Chocolate Coconut Granola (Vegan)

There’s nothing more cereal-ously satisfying to know that many of you still enjoy making this maple granola for your breakfasts.  For chocolate and coconut lovers, I’ve now taken it to a nutty, new level. Make way for a bowl of healthy dark Chocolate Coconut Granola with juicy dried cranberries, toasted brazil nuts and seeds. What’s more, it just so happens to be vegan.

chocolate coconut vegan granola

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola

No Added Sugar

You may know I have a sweet tooth – but not THAT sweet. Too much sugar can totally kill a dessert or a macaron filling overloaded with it. Likewise, for breakfast, I prefer sugar kept to the minimum.

When it comes to granola, the beauty of making homemade is you can control this.  By adding natural sugars via healthy, dried fruits and maple syrup, there is NO ADDED SUGAR. Add the dried fruits after baking so that the juicy fruit retains all of its healthy nutrients.

chocolate coconut granola vegan

Gluten Free

If necessary, please do ensure your oats are specifically labelled as being GLUTEN FREE if you follow a strict diet or you are Celiac.

Vegan

If you are following a strict vegan diet, use vegan dark chocolate for the recipe. Good quality chocolate chips are good, as are dark chocolate chips. If you’re not following a vegan diet, however, you may prefer to use milk chocolate which will work well.

Good Quality Chocolate

The secret is adding the chocolate after baking – so that it melts into the hot cereal.  As soon as the chocolate melts, stir the granola around again to mix it well together.

Nuts & Seeds

Brazil nuts are particularly good for selenium (great for memory). Just 2 brazil nuts a day will have you covered – just don’t forget to buy them!  Sesame seeds (and poppy seeds if you’d like to add these too) are good natural sources of calcium. All this makes for a HEALTHY THYROID too – and, if you’re like me without one, great for staying healthy.

 

Dark chocolate coconut granola

 

Chocolate Coconut Granola (Vegan)

5 from 4 votes
chocolate coconut granola vegan
Chocolate Coconut Granola
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Homemade dark chocolate Granola with coconut, brazil nuts, cranberries and sesame seeds make this one of the best ways to go vegan

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate granola, granola, vegan granola
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Jill Colonna
Ingredients
  • 300 g (10.5oz) jumbo oats (if on a strict GF diet, ensure they're labelled gluten free)
  • 100 g (3.5oz) brazil nuts roughly chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) sunflower seeds
  • 25 g (1oz) sesame seeds
  • 50 g (2oz) dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (or a few drops vanilla extract)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Van Houten)
  • 75 g (3oz) coconut oil melted if in a block
  • 125 g (4.5oz) maple syrup
To add after baking:
  • 100 g (3.5oz) dried cranberries
  • 140 g (5oz) dark chocolate chips or drops (Vegan if necessary)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/350°F (Gas 4).

  2. Using a digital scale, measure all the ingredients (except the chocolate and dried fruits) in a large bowl and stir to mix them all well together.

  3. Cover a baking tray with baking paper (or a silicone mat). Spread out the oat mixture evenly. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, turn over the mixture and return to the oven for a further 20-25 minutes.

  4. Immediately sprinkle over the chocolate chips/drops and the dried fruits. After about 10 minutes, turn over the granola to mix in the partially melted chocolate and juicy dried fruits. Leave to cool and for the chocolate to set.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy at its best within 10 days.

Serve with almond milk, fresh berries or with homemade rhubarb compote for a vegan breakfast or any of your favourite vegan accompaniments.
Otherwise enjoy with yoghurt, milk or Skyr (we're seeing this appearing from Iceland in French supermarkets all of a sudden - it's great!)

Jill Colonna

MadAboutMacarons.com

Chocolate coconut granola vegan

10 replies
  1. Choclette
    Choclette says:

    5 stars
    I am so up for chocolate coconut granola for breakfast. I haven’t made any chocolate granola for ages and ages and now I’ve seen yours, looking so generous and delicious, I’m really craving it. Making your own is soooooo much better I find than shop bought.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I can’t agree more with you, Choclette. Even Lucie’s coveted Shreddies she gets from her sister in the UK used to be so special. Now it’s still not touched and she has this granola. I have to admit, it’s decadent but there’s no sugar in it and with good chocolate, it’s in a class of its own! Here’s to our homemade stuff.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I’m thrilled you have tried it, Sisley. I agree. Once you start with this, though, there’s no turning back to the supermarket stuff!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Another funny one for us, indeed. I forgot to mention that Lucie only loves chocolate cereals and so I bet her I could win her around to eating homemade only without the ton of unnecessary sugar. I won! 🙂

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      • Christina Conte
        Christina Conte says:

        5 stars
        Have to come back to say that I made this tasty granola yesterday and absolutely love it, even without brazil nuts. I made it without nuts as I want to send it to my nut-allergic daughter, but I have 2 lbs of brazils coming tomorrow! Yippee!

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