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:

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
Bowl and tray of Chocolate Sea Salt Granola beside a small jar of dairy-free milk
4.94 from 144 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


  • 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)


  • 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.



*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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  1. Lori P says

    I made this last night using pecans and walnuts for the nuts and agave nectar instead of the maple syrup. I did use the processor for the oats, nuts and cocoa but will add the cocoa to a bowl and stir in next time because I stirred in the agave and coconut oil rather than processing. I used a 70% dark cocoa for the chunks. I pressed the mixture down on my baking pan and used a spatula to break it up after it was baked. I have nice chunks of granola I can pick up and pop into my mouth. I just love this recipe! Thank you!

  2. Nicola says

    This is soooo delicious and feels like such an indulgent and luxurious start to the day! I adore the hint of salt when i eat it with my homemade yogurt.
    I’m loving your blog and the wonderful recipes to try. Thank you!

    • Stephanie says

      I really like this granola! I used more nuts & less oats. I pulsed the nuts in the food processor but next time I’ll leave them roughly chopped because I like bigger pieces. Thanks for the recipe, I will make again!

  3. Mahalia says

    I just made this and oh my hat! It’s amazing. Your recipes are really helping me as I’m six months in on this plant based adventure. You are my hero!

  4. Kendall Stark says

    Hey there! I made this as written a while back but never left a comment. I made it again just recently, but with a few modifications: pistachios instead of almonds, and pecans instead of coconut. Oh, and both times I used light-in-flavor olive oil and just a pinch of table salt. This is my go-to recipe for granola now! It’s flavors are perfectly balanced and I feel satisfied for hours after eating it. Can’t wait to make it again! Bravo!

  5. Esther says

    I have made this Granola every fortnight for the last six months. It’s my new favourite Granola recipe. It’s easy to make, uses relatively simple ingredients and is dang tasty!
    I tried it with the chocolate bits once, but much prefer it without. I’ve also tried it with less sugar (and still use about 2/3 that the recipe states), but if I remove too much it looses that chunky texture which is so lovely and this recipe. Another classic Minimalist Baker recipe. Love love love this!

  6. Carol says

    This turned out great, I subbed the maple syrup for raw honey and added a half teaspoon of vanilla and used cacao nibs instead of unsweetened chocolate. I also added one fourth cup pumpkin seeds and half a cup dried cranberries, it’s delish! Thanks

  7. Riz says

    I tried it! I just used half coconut nectar and half honey instead of maple syrup. I also baked at a lower temperature after adding the honey (added it later after 10 mins on 340 degrees). Loved how it turned out. Quite addicting! Btw I halved the recipe since my syrup’s about to run out. I also added a tiny bit of almond flavor. Excited to see if my sister and little nephew / nieces will like it too!

  8. Sarah says

    Our family looooove this granola – just the right amount of crunch, the right amount of chocolate and the right amount of salt. Simply delicious!

  9. Grace says

    I made this recipe with 2 Tbsp avocado oil, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, and 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder. It turned out great! I didn’t add dark chocolate chunks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Melvin! I’m not sure I know what you’re referring to, but let us know and I’ll help you out!

  10. Anne says

    Made the recipe for boomarang son- you know, moved back home after college- he enjoyed it but did find a bit too salty….making again without the salt and will report back…he eats it with yogurt so maybe the greek yogurt altered the taste to be more salty tasting?

      • Anne says

        Made a second time with half the salt and he loved it- making third time right now. To clarify, HE is making it. Likes it so much he wants to know how to make it for himself once he moves into his own place- this is a good sign.

  11. Caro says

    Just made it! It tastes so good! It was my first time making granola, it’s a great receipe, I feel like I can totally make tones of variations out of this one. Thank you so much ;)

  12. Yono says

    This was so incredibly delicious!!! Will definitely replace my store-bought chocolate granola cereal. I cut the recipe by half and added two tablespoons of ground flaxseed instead of chia seeds. Im going to make this again and again! Thanks!!

