Delicious on its own, or served on top of dairy-free yogurt, this Chocolate Paleo Granola is tasty and filling. You’ll never go back to oat filled granola once you’ve enjoyed a serving of this chocolaty, crunchy, grain-free granola. It’s an easy paleo granola recipe that everyone will love.
For more paleo recipes ideas check out my Paleo Recipes.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts about breakfast, you’ll know that my kids are spoiled with homemade breakfast items: muffins, donuts, cereal, etc. I like making them homemade breakfasts so I know exactly what they are putting into their growing bodies. I also try to sneak in healthy fats and protein, so they aren’t filling up on empty calories. But don’t tell them that.
My oldest daughter loves granola, but gluten-free granola can be hard to find, and quite expensive. With my husband and I trying to eat more Paleo, I thought I’d make a Chocolate Paleo Granola that everyone in our family can enjoy. It’s loaded with good, healthy ingredients and it’s something that we can all eat.
The unsweetened cocoa adds depth to this paleo granola recipe making it our favorite paleo granola.
Paleo Granola Recipe
You can use a food processor or a blender to process the nuts in this paleo granola recipe. I used a food processor, and processed the nuts one at a time because I couldn’t fit them all into my small processor at once. If you don’t like the nuts listed in this paleo granola recipe, feel free to mix it up and add nuts and seeds that you like.
Just note that peanuts aren’t Paleo, and I don’t recommend adding them to this chocolate paleo granola. They tend to grind into a paste quicker and they can burn easily. We don’t keep peanuts in the house because my youngest can’t eat them. If you do add peanuts, consider adding them in after the granola cooks.
Ingredients in Chocolate Paleo Granola
- raw almonds
- raw pecans
- raw pumpkin seeds
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- unsweetened cocoa
- coconut oil, melted
- pure maple syrup
- gluten-free vanilla extract
If needed, you can use honey or a sugar-free sweetener in this paleo granola recipe in place of the maple syrup.
You can purchase paleo granola at the store but in my opinion, it’s more expensive. Keep an eye on sales for nuts and seeds, stock up, and make homemade paleo granola. It’s fresh, cheaper, and you can make it exactly the way you want it.
How to make Paleo Granola
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Position the oven rack in center of oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Add almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds to a food processor and process until they are small chunks, but not a nut-meal. If you don’t have a food processor large enough, you can process them one at a time.
- Add the processed nuts, coconut, and unsweetened cocoa to a large mixing bowl.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the nut mixture and mix until the nut mixture is well coated.
- Spread the granola evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until crispy and dry. Don not stir or mix while it’s baking.
- Allow to cool completely on the pan.
- Store in a glass jar, or airtight container for up to two weeks. Makes 8-10 cups of granola.
For the list of ingredients, please see the chocolate paleo granola recipe card below.
This Chocolate Paleo Granola is sweetened with pure maple syrup and lightly oiled with coconut oil, to help it crunch up. Don’t omit the salt, it really helps to bring out the flavors in the nuts, and the cocoa. I like to enjoy this Chocolate Paleo Granola for breakfast, or in a trial-mix as an after workout snack.
If you are looking for more Paleo breakfast ideas, I have you covered. Check out my Paleo Chocolate Muffins. If you want to stick with chocolate you’ll want to make my Paleo Chocolate Muffins.
Did you make this chocolate paleo granola? Please leave a starred rating and a comment below letting me know what you thought!
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Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 277mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 5g Protein: 9g