious of the kids who had Dunkaroos (little animal cracker things that came with a bit of frosting to dip) or Fruit by the Foot snacks in school. My mom packed me healthy snacks. >:( Just kidding, I’m actually thankful for that now.

    1. DUNKAROOS are in America? I thought it was an Australian thing- they were like crack, and I may or may not have gone through a box of them as a kid…throwing away the stupid kangaroos to just eat the frosting.

      1. Haha yup, typical kid thing to do – we all did that! I haven’t seen them around in awhile, though I haven’t necessarily looked. Next time I hit the store…

    1. LOL- Alison!!!! I am not kidding you, but my business calc snack in America was those Chewy bars too- (I think-) Did they come in a box with chocolate chip and a peanut butter style one? By Quackers? YES? YES?

  16. This granola looks UNREAL. Anything with chocolate is a big winer in my books!!! I always had healthy snacks as a kid and was so jealous of people whose parents packed them candy and cookies for snacks.

    Vega snack bars are my current fav at the moment 🙂

  17. What a great time to start that fuckin whole30! This will be one of the first things to make next month!
    Btw I was that granola bar girl among my friends 😉 I loved the chewy ones with chocolate on it!

  18. You are becoming a granola making master, and I love it. Next up on my list (once I perfect the Coconut Lime Pineapple) is a savory granola.
    I don’t know if I was known for always having a food on hand, but I do remember my one friend always had Spaghetti-O’s and I would associate her with them. I loved them and wanted to eat at her house all the time as a result.

  19. You just made my day. YUM! I love me some granola. I think granola is my favorite thing everrrr. I always had granola bars with me when I was in school.

  20. I’ve never been a huge fan of granola bars… but I LOVE granola!!! And dark chocolate granola sounds amazing! Can you just send me a batch please 🙂 is it sad that I have no idea what my favorite snack was…. I do really love the Honey Mustard and Onion pretzel pieces! NOM NOM

  21. Okay why am I just now catching up on blog reading? I made granola last night (but it turned out beautifully so I just have to photograph for the blog :)) but would have LOVED the best dark chocolate granola because let’s get real, how can anything without chocolate not be good? Also, love the idea of mixing rolled & quick oats for texture!!

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