Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola

Super crunchy triple chocolate granola. When your chocolate craving hits, satisfy it with this wholesome breakfast or snack!

Super crunchy triple chocolate granola. When your chocolate craving hits, satisfy it with this wholesome breakfast or snack!

I interrupt the recent holiday cookie binge I’ve been putting you through (sorry?) to bring you something a tad healthier today.

Perhaps not as clean as a bowl of bran flakes or as green as a plate of lettuce, but let’s be real. We both know you wouldn’t be reading if that is the kind of stuff you found around these parts.

When it comes to healthier recipes, sometimes you just have to bring out the big guns: chocolate. Granola, while boring to some, is actually one of my favorite things to munch on. So many textures, so much crunch, the flavor possibilities are endless, dried fruit, nuts, the whole shebang. Eaten for breakfast, as a snack, pre-workout, post-workout, midnight munchie, or sitting at my desk – I never tire of this stuff!

The only downside to granola? It is so darn addicting. But I can think of worse problems!

Super crunchy triple chocolate granola. When your chocolate craving hits, satisfy it with this wholesome breakfast or snack!

I like to make my own granola. Not only is it SO easy to throw together, but it is incredibly cheaper (and healthier!) than buying it at the store. I do not  understand how a 3 cup bag of granola (aka sugar) can market for over $7 when it costs pennies to make the same amount, in a healthier way, at home?! Silly business if you ask me.

And you know what? Take one look at all of my wholesome homemade granola recipes (peanut butter cupPB&JNUTELLA!) and I assure you that I can convert you into a granola-making-fiend just like me. You’ll thank me later.

Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola

The ingredient list for my latest granola recipe is quite short. Nothing crazy, nothing you can’t pronounce… just simple, wholesome ingredients. And, of course, that includes the appearance of chocolate three times. Yep. A triple threat of the good stuff.

Starting with melted coconut oil, add your unsweetened cocoa powder, and a touch of brown sugar. This can all be mixed by hand in a small bowl. Stir in some honey (or agave or maple syrup) to make it all stick together; don’t skimp on this binding agent. These four ingredients combined – the coconut oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and honey – will make a liquidy paste to drench over your oats and create crunchy chocolate clusters as the oats bake.

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For the add-ins, I didn’t get too crazy here. A simple mix of chocolate chips and chocolate covered raisins is added to the granola after it bakes – to avoid burning any chocolate. While the granola is still warm, add in the chocolate chips and give them a nice stir. The warm granola will melt the chocoalte chips creating large sticky chocolate clusters. The best part. I mixed in the chocolate covered raisins after the granola cooled, so they held their shape  – feel free to add them in when the granola is warm though.

For the chocolate covered raisins, I used Dark Chocolate Raisinets. My favorite candy ever,  I kid you not. Disclaimer: I am mildly obsessed with raisins in any form, I don’t care how old or boring that makes me seem!

If you prefer, feel free to replace the dark chocolate raisins with other add-ins: nuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, white chocolate chips, toasted coconut, etc. Keep in mind that chocolate must be present three times since you know… this IS triple chocolate granola. 😉

Just kidding… sorta.

The chewy dark chocolate raisins provided the perfect texture contrast to the crunchy clusters – I love a good texture profile when I can find one.

While I prefer my cookies to be soft, I like my granola extra crunchy. Super-crunch-style, even after a few days. This granola lasted about 1 week and was plenty crunchy – even MORE crunchy by day 5 and 6. And, when sitting in a breakfast bowl of milk, the granola clusters STILL remained crunchy. Oh yeah. We’re beating the crunch test with flying colors here today.

About that coconut oil. No, your granola will not taste like coconut. From the cocoa powder and the melty chocolate chips, you’ll find no remanence of coconut taste dancing around your tastebuds. I strongly suggest you use coconut oil here (and in any granola recipe calling for oil), but if you cannot get your hands on any, canola oil will work just fine.

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Quick, straightforward, and easy. Not to mention… cheaper than anything you’ll find in the store AND made without any preservatives or weird gunk you can’t pronounce.

Customize it how you prefer with different add-ins or any suggestions I provide below. Just don’t skimp on the triple chocolate ordeal – I mean, when else is it OK to have chocolate for breakfast?! And for a snack? And pre-workout fuel? Post-workout recovery? Midnight munchie? Yep, you just found your new favorite healthy treat.

