How to Make Chocolate Granola

Homemade Chocolate Granola, a crunchy delightful treat with 3 kinds of chocolate, almonds and oh.. did I mention chocolate covered dried cranberries?  Trust me , this might be a game changer! 


Chocolate Granola Recipe
This chocolate granola recipe has perfect for little gifts for the holidays, but also a great treat for breakfast, or to sprinkle into some Vanilla Yogurt, or ice cream. Your family and friends will go crazy over it, and you will find yourself hiding batches of it, to save some just for you!

I  make granola all the time with my easy "ratio" recipe full of all sorts of options, but recently had a store bought box of chocolate granola, and liked it, but knew homemade would be better!  Feel free to play around a bit with it yourself and  find what you like.

Jan's Tips: 

  • Feel free to swap out melted coconut oil if you prefer over a vegetable oil. it works great and my daugher and daughter in law both prefer coconut oil.
  • I picked up an 8 oz. container of dark chocolate covered dried cranberries from the "bulk" section near produce at my local Krogers, but Dark Chocolate covered raisins (such as the Raisinets brand found in an 8 oz bag in the candy aisle)  is what my son loves! you can't go wrong with either choice. also add in's such as shredded coconut, sunflower or my fav: pumpkin seeds (pepitas)  work fantastic too. 
  • Maple Syrup or corn syrup or even agave  instead of honey works just fine too, just don't use molasses in my opinion. 

Let's get baking!

Printable Copy

Chocolate Almond Granola


3 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups (6 oz bag) slivered almonds

1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seed

1 1/2 teaspoons wheat germ

1/4 cup vegetable oil (such as canola) 

1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) 

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup honey (can cut in half if want it less sweet and a bit drier to bake it) 

1/2 cup chocolate chips

8 oz. dark chocolate covered dried cranberries or raisins.

Other optional add ins: seeds (sunflower , pumpkin kernals) or substiture other chopped nuts, shredded coconut works well here too.


  • Preheat over to 350° , line a cookie sheet with silicone mat (or parchment paper) and set aside.
  • in large bowl place oats, and slivered almonds, ground flax seeds, and wheat germ, mix together, set aside. 
  • In separate bowl, mix together : oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar and honey till well blended. 
  • Pour wet mixture over oat mixture and stir till oats are well blended and all ingredients are moistened. 
  • Spread mixture in even layer onto prepared baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes. stopping at 15 minutes to stir/ turn over mixture. 
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle chocolate chips while granola is still warm, stirring to blend. This will create little larger clumps/ clusters of granola. 
  • Let cool completely, break up lightly as needed.
  • Sprinkle evenly the chocolate covered dried cranberries or raisins along with any additional add ins. Mix well, ,and store in air tight container or bag. 

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