Chocolate Granola


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the best healthy chocolate granola recipe- Vegan and 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! 

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

Chocolate Granola

5 from 3 votes
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!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes



  • 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: 1servingCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 8gFat: 7gPotassium: 3mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.5mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 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.

  2. Mmm this looks awesome! I love almond butter or soy nut butter and chocolate together!

    I probably would have been known for my turkey sandwiches. I ate them pretty much every day from grade 4 til grade 12 haha.

    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.

  3. 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…)

    1. Twice a day? That’s inspirational. I remember playing swapsies for the good stuff with naive little kids.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

    1. I was shocked when I got clif bars in America- I thought they were all natural but they were quite processed! But delicious…Very delicious.

  7. 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 🙂

    1. Thanks Christina- I’ve never tried a Vega bar but must admit, their vanilla shake is pretty epic in oatmeal.

  8. 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!

    1. Australia just brought out a range of chocolate and peanut butter ones….the proportion of peanut butter to oats was like 1:100000000000000.

  9. 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!

  10. I am known for my balls OBVIOUSLY. How am I supposed to trust that this is the best granola. Who is giving you advice on these ridiculous SEO-friendly names? She must be a whore…

  11. 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.

  12. I think I might actually be granola bar girl…I currently have one in my purse and another in my desk. Any granola with chocolate sounds delicious to me!

  13. Wooowza all you needed to say was dark chocolate and you had me, but then you said granola and now I’m wishing I wasn’t on a cleanse this week. This looks like crack!

  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. Obviously I’m known for crackers and hummus…more like eating it, not making it. Considering dark chocolate is my second favorite food (we know the first), this is being made ASAP. Drool!