Chocolate Granola

5 from 63 votes

This homemade Chocolate Granola is the perfect sweet treat made with rolled oats, flaxseeds, cocoa powder and sweet chunks of dark chocolate!

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Making homemade granola is as easy as mixing ingredients in a pan and baking them together. Adding chocolate to that homemade granola is a game changer when it comes to snacking. It’s a stunningly healthy way to energize at any time of the day or night with a homemade treat on its own or with yogurt.

Shallow bowl of homemade chocolate granola with fingers grabbing large chunk
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Ingredients to make the recipe

  • Rolled oats: With their high level of natural fiber that helps reduce cholesterol, rolled oats are the base of most granola recipes like this one. Opt for rolled or old fashioned instead of quick.
  • Flaxseeds: They are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and deliver an amazing amount of natural fiber ideal for improving digestion. They help bulk up the granola, add texture and nutrients. Don’t grind them. Keep the whole.
  • Chocolate and cocoa powder: This is where all the chocolate comes from. Opt for unsweetened cocoa powder and a chopped chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips for larger chunks and less sweetness.
  • Honey and vanilla extract: For sweetening the recipe, but feel free to swap it for agave syrup or maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil: Melt it and use it to combine the ingredients together so they get sticky and blend well.
  • Cinnamon and salt: For flavoring; you can add nutmeg, ginger, cardamom or other spices here instead of some or all of the cinnamon. But don’t skip the salt since it helps to round out the flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make chocolate granola

  • Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon to a bowl.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Add in the oats and flaxseeds.
  • Stir until well mixed.
4 image collage to show how to make the ingredients step-by-step in a large white bowl

Bake and fold the chocolate

  • Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake.
  • Add the chopped chocolate, stir and let cool.
3 image collage to show the steps for cooking the granola

Tips for making the recipe

  1. Make is sweeter by increasing the amount of honey in the recipe. The unsweetened coco powder can be very bitter for some. If you like things on the sweeter end of the granola spectrum, feel free to add 2-3 more tablespoons of the sweetener.
  2. Use dark or semi-sweet chocolate bar rather than chocolate chips. Chocolate chips contain a lot more sugar than a typical bar, which can alter the flavor of the granola. Just chop the bar into medium pieces (~ ½” or less).
  3. Add fruits to the granola recipe. I think the best fruits with the chocolate flavor are dried cranberries or tart dried cherries. If you’re adding dried fruit, I recommend adding ¾ cup at the same time as the chopped chocolate. You can also add ½ cup of coconut flakes if you prefer a chocolate and coconut combination.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it keep?

Once your granola has fully cooled, transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep well in the fridge for up to a month at room temperature.

How do you serve it?

I like to place some of the chocolate granola on top of some Greek yogurt for a quick easy and healthy breakfast, or pour over some milk to enjoy. Its also great to top muffins and other baked goods to add a layer of texture. It’s also a great on the go snack!

Is it vegan?

I make my granola with honey, so it isn’t truly vegan, but you can easily swap this for maple syrup or stevia to make this totally plant based.

Jar canister of chocolate granola with wooden spoon on side with granola on it

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Chocolate Granola

This homemade Chocolate Granola is the perfect sweet treat made with rolled oats, flaxseeds, cocoa powder and sweet chunks of dark chocolate!
5 from 63 votes
Servings 15 servings
Course Snack
Calories 240
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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  • Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir until a smooth paste forms.
  • Fold in the oats and flaxseeds. Mix until all the chocolate paste is well distributed and coats all the oats.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, stirring once at about 30 minutes in to redistribute the oats.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the top. Stir slightly (just a couple of swirls) to form some clusters.
  • Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes about 6 cups.


Storage: Store the cut granola in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep well for up to a month.


Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 187mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 13g, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Snack
5 from 63 votes (45 ratings without comment)

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  1. Salma says:

    I made this Chocolate Granola with Oath, Maple Roasted Almonds overnight oats. It turned out absolutely delicious! Wow, so much goodness!

  2. Alicia says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I tried this and LOVED it! It was just the snack (or yogurt topper) that I needed to feel like I was having a treat, but still being healthy! Truly, thank you for this!

