Crunchy, sweet, rich, healthy - this quick and easy paleo chocolate granola recipe is a staple in my kitchen. It’s easy to snack on between meals, pack in a baggie to go, or add to yogurt, chia seed or smoothies. I’m such a granola freak that I could eat a whole bag in one sitting. Yet, I realized that this is the best and easiest way to consume tons of calories and carbs without thinking and without eating a proper meal. So I set out on a mission to find a healthier version of granola that still satisfies the chocolate-lover sweet tooth.
This granola recipe has dried apple slices in it and pumpkin seeds which are lower in calories than using just nuts. The dried fruit and the seeds add two different textures to create a fun chunky mixture.
1 cup of pumpkin seeds peeled
1 cup of regular pumpkin seeds
1 cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup of sliced dried apples
1 cup of golden raisins
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of honey
1 tbsp of vanilla
2 tbsp of cacao powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 200F and prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper or foil and cooking spray.
- Add the pumpkin seeds, coconut, dried apples, and raisins to a bowl and mix together. Set aside.
- Place coconut oil, honey and vanilla in a pan over low heat and stir until completely combined. While warm, pour over the dry ingredients and toss with two spoons or your hands until the ingredients are covered.
- Mix in the cacao powder and cinnamon. Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan, pressing it into a thin layer with a fork.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes. Be careful not to overcook, the dried fruit will burn and turn hard!
This recipe is a hodgepodge of ingredients that you might not even consider a granola. Most granola recipes have nuts and/or some sort of grain to add texture and substance. That’s great until you eat handful after handful and turn something supposedly healthy into thousands of calories. While I still don’t recommend eating the entire batch of this granola, it’s a little bit lighter but still rich in flavor. The cacao and cinnamon add that chocolatey touch that satisfy your sweet-tooth, while the pumpkin seeds and dried fruit create a crunchy texture. It’s the perfect grain-free chocolate granola recipe to snack on!