Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola

Breakfast or dessert? Who knows! Who cares.

I hope everyone reading this blog has tasted the miraculous gift from the gods called Nutella.  The chocolate hazelnut spread is, by far, the most decadent, rich, heavenly, crazy delicious spread on the planet.  It goes best with a spoon.  Just sayin’.

But in order to totally NOT feel like a glutton after you spoon some nutella into your mouth, throw it into a bowl with some maple syrup, oats, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips.  Bake it up and you’ve got yourself some crunchy (SOOOOO crunchy), chocolatey, and seemingly healthy granola.

I love homemade granola. ♥ What’s not to love? So much cheaper and healthier to make your own.  Bypass all the crap and preservatives some companies pump into their cereals, and check out some of my favorite homemade granolas. After you’ve made this recipe of course. 🙂

What I love most about this particular granola recipe is that there aren’t many ingredients. 5 to be exact. And the nutella definitely stands out. It’s the star of the show here people. The chocolate nutty goo acts as the binder, while the maple syrup thins it out and sweetens the oats up a bit.  I threw in tart dried cherries for a flavor contrast and went over the top to add dark chocolate chips. I mean c’mon, why not?!

Oh and I forgot to mention, if you pour some milk over it, you’ll be sittin’ back slurpin’ on chocolate milk in no time. 😉

Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or Silpat) and set aside.
  2. Mix the oats and dried cherries into a large bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, melt the Nutella and maple syrup together in the microwave (about 30 seconds). Stir until completely smooth and liquidy.  Pour Nutella mixture over oats and  cherries. Make sure all of the oats are evenly moistened.  Spread evenly over prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at each 10 minute interval.
  3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot granola (no need to stir). The chips will melt down a bit. Let the granola cool completely. Please note that it will be soft when removed from the oven-- it will crunch up when exposed to air. Mine took about 30 minutes to crunch up.  Enjoy!

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ps: check out some of my other homemade granolas

Banana Nutella Granola

Banana Nutella Granola-4


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola by sallysbakingaddiction.com




  1. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on May 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Ha, I just made Nutella granola this morning! We obviously think alike 🙂 I love the dried cherries in yours, I will have to do that next time!

    • Sally on May 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      That is too funny Liz! The dark cherries give a sweet burst of flavor with all the chocolate bites 🙂

  2. Choc Chip Uru on May 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I’ll never be bored with granola that’s for sure 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Sally on May 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I don’t think I could ever be bored with grnaola either… too many delicious options 🙂

  3. Amy (Savory Moments) on May 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I love the flavors you have used in this granola! Chocolate and cherry is a great combination.

    • Sally on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Amy, I completely agree! I love any berry with chocolate – dark chocolate and cherries are especially delicious.

  4. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on May 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    mmm, i love homemade granola. what a great version!

    • Sally on May 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you Sarah! I love homemade granola too, if you couldn’t tell 😉

  5. Baking Serendipity on May 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I love homemade granola! The Nutella and cherry combination is exactly perfect!

  6. Cassie on May 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    You know I love homemade granola. Nutella is a brilliant addition!

    • Sally on May 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I love penaut butter granola, so I figured why not switch it out for some Nutella? Best decision I’ve made in awhile 🙂

  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life on May 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    So true…nutella is the best just with a spoon:-) This is awesome to make granola with it! Love!!!

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  9. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations on May 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Yum! This would be amazing for breakfast! Would love you to share this at Breakfast Ideas Mondays – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/05/watermelon-blueberry-smoothie-and.html 🙂

  10. [email protected] Press on May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    nutella and cherries – yummy

    • Sally on May 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

      They are a great combo. Thanks Heather!

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    You had me at Nutella! I will have to give this recipe a try!

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  16. Trudy on November 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

    BUT…have you tried making Nutella yet?? 😮

    • Sally on November 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Hi Trudy! I haven’t made my own Nutella yet! I should try it someday 🙂

      • Trudy on November 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

        You definitely should! It’s just as delicious and pretty easy.

        PS. Love the blog! Just found it today and I already want to make everything >.<

      • Sally on November 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        let me know what you make Trudy! Yum 🙂

  17. Alett on January 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I tried this recipe for the first time last Monday – I’ve made 4 batches since ! (Big compliment considering I was away from home 3 out of the seven days).

    This recipe is life changing I love it so much.
    Thank you 🙂

    • Sally on January 16, 2013 at 5:26 am

      I’m so so glad Alett! I love this granola – definitely one of my favorites. I haven’t made it in awhile, but I’m thinking that needs to change. 🙂

  18. alyssa @ cogs and cupcakes on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I think most of my Nutella disappears my means of spoon directly to mouth. 🙂 This looks so great; I have some of the mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread left that I might try this with!

    • Sally on February 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hey Alyssa! I love that Mocha cappuccino spread! I’ve never used it in this granola though. That sounds heavenly. A must try! Thank you for suggesting 🙂

  19. Stephanie on April 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Your Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola link leads to your Banana Nutella Granola. ((Both look absolutely addicting!)

    • Sally on April 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Fixed! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Stephanie.

  20. Christine on December 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I was thinking about making small cookie tray gifts for a few coworkers for the holidays but my issue is I need to bake everything this weekend and I won’t give stuff out until next Friday. THEN I ran across your granola recipes…this I think would work. I would like to do a couple of flavors…which ones do you find keep the best? I am leaning towards this Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella one (I HAVE to get the Nutella out of my house! It’s dangerous!) and maybe the Oatmeal Cookie granola? What do you think? What holds up best?

    • Sally on December 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      BOTH are amazing. Two of my favorites – and two of my fiancé’s favorites too. This version stays super crunchy for a long time. I suggest this one!

  21. Susan g on August 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I want to make this for a church buffet but was wondering how is the best way to store it and how early can I make it – a week???

    • Sally on August 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      A week is fine – store in an airtight container.

  22. Nicole on August 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe Sally! I’m also a notorious granola lover but my boyfriend who is deeply suspicious of ‘healthy’ food never shared my enthusiasm…I know right. Well, I made this for myself (or so I thought) on Sunday and long story short, he’s eaten it in a smoothie parfait as well as by the sneaky handful. It is now Tuesday and that batch is only a memory, but he’s asked me to bake up some more tonight so he can take a little snack pot to work tomorrow. Success! He’s even asked that I make the Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola this weekend, I was blown away. And this is a guy whose breakfast consists of either a donut or a Nutella sandwich. Now I know how to use that sweet tooth to healthy advantage 🙂

    • Sally on August 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Haha sounds great Nicole! This stuff is so, so good. I truly don’t think it tastes healthy at all. In small quantities, it truly makes a healthy snack. But I can never stop at a “small” handful haha.

  23. Matea on January 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    After seeing this recipe, I may never eat anything else for breakfast 🙂

  24. Sue on March 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Sally…..I just made this Nutella Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola………It is so delectable……….You have the most amazing recipes….Best granolas every…



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