This is my latest chocolate granola recipe that I think is just about ready to share with you. It’s so crunchy and delicious that my family can’t keep their hands off of this one. The recipe just about fills as litre mason jar full which should last a week or so, but the last two times I’ve cooked it it didn’t make the next day!! But it’s so full of the healthy stuff and not too much honey or maple syrup that I really don’t mind them nibbling away at this.
I’ve tried quite a few granola recipes, different timings in the oven and experimented with lots of flavours including a lovely beetroot and apple granola which I’ll also post on here soon. But this is my very favourite ultimate chocolate granola which is crunchy, chocolatey but not too bitter, pretty damn healthy and the kids love it.
If you want to ween your kids off cocoa pops then this could be the answer!
Warning – if you leave this granola on the side, you can’t help but have a nibble. It’s full of healthy fats and unrefined sugar and lots of grain free nutritious foods.
This one has buckwheat groats and plain puffed rice – then with a good amount of hazlenuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds. I’ve in the past omitted the puffed rice which still works, but the puffed rice gives it a certain soft velvety crunch that sort of melts in the mouth – mmmmm – just divine.
The trick to this perfect granola is to cook on very low – 125C works well for me. This makes sure that nothing gets burnt. You do have to cook for a bit longer, but there’s nothing worse that opening the oven door to a slightly burnt granola round the edges which nearly always happens to me when I cook at a higher temperature from other recipes. It also has just a little cacoa in which doesn’t make it too bitter. It’s a matter of preference but the kids and I both prefer a mild chocolate flavour which brings out the natural sweetness of the granola.
Please comment below how you get on with this and what other flavours you like. I’d love to know. You can play around with the ingredients list, substituting other nuts or seeds depending on what you like or what you have in the cupboard. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
Gluten Free Chocolate Granola
This is a fool proof granola recipe that's crunchy chocolatey and healthy too!
- 100g buckwheat groats
- 40g puffed rice
- 30g sunflower seeds
- 30g flaked almonds
- 50g roughly chopped hazelnuts
- 20g coconut flakes
- 20g desiccated coconut
- 20g shelled hemp hearts
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Step 1 Preheat your oven to 125 C
- Step 2 Put the coconut oil and honey in a pan
- Step 3 Put it on the lowest heat on your smallest ring to gently heat melt.
- Step 4 Once just melted add the cacao powder, vanilla and salt.
- Step 5 Add all the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl.
- Step 6 Pour in the heated chocolate oil and mix together well.
- Step 7 Line a large baking tray with baking paper
- Step 8 Pour the mixture onto the tray making sure you fill every corner. Push it down flat and evenly.
- Step 9 Pop it in the oven for 30 mins.
- Step 10 Then turn the mixture with a heat resistant spatula and cook for another 15 mins.
- Step 11 It should be a nice dark colour.
- Step 12 To check is it is cooked – eat a hazelnut – it should be crispy and toasted flavour but not burnt.