    1. Yumna says:

      Yay! So glad you liked it!

  3. Suraya s says:

    Loved it but not sure why around 20 mins they started to get a bit burnt
    I used 1/4 cup coconut oil and the remaining sunflower oil, 180 degree Celsius oven
    Any idea why this might have happened ?
    I love your recipes 💕

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much! I am not sure why they would have started to burn, you can try lowering the oven temp next time for a slower roast.

  4. Nita Rugova says:

    Great recipe
    Thank you

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Aww, you’re so welcome!

  5. Leticia says:

    The yummiest granola recipe!! 🥰

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yay! So glad to hear it!!

  6. Shyamala says:

    Wonderful recipe.. thank you

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      You’re so welcome!

  7. Blackbird says:

    This is just wow… Affordable and easy… Thankyou abd lot of love from Pakistan 💚💞🇵🇰

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you!!!

  8. Abdulla says:

    After many tries and errors, I can finally say I made the chocolate granola following this recipe! Thank you Yumna, the recipe is just perfect!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay!! You’re welcome!

  9. Leyla says:

    Can we use maple syrup instead of honey ??

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yes, you can!

    2. Sandra says:

      Hi there! So I’m learning how to count macros and I came across this granola. I’ve made it this weekend and it is amazing!! There’s a perfect sweetness to it. I was reading the calories and the servings but I’m not sure what the 240 cal consist of. What’s the serving size for the 240 cal?

      1. Yumna J. says:

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it that much! The nutrition info is for one of the fifteen servings. I recommend weighing the final product and then dividing it by 15 to get a serving.

  10. Emily says:

    Can I substitute flaxseeds with chia seeds?

    1. Yumna J. says:

      You could, but it would change the texture. If you decide to do that, I also recommend adding more oats, so you don’t have to add as many chia seeds.

  11. Maria says:

    These were so simple to make with clean ingredients. I added chia seeds ,cranberries and pumpkin seeds to mine and they turned out great!

  12. Zoey says:

    This is an amazing recipe for chocolately granola! I would suggest using refined coconut oil so it doesn’t taste too much of coconut but if you love coconut go for unrefined! I also used gf oats and cacao powder with an extra TBS of honey for added sweetness.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear it!

  13. Timi says:

    Super recepie, very-very yummiiiii!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay! Thank you so much!

  14. Yasmine says:

    Tried this granola recipe for breakfast this morning! It was quick, easy & delicious! 😋

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much!

  15. Nadia says:


    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you!

  16. Faris says:

    It was really nice recipe to try, and you can make it weekly with so much different ways to keep your diet easy and delicious

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yes, you definitely can!

  17. Amanpreet says:

    Hello Yumna , i have trying to find the no bake oatmeal energy ball? Cant find the recipe:(

  18. Laura Marin says:

    I’ve made this more than five times already and my family really likes it. I’m making it again soon.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      That’s amazing! I’m so happy to hear it!

  19. Nausheen says:

    Can I make it into bars? What would I need to change ? Thanks!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I probably wouldn’t recommend making these into bars because they will turn out pretty crunchy. I think you’d almost be better off placing the uncooked mixture on a baking sheet, cutting it into bars, and serving (without baking).

  20. Paige says:

    this is honestly the best granola I’ve ever had!!!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Aww, thank you so much!

  21. Feeby says:

    I’m OBSESSED with this granola!!!! Good luck trying not to eat it all in one sitting… 🤣🤣🤣 It’s amazing on everything… Yogurt… Tossed some in my smoothie this morning… Trust me it’s so good… U can have it in oatmeal or just eat it mindlessly bc you can 😅😁
    I made a cauliflower Rice pudding and it was to die for on it.
    Thank you Yumna for such amazing recipes. This is definitely a favorite and will be on repeat in this house. ❤️

    1. Yumna J. says:

      It’s definitely a challenge! That sounds so good! Thank you so much!

  22. Claire says:

    This granola is a GAME CHANGER!!! Can’t stop snacking on it, so good!!!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      It’s definitely addicting! Thank you!

  23. beckandbulow says:

    wow yummy


    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you!!!