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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt GRANOLA! 9 ingredients, 30 minutes, naturally sweetened! #vegan #glutenfree #granola #chocolate #minimalistbaker

By now, you probably know I have a thing for granola. But what you probably don’t know is that I also have a thing for chocolate.

Wait. You already knew that, too (obviously). Hmph.

Well, then you won’t be surprised that I’m sharing a recipe for chocolate granola! Besides, who doesn’t want a (healthier) version of Cocoa Puffs in their life?

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt GRANOLA! 9 ingredients, 30 minutes, naturally sweetened! #vegan #glutenfree #granola #chocolate #minimalistbaker

This granola is inspired by one I tried recently by Purely Elizabeth. I demolished the whole bag in a matter of days and knew I wanted to create a version for the blog.

This recipe is simple, requiring just 9 ingredients and roughly 30 minutes to make!

The base is nuts, oats, chia seeds, and coconut. To keep things on the healthy side, I went with maple syrup and coconut sugar for natural sweetness. And the chocolate flavor comes from both cocoa powder and vegan dark chocolate! Yessss, come to Mama.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt GRANOLA! 9 ingredients, 30 minutes, naturally sweetened! #vegan #glutenfree #granola #chocolate #minimalistbaker

I hope you all LOVE this granola! It’s:

Perfectly sweet
Protein- + fiber-rich
Quick + Easy to make
& Delicious!

This would make the perfect quick breakfast or on-the-go snack. I love adding this granola to some coconut yogurt and berries for an easy summertime breakfast or snack when I don’t feel like cooking.

For more granola recipes, be sure to check out our 7-Ingredient Quinoa Granola, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola, Banana Bread Granola, Nut ‘n’ Honey Coconut Granola, Chunky Coconut Granola, Strawberry Coconut Granola, Grain-Free Granola, and Gingerbread Granola!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt GRANOLA! 9 ingredients, 30 minutes, naturally sweetened! #vegan #glutenfree #granola #chocolate #minimalistbaker

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Granola


9-ingredient granola infused with cocoa powder, naturally sweetened, and full of plant-based protein and fiber! The perfect plant-based breakfast or snack.


Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Serves: 4.5 cups


  • 3 cups (270 g) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup (~100 g) chopped raw nuts (almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts are best)
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) desiccated or shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp (20 g) chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp (36 g) coconut or organic cane sugar (or other dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup (32 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) coconut (or avocado) oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) maple syrup, plus more to taste (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • optional: 1/2 cup (90 g) vegan dark chocolate chips or chunks (sweeter chocolate is best – I like Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate bar)


  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (171 C).
  2. To a food processor (or mixing bowl), add the oats, nuts, coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, salt, and cocoa powder. Pulse a few times (or stir) to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil and maple syrup until melted and combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix or stir well. If using a food processor, this breaks down the oats and nuts a bit more so it’s a finer texture, but this is optional.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 17-24 minutes (or until fragrant and deep golden brown), stirring a bit near the halfway point to ensure even baking.
  5. Let cool completely. Then add chocolate (optional). Place in a container that has an air-tight seal, and it should keep for a few weeks. Or store in the freezer up to 1 month or longer.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 9 (1/2 cup) servings calculated with the 90 g dark chocolate.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup (1 of 9 servings) Calories: 364 Fat: 19.1 g Saturated fat: 9.5 g Carbohydrates: 44.7 g Sugar: 18.1 g Sodium: 225 mg Fiber: 6.9 g Protein: 8.2 g



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