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This easy homemade chocolate granola recipe features old-fashioned rolled oats, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla for a delicious way to start your day.

It’s one of my favorite ways to eat your whole grains because, let’s face it, chocolate makes everything better—even breakfast! (And I won’t tell if you decide to slurp that chocolate milk left in your bowl. I do.).

Chocolate Granola Recipe Tips

Stirring affects the texture. The more often you stir, the flakier your granola will be. For larger clusters, stir it less often.

You can make several ingredient swaps to lower calories and make this homemade granola even healthier.

  • Substituting for brown sugar: use an equal amount of coconut sugar or brown sugar Swerve.
  • Substituting for coconut oil: any neutral-flavored oil or an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce.
  • Substituting for honey: an equal amount of maple syrup.
  • Substituting for white sugar: stevia or more brown sugar.

Serving Suggestions

If you’re not big on cereal for breakfast, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Homemade Chocolate Granola. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Granola parfait: Layered homemade chocolate granola with Greek yogurt and berries for a fruit parfait.
  • Granola balls: Combine 2 cups of homemade chocolate granola with 4 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of honey, then roll it into balls for a healthy snack.
  • Trail mix: Mix with dried fruit (banana chips, dried apricots, and coconut flakes), nuts (peanuts or pecans), and pumpkin seeds for trail mix.
  • Ice cream topper: Sprinkled over ice cream for a bit of crunch.
  • Frozen Banana popsicle: Stick a skewer or popsicle stick lengthwise through a banana, drizzle it in chocolate sauce, and roll it in Homemade Chocolate Granola, then freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Smoothie filler: Add a handful to your smoothie ingredients before blending to increase the fiber and add a chocolate flavor.
  • Popcorn substitute: Eat it by the handful instead of popcorn while watching Netflix.
Homemade Chocolate Granola in a bowl

Homemade Chocolate Granola

A simple homemade granola recipe full of whole grains and rich chocolate flavor for a delicious start to your day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Katie Berry
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, easy, healthy


  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Air-tight cereal storage container
  • Parchment paper - or cooking spray for the pan


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats not instant or steel-cut
  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly packed (can substitue equal amount of coconut sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • cup coconut oil melted (can substitute equal amount of applesauce to reduce the calories and fat content)
  • ¼ cup honey or equal amount of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar can use stevia to reduce calories
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300°F/ 150°C / gas mark 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or generously coat it with cooking spray.
  • Mix oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa powder together in a large bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl, stir the honey, sugar, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil together.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir thoroughly to coat the oats.
  • Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 300°F stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Store in a large, air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Serve in a bowl with your favorite type of milk. Add additional toppings like fresh or dried fruit, shredded coconut, or nuts if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Mariette's Back to Basics says:

    5 stars
    Dearest Katie,
    That looks like a very clever recipe. May I ask you what coconut sugar is? I’ve never heard of it and might want to know more…
    Hugs to you,

  2. Katie Berry says:

    Thank you, Mariette! It’s a sugar made by ‘tapping’ the flowers of coconut trees, which is then boiled down. It’s primarily sucrose, and is lower on the glycemic index than white sugar, so it’s considered healthier.

    Hugs back to you!

  3. Awesome granola recipe!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thanks, Natalie. We really love this one. The cocoa-free version is pretty awesome, too.

  4. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    This sounds so delicious. It makes granola a little more bearable if you add chocolate 🙂

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