Chocolate Nut Granola [Gluten Free]


I reignited a granola monster earlier this month. As I mentioned, my best friend Carly came to visit for a week from NYC. As I am on the quest to constantly be a perfect hostess, I like to have snacks on hand for my friends whenever they are at my place. Granola is a great option – you can have it for breakfast with yogurt and fruit, as a snack by the handful and it’s easy to send some home for those hangry airport moments.


I kind of plowed through this granola in a week.

I haven’t made a very good granola in months. I’ve been pretty disappointed with most of my endeavors as of late. Also I’ve burned a lot of granola as of late. Sometimes I try to brainstorm things I could do to make money on the side as far as food goes and I think making granola is a viable option but then so many people are in the granola game – and excelling at it.


Having homemade granola on hand is an easy way to be a great hostess.

Once I put some thought and a timer back into the granola game, I made a killer granola. I tried making this recipe without oil as well and it didn’t turn out¬†quite as delicious. Plus I think the coconut oil really helps the chocolate flavor come through. This chocolate nut granola really made me feel like I could make a non-failure granola once again.


Chocolate nut granola – can’t stop, won’t stop.

Sunday morning, my friend Chrissy and I walked to the Philz truck in the Marina for a coffee. We were discussing what to make for breakfast before I had to take her to the airport and at first we said waffles… until she admitted to wanting yogurt because this granola was awesome. So don’t just take my word for it – make this ASAP.

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Chocolate Nut Granola [Gluten Free]
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 16 servings
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cocoa, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined. Make a well in the middle.
  3. Mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until oats begin to brown and become fragrant, flipping carefully once after 20 minutes.
  6. Let sit until completely cool up to overnight.
  7. Store in an airtight container up to a week.

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20 comments on “Chocolate Nut Granola [Gluten Free]

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on April 27, 2015 7:16 am

um, you know how I feel about granola, so if you had this for me, I’m pretty sure that I would never ever ever ever leave. This is the perfect hostess moment!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 27, 2015 7:46 am

How sweet you made granola for your friend when she came to stay! It looks yummy!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on April 27, 2015 9:45 am

I love that you added pumpkin seeds and pecans to this! I’ll have to try it out with GF oats :)
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Holly on April 27, 2015 10:54 am

This sounds delicious–I pinned it to try later!
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Victoria on April 27, 2015 11:13 am

LOVE chocolate granola. I haven’t tried to make it myself yet. This recipe looks doable though so perhaps I should change that.
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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on April 27, 2015 11:30 am

Yum! An egg always seals the crunch factor for me.
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Sam @ PancakeWarriors on April 27, 2015 11:53 am

I have to agree with you on the coconut oil = better chocolate flavor! I’ve tried it without the coconut oil and it’s not as great! Thanks for sharing!
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Janelle @ Run With No Regrets on April 27, 2015 1:06 pm

I love granola and this looks really yummy!!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on April 27, 2015 1:22 pm

It’s crazy dangerous for me to keep granola around… especially when it involves chocolate. I can go through that stuff like nobody’s business. I’d love to sell some kind of no-bake bars or bites, though. Then I don’t have to worry about burning them ;)
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Lily Lau on April 27, 2015 2:28 pm

I’ll make sure to have chocolate granola always available for my guests, thank you for sharing :)

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on April 27, 2015 4:48 pm

Love this granola mix! Yum yum!
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Clare Speer on April 27, 2015 5:23 pm

Your pictures make it look so so delicious!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on April 27, 2015 7:46 pm

ohh I need this right now! granola is my kryptonite and air snack of choice…I’m doomed!
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Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living on April 27, 2015 10:14 pm

I haven’t made homemade granola in way too long – love the cocoa and coconut oil in your recipe – so tempting!
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Amber on April 29, 2015 6:44 am

I have a lot of respect for those who make their own granola…i am lazy and have no self control and would eat it all or burn it! I wish I could go into a food business, but realistically it’s SO much work, I’d want to make healthy comfort food replicas that were gluten and dairy free :)
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Cassie on May 4, 2015 11:21 pm

I really need to stop having it in the house because it is dangerous….

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Georgie on April 30, 2015 10:11 am

Yum! I absolutely love homemade granola. When ever I visit home my mom always has a GIANT jar of homemade granola and it’s amazing. I try to keep a lot of different snack options for people because you don’t want anyone getting hangry

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Cassie on May 4, 2015 11:22 pm

Yes, not getting hangry is key!!

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Jessica @Myhealthypassion on April 30, 2015 1:34 pm

Yum! I’ll try this!
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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on May 4, 2015 11:31 pm

Ah yes, I am a granola monster for sure… Right now I have chocolate almond granola and blueberry honey granola in my kitchen – and now that I’ve seen this post, they’re both calling my name!
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