PLUS – how fun would this be to give away to friends this holiday season? I nice healthy, yet incredible decadent tasting munchie that would be beautifully wrapped up in a mason jar or Christmas tin. Your friends may thank you for saving their diets. Just sayin’. 😉

Super crunchy triple chocolate granola. When your chocolate craving hits, satisfy it with this wholesome breakfast or snack!

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Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Super crunchy triple chocolate granola. When your chocolate craving hits, satisfy it with this wholesome breakfast or snack!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not quick or instant)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup/agave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/23/4 cup dark chocolate covered raisins
  • optional: additional add-ins like nuts, seeds, or dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Pour oats into a large bowl, set aside. In a smaller bowl, mix melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and dark brown sugar until combined. Add honey and salt and mix until a liquid-y paste forms. Pour over oats and mix until all oats are moistened. Add more honey if needed.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring + flipping every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips while the granola is still warm. Stir. The chocolate chips will melt, creating larger clusters of granola. Once cooled, add in chocolate covered raisins and any additional add-ins you prefer. Store covered at room temperature for up to three weeks.

Keywords: triple chocolate granola

107 Comments

  1. You are crazy. And I love you insanely for it 🙂

    This granola looks out-of-this-world DELICIOUS. Talk about a decadent dessert topping on my regular, plain-jane yogurt parfait every morning! I want!

    1. dessert topping, yet healthy enough to call a wholesome breakfast topping! i ate it on vanilla greek yogurt one morning – amazing.

  2. Where to even begin…amazing!

    Dark Chocolate Raisinets = so good. I won’t even buy them b/c well, they are just too good!

    And the dark brown sugar and the oats and the whole thing, I can almost taste it! As for adding the chocolate AFTER baking, yes, good call. Nothing quite like burnt chocolate to ruin a recipe otherwise!

    You outdid yourself on this stuff!

    1. i just KNEW you’d love this recipe Averie – the chocoholic, granola loving gal you are. I added chocolate chips into a granola once before baking – a year or so ago – horrible experience! Raisinets sent me a giant (read: HUGE) basket of them in the fall – we are STILL eating our way through the basket. I’m obsessed with them.

  3. I didn’t even know they had dark chocolate raisinets….it’s been too long since I had them, I believe!! I’m loving granola lately. I’m back to working out regularly and need some healthy snack ideas! Thank you!

    1. i prefer the dark chocoalte raisinets over the milk chocolate, although I do love them both lol. Granola always gives me the energy for workouts – I honestly eat it everyday. 🙂 Thanks Ashley!

    1. why yes, this certainly does mean you can have chocolate for breakfast. 😉 Thanks Denise! I have to check out your salted caramel espresso cookies now… drool!

  4. If it’s triple chocolate, it’s for me 🙂 It looks perfect, Sally’ you’re so right, the clusters are the BEST part!

    1. I agree – I even made a “granola cluster” recipe once. They are the absolute best part. And Stephanie, my dear, I knew you’d love all this chocolate. 🙂

  5. Omg! No wonder I’ve been craving chocolate so much! Just look it’s everywhere! Lol. So can’t wait to put in the chocolate pomegranate b/c that’s my favorite add in!

    1. Hi Jan! chocolate is certainly not scarce in this recipe – and yes, it is EVERYWHERE this season! Chocolate & pomegranite.. that sounds like a heavenly combination!

  6. This is part of the reason I love your blog, the healthier food is chocolate granola, perfect! I’m a bit of a granola fiend and if it’s in my house I will eat it all…and this one looks right up my alley 😉 I can definitely imagine making this for gifts (and saving a bit for myself, obviously). I love the addition of chocolate covered raisins, perfect way to get some fruit into the granola while still keeping it totally cookie-like.

    1. Hi Emilia! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog and are following along. 🙂 I am a huge granola fiend as well. And yes, it is SO addicting. And dangerous! Let me know if you make this – I know you’ll love it. Esp if you love chocolate covered raisins like I do!!

