Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Granola

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Bowl of gluten-free Dark Chocolate Granola with a side of dairy-free milk

By now, you probably know I have a thing for granola. But what you probably don’t know is that I also have a thing for chocolate.

Wait. You already knew that, too (obviously). Hmph.

Well, then you won’t be surprised that I’m sharing a recipe for chocolate granola! Besides, who doesn’t want a (healthier) version of Cocoa Puffs in their life?

Food processor with ingredients for gluten-free vegan Dark Chocolate Granola

This chocolate granola is inspired by one I tried recently by Purely Elizabeth. I demolished the whole bag in a matter of days and knew I wanted to create a version for the blog.

This recipe is simple, requiring just 9 ingredients and roughly 30 minutes to make!

The base is nuts, oats, chia seeds, and coconut. To keep things on the healthier side, I went with maple syrup and coconut sugar for natural sweetness. And the chocolate flavor comes from both cocoa powder and vegan dark chocolate! Yessss, come to Mama.

Food processor with freshly blended ingredients for Dark Chocolate Granola with sea salt

I hope you all LOVE this chocolate granola! It’s:

Crunchy
Nutty
Chocolate-infused
Perfectly sweet
Protein- + Fiber-rich
Quick + easy to make
& Delicious!

This would make the perfect quick breakfast or on-the-go snack. I love adding this granola to some coconut yogurt and berries for an easy summertime breakfast or snack when I don’t feel like cooking.

For more granola recipes, be sure to check out our 7-Ingredient Quinoa Granola, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola, Banana Bread Granola, Nut ‘n’ Honey Coconut Granola, Chunky Coconut Granola, Strawberry Coconut Granola, Grain-Free Granola, and Gingerbread Granola!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Baking sheet and two serving bowls with gluten-free vegan Dark Chocolate Granola with sea salt

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Granola

9-ingredient granola infused with cocoa powder, naturally sweetened, and full of plant-based protein and fiber! The perfect plant-based breakfast or snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowl and tray of Chocolate Sea Salt Granola beside a small jar of dairy-free milk
4.94 from 131 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 9 (1/2-cup servings)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 weeks

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped raw nuts (almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts are best)
  • 1/4 cup desiccated or shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp coconut or organic cane sugar (or other dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut (or avocado) oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (plus more to taste // or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips or chunks (optional // sweeter chocolate is best – I like Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate bar)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (171 C).
  • To a food processor (or mixing bowl), add the oats, nuts, coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, salt, and cocoa powder. Pulse a few times (or stir) to combine.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil and maple syrup until melted and combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix or stir well. If using a food processor, this breaks down the oats and nuts a bit more so it’s a finer texture, but this is optional.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet (or more baking sheets if making a larger batch) and bake for 17-24 minutes (or until fragrant and deep golden brown), stirring a bit near the halfway point to ensure even baking.
  • Let cool completely. Then add chocolate (optional). Place in a container that has an air-tight seal, and it should keep for a few weeks. Or store in the freezer up to 1 month or longer.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the dark chocolate.
*Recipe makes ~4 ½ cups granola.

Nutrition (1 of 9 servings)

Serving: 1 half-cup servings Calories: 364 Carbohydrates: 44.7 g Protein: 8.2 g Fat: 19.1 g Saturated Fat: 9.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 225 mg Fiber: 6.9 g Sugar: 18.1 g

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