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The Best Healthy Chocolate Granola | Vegan + Gluten-free

by Capri Lilly

Start your mornings with a delightful chocolatey crunch with this Healthy Chocolate Granola. This easy recipe is made with simple ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s chocolatey, crunchy, nutritious, gluten-free, and vegan!

If you like this granola recipe, you’ll love my Easy Honey Almond Granola recipe! 

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I am a huge chocolate lover! It does not matter the time of day or what it is, if it’s filled with chocolate I am all about it! I thought about this as I started to prep my weekly granola. I usually make Honey Almond Granola or Maple Pecan Granola for the week, but this time I decided to switch things up and add chocolate to the mix! 


I am sooo happy with this Healthy Chocolate Granola! It’s super easy to make, the ingredients are clean, it’s nutritious, and its oh soo good!

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Let’s talk about why this granola is healthy. I am not just going to label the granola as healthy and leave you wondering how it’s healthy; that’s not what we do around here!

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Let’s go over exactly why this Chocolate Granola is healthy.

  1. It is made with real, wholesome ingredients. Every ingredient is one you know and can pronounce. Each ingredient is also organic, free of any toxins and additives that are harmful to your body.
  2. The rich chocolate flavor comes from raw cacao powder, which is unprocessed chocolate and filled with tons of antioxidants, calcium, and fiber. 
  3. This granola is refined sugar-free, which means we use natural sweeteners that come from the earth to give this granola the perfect sweetness. The maple syrup used in this recipe not only sweetens the granola but also compliments the cacao perfectly by cutting the bitterness and giving the granola the best chocolatey flavor.
  4. The oats and nuts provide tons of protein, with each serving giving you 12 grams of protein.  

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This healthy granola recipe is super easy, requiring 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make!

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What you’ll need for this chocolate granola recipe:

Rolled Oats

aka Old-fashioned oats. (Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats like this one, if you would like this recipe to be gluten-free)

Raw Cacao Powder

to get the added bonus of nutrients, use cacao powder. Here is my favorite cacao power to use. If you do not have cacao powder, you can always use unsweetened cocoa powder, like this one.


I use walnuts in this recipe, but you can use whatever nuts you like. Shaved almonds and pecans are also great options! 

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds provide an extra nutrient boost. They are packed with protein, calcium, fiber, and potassium!

Maple Syrup

This natural sweetener will give the granola the perfect sweetness. You can also use honey (for a healthy, non-vegan option)

Melted Coconut Oil

Helps to bind the ingredients when baking

Vanilla Extract

For delicious added flavor that compliments the chocolate perfectly. 

Coconut shavings

A great topping to add to the granola that provides flavor, texture, and added crunch.

A Pinch of Sea Salt

Just a bit to bring out all of the flavors

Dark Chocolate Chunks

Completely optional, but add more chocolatey goodness to the mix! To keep this recipe vegan, use vegan chocolate, like Hu Simple Chocolate –so good!

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This Healthy Chocolate Granola is:

Easy to Make



Perfectly sweet





&& Super Tasty!

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Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe

Start your mornings with a delightful chocolatey crunch with this Healthy Chocolate Granola. This easy recipe is made with simple ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s chocolatey, crunchy, nutritious, gluten-free, and vegan!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: 30 minute, baked, chocolate, easy granola recipe, gluten-free, good food baddie, goodfoodbaddie, healthy, vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 455kcal


  • 4 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup Cacao Powder (or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder)
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (or your favorite nuts)
  • 1/2 cup Hulled Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Shavings
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips for topping, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients (except for the coconut shavings), starting with the dry ingredients and moving to the liquid ingredients. Stir to make sure all of the oats are coated.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and thoroughly stir the granola. Then, place the granola back in the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes
  • Remove the granola from the oven, add coconut shavings, and mix thoroughly. Press the granola into an even layer and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy with your favorite milk, yogurt, or ice cream! Store in an airtight conatiner for up to 2 weeks!



MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats that are processed in a gluten-free facility
MAKE IT NUT FREE: Use seeds, like pepitas or sunflower seeds, instead of nuts.
MAKE IT VEGAN: Use Maple Syrup. (honey for non-vegan option)
STORE IT: Granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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If you make this Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love hearing from you! 

Excited to Try More Delicious Recipes Using Oats?!

Try out my Baked Apple Oatmeal  (perfect for meal prep!) or my Honey Almond Granola —so sweet & tasty! 

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Amy September 15, 2020 - 12:00 am

5 stars
We love making our own granola at home and always looking for inspiration. This was super yum!

Capri Lilly September 15, 2020 - 12:47 am

So glad you liked it! Such a great chocolate treat for the morning!

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Makennna December 1, 2020 - 7:00 pm

I was wondering how much is a serving for this recipe?

Capri Lilly December 1, 2020 - 7:03 pm

Hi Makenna, a serving is about 2/3 of a cup.


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