Healthy Chocolate Granola is Refined Sugar Free

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Healthy chocolate granola is a sweet addition to your morning yogurt. Refined sugar free.

Healthy chocolate granola is a sweet addition to your morning yogurt. Refined sugar free.

Good for breakfast and snack time

Granola is a favourite in our house because it does double duty. It’s a great breakfast with yogurt or sprinkled over cereal. It makes a good afternoon snack too, either with yogurt or on its own. If you leave jars of healthy chocolate granola out in the open your kids will snack on it. Guaranteed.

Granola is filled with healthy stuff

One of the reasons I love granola is that you can add so many healthy ingredients to it. From nuts and seeds to dried fruit, and of course rolled oats, granola can be a nutritional powerhouse. It can often be high in fat and sugar too. That’s why making your own is such a great idea — it helps you decide just how sweet you want it to be, and how rich.

This healthy chocolate granola recipe feels like a treat because it’s so chocolaty but it isn’t too sweet. If you’d like it a little sweeter add another tablespoon of molasses, maple syrup or mix a tablespoon of brown sugar into the oil-molasses mixture.

Healthy chocolate granola is a sweet addition to your morning yogurt. Refined sugar free.

Granola tips:

  • Add dried fruit after the granola has finished cooking. If you add raisins, dried cranberries or other fruit before cooking that fruit will get too hard.
  • Add a little water to reduce the amount of oil required.
  • Mix and match your nut, seed and fruit additions to suit your preferences and what you have in the cupboard. Try sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia, flax, walnuts, raisins, apricots…

Healthy Chocolate Granola (refined sugar free)

Healthy Chocolate Granola makes a great breakfast or snack. This recipe is filled with nutritious ingredients and is refined sugar free.

  • Author: Bridget Oland


  • ½ cup coconut oil*
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup almonds (sliced or whole, raw)
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

*Can use olive oil or grapeseed oil


  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. (Use two baking sheets if there is room in your oven.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 F
  3. Combine the oil, molasses and maple syrup in a small pot and warm over medium heat until coconut oil is melted. (Can omit this step if you’re using another type of oil)
  4. Stir in water and vanilla
  5. In a large bowl combine the oats, cocoa powder, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and salt. Pour over the liquid mixture and stir with a rubber spatula to combine.
  6. Scrape onto prepared pan(s) and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. If after 45 minutes it doesn’t seem quite dry leave it in the oven for an additional 15 minutes, with the oven turned off.
  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the dried cranberries.
  10. Cool completely and store in jars for up to three weeks.


*Can use olive oil or grapeseed oil

Replace almonds with sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Keywords: chocolate granola

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5 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Granola is Refined Sugar Free

  1. Carolyn Goblick says:

    Can I add 1 cup of wheat germ?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      Yes, wheat germ would be a great addition. I’d start with 1/2 cup. Or, if you go with a full cup you may want to add an extra tablespoon or two of water. Enjoy!

    2. Nancy says:

      I also make my husband’s granola, and I always put in about 1/2 cup of wheat germ and if I didn’t have any I put in oat or wheat bran. I have not tried Bridget’s recipe but I intend to next time I make granola, just made some so we’re good for a while. It’s nice to know approximately how many calories are in this.

  2. Doug says:

    Your recipe was amazing easy to make and taste even better. Thk u and keep the recipes coming.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Thanks Doug, glad you enjoyed it.

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