  13. Ashton says

    A “healthy” version of cocoa pebbles?! Yes, please! This was even better than I imagined it would be! I kept going back for a small handful while it was cooling…addictive. I added about a 1/2 cup of chocolate almond meal that I had leftover from making chocolate almond milk. It was pretty sweet for my liking already, so I omitted the chocolate chips and next time I will probably also omit the dry sugar.

  14. Tracey says

    Just made this. Absolutely delicious! The kids (16 and 17) love it. It definitely won’t last the afternoon. I added the choc chips but think I will leave them out next time. Very yum!

  15. Bernadette says

    Made this for Teacher Treats Day at school. I substituted shelled unsalted sunflower seeds for the nuts (nut free campus). Was pleasantly surprised when a teacher I barely knew hunted me down after school and told me the granola was many of the teachers’ favorite treat of the day and asked if she could have the recipe! Thanks MB!

  16. Tawni says

    This granola is delicious! I left out the chocolate chips when I made it. I really enjoy eating it with plain yogurt and strawberries for breakfast or a snack. It is not too sweet, perfectly chocolately, and was super easy to make. Excited to try more granola recipes from here!

  17. eunice says

    Love it. The saltiness and sweeteness perfect combination plus crunchy. ummm good. i added chocolate cheerios instead of chocolate chips.

  18. Katie says

    Just made this for a post race brunch and it was delicious with yogurt, strawberries, and bananas. Everyone asked for the recipe!!

  19. Brandyce says

    I made this and shared it with my yoga class. It was a big hit. I reduced the sugar amount to 2 Tbs and added a 1/4 tsp of so of salt along with using Cacao powder as opposed to cocoa powder. This is on the repeat list of deliciousness.

  20. Jekia says

    I made this last week and ate in within days. I am currently making this again…it’s in the oven baking. Excellent recipe and will be trying your coconut granola recipe next!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anna! You could add more oats, more shredded coconut, add some seeds (like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds), plain puffed brown rice cereal, buckwheat groats… granola is pretty forgiving!

  21. Seia says

    I just made this, with a couple of adjustments (added less maple syrup, more cocoa powder, and added raisins instead of chocolate chips), and WOW it’s ridiculously good!! My whole house smells like a chocolate factory now, haha. It’s so so fast to make too and this amount is gonna last me for a couple weeks at least, if I eat it for breakfast every day.

  22. Anne-Celine says

    Hi! I am thinking of making this granola but I was wondering if how I could incorporate dates as sweetener instead of the sugar/limiting the maple syrup? Should I chop them up and add it with the nuts mixture? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anne-Celine! If you want to do this, you could try soaking you dates and processing it into a paste? This would change the texture of the granola but may work. If you give this a try, report back on how it goes!

  23. Kate says

    Your granola recipes (well all recipes in fact) are the bom-diggidy. Every one is fantastic but this is my fav for breakfast! Such a delight to eat wholesome ‘dessert’ to start the day ;) xxx 100% love.

  24. Jay JACOBS says

    This recipe sounds amazing..I shall have to try it. Does anybody use fresh dessicated coconut? If so, does that alter the shelf-life. TIA! :)

  25. Agata says

    I’ve changed the recipe a little bit: blended some of the oats to make the granola more crumbly and added the cocoa and sugar to the saucepan with maple syrup and oil to make a super sweet syrup :D
    I love it so much tho, it’s probably the first chocoalte granola that satisfy me because most of the time they’re good but just… not exactly right and this one is perfect! Thank you <3

  26. Emaleigh Downey says

    Ok… I have left a review for this before but I have to just emphasize how good this is!!!!!! Literally make it every week!!!

  27. Sarah says

    Thank you for this recipe! I am on a quest to try all the best recipes of 2017. This is so flavorful and satisfying sooo much better than anything store bought.

  28. Sarah says

    I’ve made this several times now with my sister (subbed muscovado sugar for coconut, and olive oil for coconut oil), and it is always divine! We have no food processor so we just mix everything together in a bowl, then spread it out on a pan before baking. Thank you for sharing this.

  29. Kathy says

    DELICIOUS! My 13 year old son saw this recipe on your site last night and asked me to make it. It was so easy to put together, and it is soooo good! We will be making it again!

