Chocolate Chia Coconut Granola

I don’t know who said it first, but I think it’s a widely known fact chocolate makes everything better. Our love for chocolate runs rampant on our farm and I’m not ashamed to tell you I may store it year round in my nightstand for a late night snack. I’m a firm believer that when you mix chocolate and granola the saying “chocolate makes everything better” is truer than true. If you believe in a life where it’s okay to eat chocolate for breakfast, this recipe is for you!

Ingredients and Substitutions:

Coconut oil: We love the combination of chocolate + coconut but if for some reason you aren’t crazy about it, we recommend substituting coconut oil for a high quality unsalted butter.

Honey: You can swap this out for maple syrup.

Brown Sugar: Brown sugar helps this granola have just the right hint of sweetness. If you want to swap the sugar out you can always omit it altogether or use more maple syrup/honey as a substitute.

Sea Salt: A yummy pinch of sea salt gives this recipe the perfect salty sweet combo.

Cinnamon: A hint of cinnamon is a must!

Old Fashioned Oats: I’ve used both old fashioned oats and quick cooking oats for my granola recipes and both have worked amazingly well. I really just use what I have on hand at the time out of practicality.

Chia Seeds: These add a fun element to this chocolate coconut granola! If you don’t like chia seeds you can opt to forget them altogether or substitute for something like ground flaxseed for that extra boost of energy!

Whole Almonds: You can use sliced, slivered or roughly chopped almonds. You can also substitute your favorite nuts.  

Roasted Coconut Flakes: Gives the granola a little extra boost of coconut flavor and not to mention contrast to the beautiful chocolaty coloring!

Chocolate Chips: I use a combination of dark and milk. You can use whatever combination you like.

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: I used a Trader Joes brand cocoa powder because it’s what I had on hand but any will work, even raw cacao.

How to make our chocolate chia coconut granola!

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients togethers: In a bowl mix together the oats, chia seed, whole almonds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  2. Melt wet ingredients in a small pot on warm to combine and stir the wet ingredients into the dry: Add the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and fold everything together until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  3. Shape the granola into a disc and bake: Form the granola into a flat compact disc when you bake it by patting it into a flat oval. Bake at 325°F until it’s golden brown (30 minutes). You can leave the granola in the oven turned off to crunch up even more if you’d like!
  4. Remove from oven: Scatter over half of the chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then mix it all around. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips + roasted coconut flakes over the top.
  5. After cooling, crumble up your granola to enjoy! Here’s the fun part: crumble into large chunks or smaller ones. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag and enjoy on yogurt, with milk, or plain!

Chocolate Chia Coconut Granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup whole almonds roasted or plain
  • cup roasted coconut flakes for after baking
  • ½ cup chocolate chips for after baking

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract, sea salt, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Stir in remaining ingredients until evenly combined.
  • Pour mixture onto baking sheet spreading evenly to the edges. Bake for 30 minutes stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from oven and scatter over half of the chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then mix it all around. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips + roasted coconut flakes over the top. Break apart with your fingers so only small chunks remain.

Notes

Store in airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks.
Keyword Breakfast, Cereal, Chocolate, Easy Breakfast, Granola, Homemade Granola Recipe, Recipe for breakfast cereal

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