Healthy Chocolate Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy dark chocolate granola is made with peanut butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup, and the perfect breakfast or snack to enjoy anytime! Quick, easy and 100% vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free! the best healthy chocolate granola recipe- Vegan and gluten free


We love our oatmeal-based snacks on here, including flourless oatmeal cookies, no-bake oatmeal cookiesand this chocolate granola- It truly is the best!

Made with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, peanut butter, maple syrup and loaded with nuts and seeds, this dark chocolate granola will be a staple in your kitchen! 

What is granola?

Granola is a popular breakfast cereal or snack, made up of rolled oats, nuts, seeds and sweetened by several means.

Most store-bought granola is often made with oil, butter and several forms of sugar, and could be classified as more of a dessert than breakfast or a snack.

In some countries, granola can be referred to as muesli. 

Granola is often enjoyed with milk for breakfast, over yogurt or made into a parfait. 

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Is granola good for you? 

Depending on the brand of granola you buy of the kind you make, granola can be a healthy choice when it comes to food.

Unfortunately, many brands are full of unhealthy fats, sugars and are loaded with calories! 

My granola, however, is quite the opposite. It’s made with healthy ingredients, 100% refined sugar-free and full of protein and healthy fats. 

Does granola have gluten?

Unless your granola uses certified gluten-free rolled oats or made without wheat, granola tends to contain gluten.

My homemade version uses certified gluten-free rolled oats, along with other gluten-free ingredients, making it 100% gluten-free. 

How to make homemade chocolate granola 

Making this healthy chocolate granola is super simple, and takes less than 5 minutes prep! 

  • Firstly, you will preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your rolled oats, quick oats, salt and nuts of choice. Set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter with maple syrup. Heat until warm and melted. Whisk together, until fully incorporated.
  • Then, you’ll combine your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Mix very well, until combined.
  • You’ll then transfer the granola on the lined pan and spread out on an even layer. Place the granola mixture in the oven.
  • Allow the granola to cook for 10-12 minutes until the edges have started to go golden brown. Remove the granola from the oven and gently stir it, using a rubber spatula. Top with chocolate chips and mix very well. Place back into the oven.
  • Continue to bake the granola for another 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely. 

Storing Granola

Store granola in a sealed container or covered completely. It will keep fresh for up to 2 months. 

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What to serve with this healthy chocolate granola 

Easy homemade healthy chocolate granola recipe

The Best Healthy Chocolate Granola

This healthy dark chocolate granola is made with peanut butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup, and the perfect breakfast or snack to enjoy anytime! Quick, easy and 100% vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Arman



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quick oats, salt and nuts of choice.
  • In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter with the maple syrup until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  • 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 the chocolate chips. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  • 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.


Constantly keep an eye on your oven temperature throughout, as the granola can burn 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.
Store granola in a sealed container. It will keep for up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.5mg | NET CARBS: 14g
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Best healthy chocolate granola recipe

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90 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  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.

  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. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 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…

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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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