Chocolate Cinnamon Granola

I love to snack. In the past my snacking involved too many chips, chocolate or crackers and cheese. Nowadays, not so much. The Funyuns would tend to leave me with an upset stomach…hmm wonder why! These days I snack on almonds, carrots, kale chips or this yummy granola. I have an insane sweet tooth so I came up with this recipe to satisfy it without the guilt. It has my two favorite flavors in it, chocolate and cinnamon. Combine the two and you’re in heaven. Like I mentioned before, I have a slight obsession with chocolate so this granola had to have cocoa in it! I personally use dark cocoa, not the regular. It has a much more intense flavor, which in my opinion, just taste better for granola. So if you can, use the dark cocoa.

To give these as a gift, it only takes a few inexpensive, decorative items. Select a small glass jar, some decorative ribbon, a rubber band and decorative fabric. I just cut the fabric in a circle a couple inches larger than the circumference of the jar top. Secure the fabric around the jar with a rubberband and decorate with ribbon. I used a wire ribbon here to hold the shape of the bow. Very simple, colorful and tasty looking! Most of all….it says “personal”! I got all of these supplies at Michael’s craft store except the fabric was from Hancock Fabrics.

Recipe:  Serves 6 heaping half cup portions  Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 20 mins

Gluten-free (Make sure to purchase gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version, as well as make sure other ingredients are labeled to be in a gluten-free facility)

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Dry ingredients:

3 cups old fashioned oats

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup sunflower kernels or chopped pecan pieces

3 tablespoons dark cocoa (better flavor than regular cocoa)

2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup grade A dark amber pure maple syrup

1/4 cup raw amber agave or brown rice syrup

3 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat an oven to 325 degrees.

In two separate bowls, combine the dry and then the wet ingredients.  Now pour the wet into the dry and stir until evenly coated. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola out evenly and press down with the back of the spoon to make the granola stick. It should be about 1/2 inch high for nice size chunks. Bake for about 30 minutes until very golden brown and firm. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Let cool for 15 minutes or so. It will harden as it cools. Once cool, break into chunks. Store in a ziplock bag or Tupperware. It also makes a great healthy gift as you can see what I did here in the photo!

Tip:  As an option you can throw in some chocolate chips. Do this as soon as you remove from the oven by just dropping them over the cooked granola. It will slightly melt into the granola. Yum.


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Categories: Appetizers, Chocolate, Gift Ideas, Gluten Free, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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9 Comments on “Chocolate Cinnamon Granola”

  1. July 20, 2012 at 4:18 PM #

    Yum! Looks not only healthy, but pleasing to the eye and belly. 😉 Thanks for the keeper recipe!

    • July 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM #

      Thanks so much August! Very yummy and makes a great, adorable little gift that is personal and you can feel good about giving! Hope you like it! 🙂

  2. Lesli
    August 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM #

    This granola is amazing! So much better than store bought and so easy to make! Can’t wait to make it again! Two thumbs up!

  3. August 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    Thanks Lesli! I’m so glad you finally tried it! I told you it was easy 🙂

  4. August 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM #

    I have made your chocolate granola & it rocked my taste buds! ooh yes! 🙂 Yummie!

  5. August 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM #

    That’s awesome to hear Sophie!! I love this stuff because it’s nutritious, delicious and filling too!! Thank you!

  6. October 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM #

    Oh gosh, I know what you mean about snacking. I am constantly munching 🙂 this looks so yummy though. Perfect idea for easy holiday gifts!

  7. August 13, 2013 at 2:53 AM #

    This sounds delish and the way you packaged it is beautiful! Celeste 🙂


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