Nut-Free Double Chocolate Molasses Granola

Nut-Free Double Chocolate Molasses Granola

So, so, so chocolatey. That is what I kept saying while eating this. This granola has such an incredible, true chocolate flavor. That's all you will think about while eating this. The blackstrap molasses may seem like an odd addition, but I like to add it to my chocolate recipes sometimes because it further enriches the chocolate flavor. I love having granola on hand. It's the perfect snack to keep you from starving when you are out from the house and don't want to have to stop to eat junk. I also love homemade granola for eating cereal with homemade almond milk. So much healthier than cereal from the store! It's everything granola should be...crunchy, full of flavor, perfect amount of sweetness, and of course, chocolate. This amazing chocolate granola is ready in 30 minutes! Now tell me again any excuse you have not to make it? I have a good collection of granola recipes building up on the blog and I make it so much, that I need to continue to add more recipes. So much cheaper and tastier than the storebought varieties anyways, which always contain oil as well. I originally shared this back on Instagram a few weeks back and it's so darn incredible, it's finally made it's way onto the blog. This entire granola recipe is just 8 ingredients (including salt)! This granola is also vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. Yeah buddy. Other recipes that include chocolate and molasses?

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I can't wait to hear what you think of this Nut-Free Double Chocolate Molasses Granola. Drop me feedback below as I love to have it here on the blog connected to the recipe and it brightens my day! I'd also love to see your pic on Instagram. Make sure to tag me @thevegan8 and put my hashtag #thevegan8 in  your CAPTION! For some reason, I have been missing many tags from you guys now unless my hashtag is in your caption....more crazy changes with IG. I don't want to miss it. Thanks!

Load up your bowl with this granola, pour some almond milk over it, top it with fruit and you got a seriously delicious and healthy breakfast. Go make this. Now.

Nut-Free Double Chocolate Molasses Granola

5 minPrep Time

23 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups old fashioned gluten-free oats (192 g, I use Bob's Red Mill certified GF)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (30 g)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower kernels (44 g)
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup creamy sunbutter (use almond butter if you aren't allergic to nuts)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup (90 mL)
  • 1/2 tablespoon blackstrap molasses (helps the rich chocolate flavor and make the granola clump nicely)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, sunflower kernels, salt and chocolate chips. Then warm up you sunbutter to a smooth consistency if it's really thick or cold(or almond butter). Stir it with the syrup and molasses. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until it all comes together and is very sticky.
  3. Spread out evenly flat onto the pan about 1/2 inch thick. Bake on the bottom LOW rack 15 minutes, remove and stir the granola around from underneath so it will cook evenly. Place back in the oven on the low rack and bake another 8 minutes. Watch closely so the edges don't burn. Let cool 10 minutes while it crisps up. Enjoy on it's own or in parfaits or on ice cream or as breakfast cereal!


