Chocolate Cinnamon Granola

Chocolate Cinnamon Granola

Incredibly easy homemade Chocolate Cinnamon Granola that is oil-free, dairy-free and healthy because it is made with wholesome ingredients. This granola has a rich chocolate sweet flavor and a nutty addition of almonds. It makes a lovely gift as well!

I love to snack. In the past my snacking involved too many chips, chocolate or crackers and cheese. Nowadays, not so much. The Funyuns would tend to leave me with an upset stomach...hmm wonder why! These days I snack on almonds, carrots, kale chips or this yummy granola. I have an insane sweet tooth so I came up with this recipe to satisfy it without the guilt. It has my two favorite flavors in it, chocolate and cinnamon. Combine the two and you're in heaven. Like I mentioned before, I have a slight obsession with chocolate so this granola had to have cocoa in it! I personally use dark cocoa, not the regular. It has a much more intense flavor, which in my opinion, just taste better for granola. So if you can, use the dark cocoa.

To give these as a gift, it only takes a few inexpensive, decorative items. Select a small glass jar, some decorative ribbon, a rubber band and decorative fabric. I just cut the fabric in a circle a couple inches larger than the circumference of the jar top. Secure the fabric around the jar with a rubberband and decorate with ribbon. I used a wire ribbon here to hold the shape of the bow. Very simple, colorful and tasty looking! Most of all....it says "personal"! I got all of these supplies at Michael's craft store except the fabric was from Hancock Fabrics.

Chocolate Cinnamon Granola
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Ingredients

    Dry ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower kernels or chopped pecan pieces
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa (better flavor than regular cocoa)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Wet ingredients
  • 3/4 cup grade A dark amber pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees and Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In two separate bowls, combine the dry and then the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour the wet into the dry and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the granola out evenly onto the lined pan and press down with the back of the spoon to make the granola stick. It should be about 1/2 inch high for nice size chunks.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes until very golden brown and firm. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Let cool for 15 minutes or so. It will harden as it cools.
  6. Once cool, break into chunks. Store in a ziplock bag or sealed container. It also makes a great healthy gift as you can see what I did here in the photo!
  7. Tip:  As an option you can throw in some chocolate chips. Do this as soon as you remove from the oven by just dropping them over the cooked granola. It will slightly melt into the granola.
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11 Comments

  1. Yum! Looks not only healthy, but pleasing to the eye and belly. ;) Thanks for the keeper recipe!
    • Thanks so much August! Very yummy and makes a great, adorable little gift that is personal and you can feel good about giving! Hope you like it! :)
  2. Lesli
    This granola is amazing! So much better than store bought and so easy to make! Can't wait to make it again! Two thumbs up!
  3. Thanks Lesli! I'm so glad you finally tried it! I told you it was easy :)
  4. I have made your chocolate granola & it rocked my taste buds! ooh yes! :) Yummie!
  5. That's awesome to hear Sophie!! I love this stuff because it's nutritious, delicious and filling too!! Thank you!
  6. Oh gosh, I know what you mean about snacking. I am constantly munching :) this looks so yummy though. Perfect idea for easy holiday gifts!
  7. [...] Most granolas contain oil or butter right? So, how did I obtain a buttery flavor/texture you ask? Well, instead of using all oats as the base, I use a cup of almond flour in place of some of the oats. It gives them moisture, a buttery taste and incredible chewiness. They end up baking crispy and chewy at the same time….similar to a peanut butter cookie! Pretty amazing! This recipe is a variation of my Chocolate Cinnamon Granola. [...]
  8. MJ
    I am newly looking into the raw/vegan world and mainly because I stumbled upon your recipes and have tried a couple and they are so amazing! Thank you for all that you do. As for my question, what about using pure maple grade B? I didn't have any pure maple syrup so I bought some today but all the grades/levels confused me! So they have vey distinct flavor profiles? (Or in this granola recipe in particular?) thanks in advance for your help! :) keep doing what you do! :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi MJ! Aww thank you so much! I'm so glad you found my blog and are enjoying the recipes! Feel free to leave me feedback on any that you make, I love hearing from you all, it makes my day. :) About the syrup, regular maple syrup is grade A and is the most widely used syrup and is what I use for pretty much all my recipes. Grade B is darker and thicker and usually more expensive, but the flavor is incredible. But because it is harder to find and thicker, I only use it on occasion. You can always just use regular grade A maple syrup. One thing is never use imitation syrup...those will not give the same results are are basically just corn syrup. Thanks again so much for your feedback! :)
  9. Love this stuff! I combine it with bananas and "yoghurt".
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So awesome to hear that Steffi, thank you for the feedback!

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