  30. Emaleigh Downey says

    Made last night… my entire family and I ate half already! All of your granola recipes are amazing! I will say that I do cook it at 300 instead of 340 and just go for a bit longer other wise it might scorch the oats!

  31. Thelea says

    I just made this and my boyfriend yelled out “WHAT IS THIS, BROWNIE GRANOLA?!” We refuse to eat it with yoghurt or milk, it’s way too good just as is. You’re a blessing to us, Dana! Every single recipe I’ve made off your site has been a hit in my (carnivore) home. THANK YOU!

  32. Leah says

    I’d love to make this into a bar! I thought about just adding more syrup and then cooling.. Any other ideas to make this amazing recipe into bars!

    • Rebecca says

      Have you tried using brown rice syrup instead of maple? It is much thicker. I’ve used it as the liquid sweetener for oat bars before.

  33. Jo says

    This is literally one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! I just came back from a holiday where my kids were choosing chocolate cereals and I was staring longingly at them. I came home and searched healthy gluten free, dairy free chocolate granola. This is the answer! Easy to make and simply delicious.

    Thank you Dana

  34. tal says

    Just made this and it’s the best granola i’v had to this day. just added all the ingredients together in my food processor and it took a minute to prepare.

  35. Hara says

    I made this today but doubled the quantity of shredded coconut because I had lots of it on hand ( I added half a cup), and subbed the maple sirup with agave and the result is FANTASTIC.. sweet and savory coconutey chocolatey dream! I’ve just had a bowl of granola, not completely cooled yet ( I just couldn’t wait any longer but who could blame me?) with plain almond milk… Why was I eating store-bought granola all that time?

  36. Crystalscleaneats says

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe. It’s the first minimalist baker recipe I’ve tried and this has become my go to website for when I want something new. I made this FIVE times in a month. I ate it as yogurt topping, on top of apples and peanut butter for added texture, or just as cereal with almond milk. I didn’t ever add chocolate, just because for some reason I never have it on hand. But it is amazing! Btw I’ve never left a review before but I’m going to start!

  37. Tatiana says

    Hi! I tried this and it looked delicious but it taste as if i had overcooked something. I figured maybe i burnt the coconut oil/maple mix when combining it together because it was my first time cooking with coconut oil.

    How do you know when to stop before burning this type of oil?

    Thanks a lot!

    Love your website!

    • Kylie says

      I always have to take my granola out earlier than I think–it’s always better a little undercooked than overcooked because it tastes horrible burnt! Also, make sure not to cook the oil/syrup on high–the coconut oil will start to burn past medium on the stove.

  38. Kristen says

    I just made this recipe and OMG!!! I only used two Tbs of dry sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup (trying to cut back in sugar) and it still was so perfect! I love how chocolately it is without the calories!!! Thank you

  39. Janine says

    Just WOW!!! I made it today and we just had a bowl with fresh strawberries, the granola and a bit of soy milk. It tasted heavenly – and i don’t even like coconut very much :D the combo of sweet and salt just can’t be beaten <3
    I will never ever buy granola at a store again.
    Thank you for that great recipe!

  40. Heather Kathleen says

    Oh my gosh this is amazing, I’m eating the last of mine right now. And when I mix it with my coconut vanilla yogurt it tastes like I’m eating Cocoa Pebbles. So delicious! Going to make more today.

  41. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    I definitely have a thing for granola and chocolate, myself! Put them together with a little peanut butter, and you have drugs in the form of food and nutrients! LOL! Anything with simple ingredients is ideal. It’s hard to replicate granola, and this looks absolutely incredible!

  42. leslie says

    Just made this recipe, turned out awesome! I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand so subbed dried cherries and it worked out really nicely as an alternative.

  43. Iris says

    I made this and oh my gosh I am never buying store bought granola ever again! It is great as a snack on its own, oatmeal, or yogurt. I made a batch didn’t last a week. thanks for this recipe ??

  44. Anwen says

    I made this and it’s AMAZING. It’s been hard not eating it for every meal! Thanks for the recipe. :) Definitely will be making it again once i consume the first batch!

