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jar of healthy dark chocolate granola with bowl behind

Classic Healthy Chocolate Granola

  • Author: Our Sweetly Spiced Life
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This allergy-friendly classic healthy chocolate granola is loaded with seeds & gluten free grains, drenched in guilt-free chocolate ganache, and baked to perfection.



Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ C Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 1 ½ C Rolled Oats, gluten free if needed
  • 1 C Sunflower Seeds
  • ½ C Cacao Nibs
  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt

Chocolate Sauce/Ganache

  • ½ C Sunflower Oil or Coconut Oil, melted
  • ½ to ¾ C Maple Syrup, depending on oil used and sweetness preference*
  • ¾ C Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

For the chocolate sauce/ganache

  1. Combine oil of choice with cacao powder in small bowl, and whisk well until no clumps of powder remain.
  2. Stir in maple syrup; if you’re using coconut oil and find it resolidifying, you can heat the whole mixture gently/microwave on low power until it liquifies again.
  3. Add vanilla extract; stir to combine.

Combine & Bake

  1. Fold chocolate sauce into dry ingredients, mixing well with a wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly onto the lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir mixture, then bake for another 5-10 minutes, checking regularly after 5 minutes, depending on the size of your baking sheet and the thickness of your layer of granola.
  5. Allow to cool on baking sheet; then, transfer to airtight container.
  6. Enjoy by itself as a snack, as a healthy chocolate cereal with milk, or on top of yogurt, oats, or fresh chopped fruit!


  1. *we found with coconut oil, you only needed ½ C maple syrup due to the added natural sweetness of coconut oil, whereas with sunflower oil, you really needed ¾ C to get the same level of sweetness. Of course, if you want an even sweeter granola, go for ¾ C maple syrup, and use the coconut oil!