A simple 10-ingredient hot chocolate granola that makes the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert. It’s vegan, nut-free, oil-free, and delicious! Grab a bowl (or a mug) and dig in.
Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate granola? I mean, wait…did I say granola? Yup, I did! And that’s what I meant. Ok, you don’t have to eat it out of a cup but a really large bowl of it would probably be a fantastic idea! Let’s get started.
Why you’ll love it
Aside from tasting like a fresh cup of hot chocolate you’ll love this granola because it’s:
You have to promise that you’ll follow these tips for making the perfect granola. Because even though you have this awesome recipe, if you fail to do these few simple things your granola might not turn out quite as perfectly as it should.
- First, make sure your rimmed baking sheet is lined with parchment paper or a mat. Otherwise your granola will stick and burn.
- Next, firmly press your raw granola into the baking sheet. Make sure that it is evenly pressed into the pan and that there are no holes in the granola where you can see the parchment paper. Evenly pressed and spread = chunky granola.
- Lastly, LET IT COOL! Please, please resist the urge to break the granola apart when it’s still hot, or even just warm. Letting it cool completely will make it brittle and perfect for breaking into large chunks. This granola is pretty crunchy right out of the oven so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to break it apart. You only have to be a little patient.
Hot Chocolate Granola
There’s not much to this granola really. Preheat your oven to 325*F, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and grab a large bowl. That’s it! Let’s go! In your large bowl, add the wet ingredients and, using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Dump in the dry ingredients and mix everything together. Press the granola onto the parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes. When the granola is done, it might still be soft but it’ll crunch up as it cools.
Now that the granola is ready let’s talk about add ins shall we? May I suggest…vegan mini marshmallows and chunks of dark chocolate! The granola is awesome on it’s own don’t get me wrong. But the simple addition of rich creamy dark chocolate and soft chewy marshmallows will really up the texture and flavor profile of this granola.
Pro tip: totally add in the chocolate and store at room temperature. But the marshmallows? Don’t add those in before storage. Their moisture will soften the granola and remove that amazing crunch you worked so hard to get. Don’t undo your hard work. Say it with me: “I will add the marshmallows only RIGHT BEFORE I eat the granola.” Good job! Thanks!
Ingredient Health Benefits
Chocolate- magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E; pantothenic acid; phenolic phytochemicals; flavonoids; caffeine; theobromine (antioxidant)
Cinnamon- manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber
Oats- vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, fiber
Sesame (tahini)- lignans (fight hormonally driven cancers, breast and prostate), phytosterols
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Hot Chocolate Granola
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup runny tahini
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- mini vegan marshmallows
- dark chocolate chunks (or chocolate of choice)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix thoroughly using a rubber spatula.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until all the dry ingredients are coated and moist.
- Pour the granola onto the parchment paper and press down evenly. Remember, this is small batch granola so it will probably only cover about ½ of the baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes checking after 15 to prevent burning. Allow the granola to cool completely before breaking into chuncks.
- Store in an airtight container or add chocolate and mini marshmallows and enjoy.