  1. I have to make this! There's a chocolate granola I splurge on at Wegmans sometimes but I'd much rather make my own. Granola rocks, especially with a warmed milk in the morning and the chocolate mixes with the milk? Yum. I may try this with carob powder instead and carob chips. Will let you know of course
      I have tried a few storeboughts but they just never, ever taste half as good as homemade and they always contain oil, which just tastes too greasy to me. You can have homemade granola in half an hour, so why not do it?! Thanks Angela! FYI, carob chips do weird things when heating...they tend to burn, it's happened to me before, so keep an eye on them or just add them at the end. They don't melt the same way as regular chocolate chips.
      • Absolutely dont melt well but I like that flavor and their nutrition. I'll probably stir them in after the rest has baked up and is still warm maybe. Homemade is always best.
          Sounds awesome Angela!
  2. How is this a nut free recipe if it co twins almond butter? Aren't almonds nuts?
      I am so sorry Ginger, that is a typo, I fixed it to sunbutter! I have previously made this with almond butter and that works well too but it also works with sunbutter. I'm just so used to typing almond butter in my recipes, that I didn't realize. Sorry, I have fixed it now!
  3. We must be on the same wavelength, because I just posted a no-bake cherry chocolate granola a few days ago. :) This looks perfect, Brandi. I love the addition of molasses, it totally makes the chocolate taste even better. Great recipe!
      Haha! How funny! This one is actually a recipe I shared on Instagram 4 weeks back. I actually posted it on there but so many of my followers are not on Instagram, so I had to share it on here too and finally got around to it after taking new pics, lol! Chocolate and molasses are such a wonderful combo!
  4. I ALWAYS have a big jar of homemade granola at the ready! I Love coming up with new combos, it's so much fun....and so good ;) This granola looks fab!
      Thank you so much Rebecca! It's addicting, that's the only problem! My daughter absolutely loves this granola...she is so cute about it.
  5. Oh my gosh! I would love this for breakfast, this looks and sounds incredibly delicious! I bet the chocolatey flavors goes perfect with a little bit of coconut yoghurt and of course a handful berries. Your pictures are beautiful and colorful, I just like the way you played with colors and contrasts here. I could eat this every morning because it's so versatile and one can combine it with a lot of different fruits like citrus or stone fruits.
      You are so sweet Florian! I love how you appreciate my photos so much and take time to notice the details, that means so much! So glad you love this recipe and it pretty much goes well with fruit, as cereal, as a snack and even on ice cream, haha!
  6. Looks like I've missed some awesome recipes while I've been traveling! I also love to have granola on hand for snacking, but I'm not good about keeping it stocked.
      Thanks Annie! Hope you had fun on your travels!!
  7. I intended on making this tomorrow but I seriously cant stop thinking about it! Itll be in my oven within 15 minutes & into my almond milk in the morning :) :)
      Oh awesome Anna! Let me know how it turned out! :)
  8. I am drooling over my screen! It looks fantastic! I am definitely going to give it a try, Brandi! Kisses from Greece, dear!
      Thank you so much Lenia! Let me know when you try it!
      • Well, I told you that I would try it and I did! The result? Pure deliciousness! I posted the recipe on our blog with links and tribute to yours of course, I will be posting it on instagram and facebook later. Now that I am pregnant I do not want to eat processed cereal since they are full of sugar and this recipe is surely a keeper. My little fetus and I thank so much, dear Brandi! Kisses from Greece!
          I am so happy to hear you loved this granola so much!! I love your beautiful photo you shared of it on Instagram as well, I really appreciate it! Thank you so much for making it and the feedback! xx
  9. I am DYING over this granola! Seriously, chocolate + molasses are TWO of my favorite flavorite combos. They accentuate each other so perfect! And I LOVE that this granola has no oil in it (like all your recipes!!). This looks SO perfect for snacking! :)
      Thank you so much Ceara! I love the combo too!
  10. omg this is perfect to top with some nana ice cream!! can't wait to try :D
      Thank you so much Anna! Yes, I can vouch, it's delicious on ice cream!
  11. What's your opinion on using PB2 instead of sun butter?
      Hi Davida! PB2 actually won't work because it's a powder and sunbutter is ground up smooth nut butter which is needed to wet the oats and help it to bake and form clumps. You can also use almond butter if you aren't allergic to nuts or even regular peanut butter if you want, but it definitely needs some form of a "butter".
  12. I think I have everything I need to make this! I'll give it a shot this weekend. My hubby loves cold cereal and granola, and buys the store-bought stuff. I'm not much a cereal/granola girl (although I could make an exception for chocolate!), so I'm not faithful about making him a homemade alternative. But this looks like something we could both enjoy, so maybe I should just make a double batch. ;) Have you tried this recipe with natural, refrigerated peanut butter? That's all I have at the moment. Also, have you tried agave instead of maple syrup? I think I'm low on maple syrup as well. (Sounds like I need to go grocery shopping!)
      Hi Nichole! You can definitely use peanut butter if you want instead, I would definitely heat it up prior to adding, so it is very smooth and easy to mix in the ingredients. That should work fine. I haven't tried agave, but it should still work just the same as the syrup. Let me know when you try it!
  13. The best chocolate granola I've ever had! I didn't have much oatmeal so I did 1 c. Oats 1/2 c puff wheat cereal & 1/2 c. Peanuts. For the sunflower seeds I subbed a mix of hazelnuts and almonds, and for the nut butter I did almond butter and my pumpkin spice protein peanut butter...yum! This tastes as good as candy and is so crunchy and clumpy. Anyone in doubt, MAKE IT!
