Recipes

November 9, 2020

Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe

Chocolate granola with fruit and yogurt

This healthy chocolate granola recipe is one to bookmark right now! I have made it over and over again because I just can’t get enough of it.

Granola is one of those foods that is so easy to make and healthier than most store bought varieties. You can mix up the ingredients in one-bowl and have it ready by the time the oven preheats! It is great to keep around the house for quick breakfasts and snacks anytime. I like to make a big batch of granola whenever we are running low so it will last for a week or two. This is a great recipe for that because it doesn’t even need to be doubled.

I have a few different granola recipes that I really like. You can find the pumpkin granola recipe in my free 5-day reset here.

This healthy chocolate granola recipe is crunchy, flavorful, and not too sweet. You can try putting this chocolate granola on a smoothie bowl or plain greek yogurt for a quick and simple breakfast or use it as a topping on some ice cream for dessert! It’s great to satisfy your sweet tooth by getting that chocolaty flavor without the added sugar and fat from processed sugar.

What are Cacao Nibs?

Cacao nibs are simply crushed cacao beans. Chocolate chips are when the beans are processed with cacao butter and sugar but the nibs are the raw bean of the cacao pod. They are not processed so you can expect them to taste chocolatey but less sweet and slightly bitter along with a crunchy texture rather than melting in your mouth, perfect for extra crunchy granola.

The cacao nibs are actually nutritious as they are low in sugar and high in magnesium, manganese, fiber and antioxidants.

Where can I find cacao nibs?

If you live in the US you can find cacao nibs at most health food stores, Whole Foods Market or online. If you live in the Philippines they are easy to find at farmers markets as well. Although they are optional in this recipe I highly recommend them if you can find them.

Chocolate granola

Yogurt bowls with chocolate granola and fruit

Healthy granola on greek yogurt with fruit

Greek yogurt with fruit and chocolate granola

 

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The great thing about this recipe, and most other granola recipes is that it is highly adaptable. If you don’t have all of the ingredients don’t worry. Here are some possible substitutions :

Use any nuts or seeds you have on hand like walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, or pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds if you are allergic to nuts.

If you don’t have chia seeds just double the amount of flaxseed or flax meal and vise versa.

Coconut oil can be replaced with olive oil, walnut oil, or vegetable oil.

Coconut flakes can be replaced with unsweetened shredded coconut it just wont be quite as crunchy in texture.

Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe:

3 cups rolled oats

2 cups chopped nuts or seeds

1 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup raw cacao powder

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)

1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional)

WET Ingredients

1/2 -3/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a spatula.
  4. In a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat, spread granola evenly.
  5. Bake granola for 25-40 minutes, mixing with a spatula every 10-15 minutes.

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