  7. I love the idea of adding chocolate covered raisins to granola! Total genius! I have a chocolate coconut granola recipe with no (added) sugar, just pureed dates. It’s surprisingly sweet, and totally addictive. I’ll have to test this recipe out for comparison, it looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Katie! Thanks so much for stopping by. Your chocoalte coconut granola sounds amazing. I have been meaning to make a version with coconut, AND with dates. I love that idea. I’m not surprised it is sweet! That is why I love dates so much, nature’s candy. 🙂 Thanks!

  8. At first I thought those raisinets were Junior Mints…I wonder how that would be? Oats and mint sound a little weird to me, but there was an oaty-mint Clif bar or something that I used to get…anyway, I might try this with craisins first. Thanks! Great pictures, as always…nice additions of colors in the background to break up all the chocolate brown. 🙂

    1. Caley – i love those mint chocolate clif bars! they are actually oen fo my favorite flavors along with oatmeal raisin and blueberry. 🙂 But yes, the raisinets work perfectly in this granola recipe. And so would craisins! That sounds delicious, especially this time of year. Thank you for the photo compliments! It was hard to make everything not look so BROWN! I appreciate you taking the time to comment about that. 🙂

  9. Oooh, Sally! This looks so good! Yet another reason you and I could be BFFs – you love Raisinets! I love them and it’s practically the only ‘candy’ I’ll get at the movie theatre. This recipe looks so easy and perfect for gift-giving. Definitely whipping this up soon!

    1. Hi Cory! Raisinets are my favorite movie theater candy too!! Yep, I’m convinced – we must be twins or something. 🙂 Let me know if you make this!

  10. Only you could make granola, which normally sounds boring and healthy, look and sound amazingly rich and delicious. Triple chocolate?! Where do I sign up? And the DARK chocolate raisinets are the only way to go. I don’t even buy the milk chocolate anymore. Dark chocolate all.the.way. I have to admit that I’ve never made homemade granola, but I think I’ll start with this recipe. I mean, it has 3 kinds of chocolate and is healthy. How can I NOT make this?

    1. Elaine, you HAVE to try your hand at granola. I have no doubt in my mind that whatever recipe you make will turn out wonderfully. You really can’t mess up granola unless you burn it. I knew you’d like this recipe!!

  11. Well I love it when you post healthier stuff like this! Although I’m extremely happy you don’t post bowls of lettuce. Yuck.

    I just got some gluten-free oats meaning that I can try this out. Yippie! Will let you know how it turns out.

    1. yes, let me know how this granola turns out, i know you will just love it Erin! And I was thinking of you as I was making it actually!

  12. YUM! I love granola and yours looks delicious and much more affordable (and much more tasty!) than my typical store-bought versions!

  13. Sally I just had to comment and say that I sent you my last email BEFORE I read this post! It’s funny because as you know I was mentioning coconut oil and granola! This is why I love your blog- it’s full of all the stuff that I love. I’m excited to try this recipe 🙂

    1. Hi Brooke! That is too funny! I thought of you when I was publishing this recipe b/c of your email. You’re going to LOVE this granola and good luck with the coconut oil!

  14. YUMMY! I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe for the holidays, to hand out as gifts, plus to eat and this, dare I say sounds delightful!
    Everything of yours I’ve made has been a hit, w/ the cake batter cookies topping the list!
    I’m making the fudge for Christmas too…
    I can’t wait!
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Star! That makes me so happy to hear! I’m glad my recipes have been successful for you – those cake batter cookies are a favorite of mine. Let me know how the granola turns out!

  15. i love homemade granola too…I am so spoiled by my mom’s…I haven’t even tried to make on my own! but yours with that chocolate sure entices me too!

  16. Sally, I want to dive into a bowl of this granola and never come out… or not until you make more cookies, at least 😉 Triple chocolate is a dreamy combo for this here chocolate lover!!!

  17. I hope to make this tonight when I get home…what do you think about the idea of adding saltless pretzels into this equation? and if you think its worth trying, where do you think they should enter? during the baking process or after with the chocolate chips?

    I have a thing of vanilla yogurt waiting to meet this granola, very excited! Thanks Sally!

    1. Hi Trish – wow, I love that idea! Salty pretzels in a chocolate granola. Perfection. Add the pretzels in after you bake the granola – when you are adding the raisinets. All of that on top of vanilla yogurt… I know what I’m having for a snack tomorrow. 🙂

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