      Awesome Anna! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!! So glad this is the best granola you've ever had! I love the addition of the peanuts, yummy! I've never tried whole peanuts in granola before and need to try that. I agree, I often make this granola (or other granolas on my blog) with almonds, sunflower kernels and chopped pecans....really any nuts work so well. I also make it with peanut butter or almond butter as well and it's delicious! My favorite is with the almond butter. Since you did a combo of both peanut butter and almond butter, you totally should try my "Butter-licious granola" recipe on my has both and also a couple of other ingredients and it tastes just like a peanut butter cookie!! It's amazing. It's such an amazing rich chocolatey flavor base that interchanging any nuts really does work so easily! Thanks so much for the awesome feedback! Here is the link:
  14. Molasses and chocolate are SO great together! They just make each other richer! I am imagining the awesome parfait that could be with everything in these photos <3
      Thank you so much Natalie!!
  15. This looks so decadent and delicious, Brandi! I love the addition of blackstrap molasses to the recipe - I bet that adds a whole new dimension of flavor :)
      Thank you so much Sarah! It definitely makes the chocolate taste incredibly richer and more chocolatey. SO GOOD.
  16. Wow love the use of the molasses, what an unexpected ingredient! I always make my granola at home, and can't wait to recreate the flavors here! Thanks for sharing!
      Thank you so much Sam, I appreciate that!!
  17. Thank you, Brandi, for publishing this recipe. I just tried it tonight. This granola is so good. It's hard to stop eating it! I'm going to take it on my cycling rides. :)
      Awesome Brenda! I'm so glad to hear you love it! I love to bring it when shopping and doing I don't hit those hunger pains. Thank you for leaving feedback!
  18. Chocolate and molasses are like peanut butter and jelly to me! I love love them together. In fact I really just love using molasses in so many things because it has this uncanny ability to just make things taste better! LOL This looks SO good!
      I agree! It's an amazing flavor enhancer to so many recipes without even knowing molasses is in there!
  19. What, no potato? Seriously Brandi? You've let us down. On a serious note, this looks AMAZING - AND somehow not really high-sugar either, which a lot of even relatively healthy granola recipes are. Which is fine of course, if you have the ability to eat homemade granola in moderation hah. I tend to avoid making it just because I eat practically the whole pan in one sitting!
      Hahaha! I know! I should rename my blog to The Vegan Potato! I know what you mean...most are filled with a lot of brown sugar and thanks! And I's so addicting, I can't stop eating it! Thank you Shonalika!
  20. OOOOH BRANDI!!! You always manage to make me hungry with your recipes, even at 9pm!!! I could literally eat a batch of this right now - you know how much I love chocolate, especially double chocolate!! Mmmm. Love the addition of the sun/almond butter too.
      Aww thanks so much Harriet! You are so sweet! The double chocolate really makes them some serious chocolate granola! I know you and I both love our chocolate, haha!
  21. I'm finally getting caught up and had to check out this recipe...well, because molasses AND chocolate!! One of my absolute favorite combos!! I don't have sunbutter on hand, so I'll have to use either almond or peanut butter. I think we're expecting a cooler day tomorrow, so we might get to break the oven ban for a day!!! If so, I'm definitely making this. Looks delicious!!
    • Woke up this morning to our house being only 60 degrees, so I took advantage, lifted the oven ban and made a batch of this granola! Holy yum!!! I can't stop eating it! So rich and chocolatey...I hope I'm able to save some for Josh when he gets home. Such a great snack and a perfect way to satisfy the sweet tooth. Another great granola recipe, Brandi!
        Yayyyy! I'm so happy you got a cooler day Mandy and even happier you made this and loved it so much!! Haha! I know what you mean....super hard not to eat it all in one sitting! I'm thrilled you loved it's super chocolatey and that's why I love, true chocolate flavor! :) Thank you for making it!!
      Haha! Awww thanks Mandy! I actually prefer it with almond butter myself, so I don't blame you!!
  22. Wow that looks awesome! Granola with lots of chunks--and chocolate--is my favorite, so I'm sure I would love this :)
      Thank you so much June! It's my favorite too!
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  24. I remember the days when I would eat BOAT LOADS of granola.... Man, if this recipe was on my radar, I would have been an EVEN HAPPIER GIRL!!
      Thank you so much Gigi!! I know you are stevia girl so hold tight, I have one coming!!
  25. granola is my all time weakness. I could literally just graze on it all day. I love this super chocolately version. All the best flavors in one simple recipe. Awesome!!
  26. Oh wow, Brandi! I am drooling over these stunning images! What an incredible looking granola!
  27. omgeee!!!! this looks amazing! chocolate granola I mean YUM! you totally can't go wraong with a snacking food that is CHOCOLATE! I love this recipe pinning it ;-)
      Thank you so much Michele! It is really a delicious granola!
  28. Wow! That looks so delicious! I was thinking yesterday that I need to make a granola so I'm going to try this!
  29. Brandi! You did it again! Another delicious recipe to add to my collection! This is the first time making chocolate granola, and to be honest I was skeptic about baking the chcolate chips... But holy wow! My boyfriend says it tastes like crunchy brownies. :) i made them the exact same way, except i added 1 tsp of vanilla extract when i took my butter/sweetener off the burner. Yum!!! Thanks!
      Thank you so much Ashley for such amazing feedback!! I really appreciate it, thank you so much for letting me know!
  30. I bet this would taste AMAZING as cereal in almond milk!! :)
      YES YES YES! It does! Try it :)
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  32. Made this granola today and all I can say is WOW. It is so chocolatey and so good. I can't stop munching on it. 😊
    Hi Geoffrey! You don't taste the molasses, it's just more for that crunch and cluster effect, but I imagine coconut sugar would work well too like you mentioned. Sounds yummy!

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