Chef John's Chocolate Granola
Ingredients1 h 10 m servings 128
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
- Combine brown sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, salt, cayenne pepper, and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Add oats and almonds. Toss and smear the mixture together using a spatula until well coated. Spread mixture evenly over a silicone-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Toss granola with a fork, breaking up any clumps to get a finer texture. Continue baking until desired texture is reached, 30 to 60 minutes more. Sprinkle some granola onto a plate; if it clinks, it is ready. Turn off the oven and leave granola inside the oven to dry and cool to room temperature.
- Chef's Notes:
- I used Guittard® Cocoa Rouge, a Dutch-process cocoa, which has a lower acidity than regular cocoa.
- If you want a stickier granola, that will more easily clump together, you can up the brown sugar and maple syrup a bit, as I used the bare minimum in this recipe, but I think it's plenty sweet enough, especially if you're a fan of dark chocolate.
- Accessorize this as you see fit. Coconut flakes are an obvious choice, as are other usual suspects like dried fruit, any and all nuts, and assorted seeds.
Per Serving: 128 calories; 5.5 18.4 2.8 0 106 Full nutrition
ReviewsRead all reviews 13
The first granola I ever made and it was very delicious. Just a bit too sweet for my taste, will reduce the amount of sugar and syrup by a litte next time.
Amazing, and so easy! I made it with dried coconut the first time, and it was an awesome combo. This has become a go-to recipe, and I’m so glad it showed me how easy granola is!
This with vanilla ice cream is outstanding! You’ve done it again chef great job!
I was looking for something akin to Cocoa Krispies and this was pretty close. I didn't use Cayenne. The final result seemed really salty so I might cut that in half next time. 5 stars to the hil...
This granola was good, but it's you want to add fruit, don't mix it in, add it after baking.
Brilliant!! I was looking for a recipe similar to the spicy chocolate granola Sprouts used to sell in bulk. This is exactly the same. Very forgiving - my splooshing wasn’t as good as photos- ...
This is an amazing granola recipe. I’m going to try it with almond milk for breakfast. It tastes really good by itself too. It would be great for a yogurt parfait too