Cacao Chia Crunch Granola

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This recipe is basically a healthy version of my crunchy chocolate granola. However, it was actually inspired by an organic German granola by the brand Vegan Plus that I got for Christmas and that was gone within a week, whoops. It was super good, and the ingredients were oats, date juice concentrate, coconut oil, crushed cocoa beans, chia seeds, desiccated coconut, wholemeal rice flour, cocoa powder and sea salt – so that's what I tried to re-create!

Besides turning out super crunchy and chocolaty, this granola is rich in zinc from the cocoa beans, iron and magnesium from the oats, as well as calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from the chia seeds. Plus, it's extremely delicious. Isn't this the best (and healthiest) excuse to have chocolate at breakfast? (Yes, it is.)


Preparation time: 30 mins
Main ingredients: oats, chia seeds, coconut, cacao
difficulty level: easy
makes: 10 servings
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free


3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup cacao nibs
4 tbsp cacao powder
4 tbsp organic coconut oil
6 tbsp maple syrup (or agave)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt


Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.

Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Then add all wet ingredients and mix very well to evenly combine everything.

Snack a little, then transfer the mixture onto a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread loosely.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring once half way through baking. Take out of the oven and allow to cool for half an hour or longer. 

As you can see, it also has the choco milk effect!!

Stored in an airtight container, this will last for 1-2 months. (Theoretically – but knowing me it will be gone within a week...)

Try this with natural (soy / coconut) yogurt and fruit. I love it with banana, oat soy yogurt, a little bit of milk and blueberries, but strawberries, pear or almonds would also be great! Or try it as a crunchy topping on porridge or ice cream!