German Chocolate Granola

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It’s like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

My husband always seems to meet famous people that I like when I’m not around.  Once he met former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, which was a big deal to me being that I’ve been a Dodger fan since I was 9.  And my husband hates baseball!

And naturally he had to text me a picture of himself and Tommy.

Another time he was at a restaurant in New York and met restauranteur and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio.  He texted me and said “what’s the guy’s name that hosts that cooking show that you watch?”, and proceeded to describe him. 

I couldn’t think of who he was talking about because I watch a lot of cooking shows.  Then he texted me a photo of himself with Tom.  

So this past weekend I was out of town for my son’s water polo tournament, and my husband was at a work event.  He texted me a photo of himself and Guy Fieri, and I got really mad because I love all of Guy’s shows! 

This time is different, however, as my husband set it up so that I could go to the filming of an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games this Thursday.

As in tomorrow.  As in Valentine’s Day.

My husband can’t get away from work so I’m going with my sister in law, and we’re so excited!  We’re actually spending Valentine’s Day with Guy Fieri. 

Now I’m not so bitter about my husband meeting famous people. ๐Ÿ™‚

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

German Chocolate Granola

Let’s get to the real point of this post and discuss this German Chocolate Granola.  I’ll admit that it isn’t quite as exciting as meeting Guy Fieri, but it’s pretty close. 

Like my German Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats, this granola provides me a healthier way to enjoy the flavors of my favorite german chocolate cake.

This chocolate granola is full of wholesome ingredients, and happens to be gluten-free, dairy free and vegan.

German Chocolate Granola is full of crunchy, big clusters just the way I like it, with big chocolate flavor, toasted coconut flakes and pecans.

That’s pretty exciting in my book!

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

How to make German Chocolate Granola

This granola couldn’t be easier to make, and it comes together in one bowl, because I hate doing dishes.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the coconut oil in a large bowl, then whisk in maple syrup, cocoa powder and salt until combined.  Stir in the oats, pecans, coconut flakes and chia seeds until well coated with the wet ingredients.

Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer about 1/4″ thick and pack it down.  Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and fragrant, rotating the pan about halfway through the baking time.  

The key to achieving big cluster granola is not stirring it during baking.  Once it’s done, remove it and allow to cool without stirring.  Once the granola has cooled, break it into big clusters and stir in the chocolate chips.

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

How to store homemade granola

Store homemade granola in an air tight container at room temperature for about 2 weeks.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Use dark chocolate cocoa powder for even bigger chocolate flavor.

I used Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips in this recipe.  Use your favorite or substitute with cacao nibs.

The coconut flakes may be substituted with unsweetened shredded coconut.

The maple syrup may be substituted with your favorite sweetener.

This granola is just sweet enough.  If you like yours sweeter, increase the amount of sweetener from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup.

German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)

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German Chocolate Granola

Yield: About 5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
German Chocolate Granola is crunchy, big cluster chocolate granola with coconut and pecans.ย  It's like german chocolate cake in a bowl! (GF, V)
German Chocolate Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds until melted. Add the maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the oats, pecans, coconut flakes and chia seeds and stir until the dry ingredients are well coated with the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared pan and spread in an even layer, about 1/4โ€ณ thick, packing it down well. Packing it down will result in big clusters!
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25 minutes or until golden and fragrant, rotating the pan after 15 minutesโ€ฆ.do not stir! Remove from heat and cool completely without stirring.
  6. Once cooled, break the granola up into chunks and stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Enjoy in a bowl with milk or by the handful!

Notes

  • Store granola in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • The dairy free chocolate chips may be substituted with raw cacao nibs.
  • The coconut flakes may be substituted with finely shredded unsweetened coconut.
  • Use dark chocolate cocoa powder for even bigger chocolate flavor.
  • The maple syrup may be substituted with your favorite sweetener.
  • This granola is just sweet enough. If you like yours sweeter, increase the amount of sweetener from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

About 1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 76mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 13g Protein: 6g
Nutrition information is an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used or substitutions that are made.

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