Don't be deceived by its indulgent, chocolaty flavor--this granola contains less sugar than most. Introducing cocoa into the mix not only makes it delicious, but it also makes it better for you! Possibly... The point is this really tastes great, with a pronounced chocolate flavor, and would make a wonderful treat for chocolate lovers and hippies alike.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
14
Yield:
3 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

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  • 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(R) 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.

Nutrition Facts

128 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 18.4g; fat 5.5g; sodium 105.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2018
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. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2018
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2018
This with vanilla ice cream is outstanding! You ve done it again chef great job! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2018
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2018
Excellent Granola Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2019
This granola was good but it's you want to add fruit don't mix it in add it after baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2018
Uh oh! So awesome! Substituted Splenda for brown sugar but still used maple syrup. Al so used the coconut oil mentioned in the video. Cayenne! Next time I'll try 2 dashes! Heading out to get yogurt for tonight's parfait. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2020
Tasty and easy. Added shredded coconut; also used melted coconut oil. Might reduce the brown sugar next time though since we already have enough sugar in our diets. :) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2019
This recipe is FANTASTIC!! I did think it was a bit too sweet the first time I made it so I cut the brown sugar to 1/4 c. It could probably be cut back a hair more but I didn't want to incite a riot in my house. I share this recipe with whomever I know would enjoy it. I do leave out the pepper sorry Chef John.:-) I also use coconut oil. I can't count how many times I have made this recipe and I always make a double batch. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2021
Great Taste, simple to make. Read More
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