  45. Sarah K says

    THAAAAANK YOU FOR THIS! I actually tried the Elizabeth’s a few months ago and this is the perfect dupe for it!!! I WILL MAKE THIS ALL THE TIME !!! Thank you!!!

  46. Hilary says

    I made this (with the addition of chopped dried cherries) a few days ago and it’s fantastic. Can’t stop eating it!

  47. Miran says

    I just made this! Dericious!! It’s perfect to be satisfied for my chocolate’s cravings. I used pink salt instead of sea salt. it’s a bit salt for me. I will put less when I make next time. Thanks for sharing the recipe always. ?

  48. Laurie says

    Have not tried it, but with grandkids coming soon, how would this chocolate granola do with the life altering banana pancakes? I think there is potential for yumminess !

  49. Melissa says

    I’m going to try it without the salt (low salt diet). Can’t wait to eat it with plain homemade yogurt! Yum!

  50. Lucie says

    Wow, this recipe is a game changer:)! So easy and quick to put together and the taste, look, smell and crunch is amazing! I used carob in place of cocoa, date syrup (silan) instead of maple and threw in some hazelnuts alongside almonds and walnuts. Thank you for amazing recipe!

  51. Teresa says

    This is fantastic! I left out the dark chocolate chips as didn’t have any chocolate to hand, still absolutely delicious and very chocolatey, with a lovely chocolate milk to enjoy at the end (my boyfriend, an ex coco pops addict, was particularly thrilled about this!) I threw some goji berries into the bowl at the end when serving – delicious :)

  52. Georgia says

    Hi Dana! I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally combined everything in the food processor right away-oops! It came out like a paste so I made little chunks and baked them that way and it still turned out wonderful, tastes just like cocoa puffs but with a happy conscience : ) Thanks for another great recipe!!

  53. Ines says

    Looks and sounds awesome but I will have to try subbing the oats with quinoa flakes, as even GF oats bother me (must be some other protein in oats). I want to make it and bring it to work to fake out everyone that yes! it’s healthy! Gotcha!

  54. Ann-Sofie says

    I just made this and it is now my favourite granola along with your banana bread granola recipe. Next time I make this (there will definitly be a next time), I’ll probably add a little less salt and more cacao.

    Oh I didn’t use a food processor and omitted the sugar because it is sweet enough for me like this. Amazing recipe :)

  55. James | Thyme To Mango says

    I never need an excuse to eat chocolate – even for breakfast – but when it gets wrapped up in a healthy granola package then I’m all it. Pass me a spoon already! :-)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, but it won’t be as sweet, obviously. Maybe add a little stevia (if trying to avoid sugar), or a little more maple syrup. Good luck!

  56. Annette says

    Came home from work and found your email, threw it together in about 5 minutes in a bowl, no processor and I used avocado oil so I didn’t hear anything. Just mixed in 1 bowl and baked….. OMG the most delicious granola I’ve ever made. Loved that I could taste the salt too. Thanks for another great recipe! Love your site!?

  57. Catherine Colgan says

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks great! any suggestions for replacing the nuts as I am allergic? Thank you xxx

    • Clare says

      You could add more oats, more shredded coconut, add some seeds (like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds), plain puffed brown rice cereal, buckwheat groats… granola is pretty forgiving!

    • Shopgrl123 says

      I’m allergic to nuts too. When making granola I sub. Sunflower & or pumpkin seeds to give the granola that nutty flavour & texture.

  58. Mary Christmas says

    Just made this! Delicious! Didn’t have quite enough of any one oatmeal so did combination of reqular, quick, and steel cut. I don’t use oil so subbed a flax egg for binding. Seemed to work.

  59. Julia says

    Awesome! Your recipes are ALWAYS so, so appealing. This one, too. And your humor always gives me a chuckle! You are crackin’ me up! Laughter is a good side dish to any recipe. :-)

  60. Samantha says

    Yeah!!! Yeah!!! Making this over the weekend…I think my chocolate obsessed boyfriend will be very happy :)

  61. Nicole says

    Would this work with instant oats or does it have to be regular oats? Definitely going to make this!