Chocolate Chip Granola

Chocolate Chip Granola | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

Earlier this month when we went to the beach, I stocked our car snack bag with a few bags of granola that Nature Valley had sent my way. Believe it or not, I’m usually anti-chocolate when it comes to breakfast, so I’d never tried a chocolate or chocolate chip granola before. Not long into our trip, we busted open the bag of Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate, and dug in. Suffice it to say, we were totally hooked by the second handful. I loved the mild, plain-ish flavor of the oats combined with the dark chocolate. It was sort of like eating crumbled up oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Which is never, ever a bad thing.

It didn’t take very long before it was decided that I needed to try recreating the granola at home. I made my first batch with chopped dark chocolate, but that turned into a terribly messy event. The chocolate never set after coming out of the oven, which rendered it pretty much impossible to eat with your hands.

Chocolate Chip Granola | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

On to round number two… I took my favorite crunchy granola recipe, stripped away all of the nuts and dried fruit, and simply added two cups of chocolate chips. This turned out a much better result, seeing as how chocolate chips generally hold their shape when baked, and will remain firm enough when cooled down to be handled. Success!

If you’re down with chocolate in your breakfast, all you need is 10 minutes and some pantry staples to whip this together. If you’re not down with chocolate for breakfast, then you have a fabulous afternoon snack. Thank goodness for road trips or I may have never realized what I was missing in the whole chocolate chip granola department!

Chocolate Chip Granola | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

One year ago: White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream
Two years ago: Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad and Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches
Three years ago: Blueberry Muffins
Four years ago: All-Occasion Sugar Cookies
Six years ago: Herb-Baked Eggs

Chocolate Chip Granola

Yield: About 9 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy recipe for crunchy granola loaded with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

⅓ cup pure maple syrup
⅓ cup light brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk in the vegetable oil to combine. Add the oats and chocolate chips and fold the mixture together with a rubber spatula until all of the oats and chocolate chips are thoroughly coated.

3. Turn the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer. Using a stiff metal spatula, compress the oat mixture until very compact.

4. Bake until the top is lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Remove the granola from the oven and let cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break the cooled granola into pieces as large or as small as you like. The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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44 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Granola”

  1. Debra on May 29, 2014 at 12:12 am

    This looks good but is it a hard treat or is it on the soft side. I do not like the hard treats. Thank you :)

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    • Emma on June 1st, 2014 at 11:14 am

      It’s going to be hard.
      The oats will be crunchy post-baking.

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  2. Gayle on May 29, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Even better- peanut butter granola! I make a version of this: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2014/03/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-granola-recipe/

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  3. Matt Robinson on May 29, 2014 at 12:58 am

    This is how granola should always be, so great!! And my boys would never turn it down.

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  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 29, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Homemade granola and granola bars are the best! Nothing you’d buy in the store could ever compete! pinned!

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  5. Mir on May 29, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Wow, I’m kind of the opposite. I need chocolate for breakfast to get my day started right!
    So this granola is right up my alley, of course. It looks fantastic. Nothing is better than chocolate chips in granola!

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  6. Kate @ The Endorphin Junkie on May 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I love granola, so I will be making this ASAP! Nature Valley granola is one of my favorites. Costco used to sell it in bulk but doesn’t any more (and yes…I need food in bulk…haha).

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  7. Lisa on May 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Yay for this recipe and that I already have all the ingredients in my house!

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  8. Sally on May 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Sounds tasty! I’m going to add chocolate chips to my granola recipe, but I think I’ll add them after the granola is baked. And maybe I’ll keep the nuts.

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  9. How to Philosophize with Cake on May 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

    That looks delicious! I love making homemade granola, will have to try this variation soon! :)

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  10. marcie on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m certainly not anti-chocolate for breakfast, and would love a bowl in the morning or a large handful for snacking! :)

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  11. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    We love homemade granola, and throwing in chocolate chips is aways a plus!

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  12. Emily on May 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This looks perfect to bring on summer bike rides or hiking! Thanks! :)

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  13. Valerie on May 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I made this substituting coconut oil for veggie oil and I used dairy free chocolate chips. Holy crap that’s good!

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  14. Kelli on May 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Michelle, I love your recipes. Quick question, is the vegetable oil required? I am new to the granola and have only tried one other recipe which was great. Wondering what effect it will have if I just leave out the vegetable oil?

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Kelli, Yes, the vegetable oil is an important ingredient. It provides moistness while giving the granola a crispness that is not too dry.

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      • Kelli on May 30th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        Thanks, that is great to know.

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  15. Aspiring Foodie on May 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I love the combination of granola & chocolate!

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  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Granola should always have chocolate in it, love!

    Reply

  17. Christina on May 30, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Is there any ingredient you can substitute the maple syrup with? Is it possible to use honey instead? I don’t like maple syrup and even if I’d like it, it’s hard to get where I live. I would love to try this recipe :)

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Christina, I have tried this recipe with honey in place of the maple syrup. I personally prefer the maple, and I found that the honey caused the granola to brown quite a bit more. If you try it, I would reduce the baking time and keep an eye on it.

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  18. Leilani on May 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe forever! If I wanted my granola to be loose, should I not pack it into the pan? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Leilani, I would still pack it into the pan, as this helps create a crunchy granola. You can then break it up into pieces as small as you’d like.

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  19. Louise on May 30, 2014 at 6:42 am

    This looks great!
    I have a couple of questions.
    1) What can I use in place of vegetable oil? I never use vegetables oils, only EVOO.
    2) Can I use this recipe just like cereal, in a bowl with milk?

    Thank you Michelle!

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Louise, I do not recommend replacing the vegetable oil. It has a two-pronged effect – it provides moistness so the oats don’t become brittle, and it also allows the granola to crisp up, giving it a crunchy texture. Some people do eat granola with some milk, if you like it, go for it!

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      • Louise on June 2nd, 2014 at 3:38 am

        So, I made this using olive oil and also added a little oranfe zest. It is fine! You do not taste the olive oil at all. I gave some to my little one with milk and she really liked it! Without milk is great too! Thanks Michelle!

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  20. Stephanie on May 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I want to add peanut butter. Any suggestions?

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  21. Jaclyn on May 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Every granola needs a little chocolate in it right? I love homemade granola and this granola looks perfect!

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  22. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup on May 31, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I’m down with chocolate any time! I think homemade granola always tastes better than any you can buy. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your beautiful pics.

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  23. miss messy on June 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Oh wow, all chocolate should have granola, or do I mean all granola should have chocolate? ha both! This would make a great breakfast!

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  24. Penny on June 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Hello,
    Any thoughts on how to modify this for a granola bar instead of granola cereal? Perhaps par-slicing into bars when removed from the oven, letting everything cool and then break into bars? I’m not sure what the best process would be but I look forward to your advice!
    Kind regards,
    Penny

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  25. Jess on June 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Is it weird that i want to mix it with Ice Cream?

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  26. Leslie on June 4, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    OMG this was so good! I added some coconut and pecans and this was really, really good!

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  27. Annie @ Annie's Noms on June 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

    This looks delicious, I simply love granola, but find so many in the shops are full of nuts, thanks so much for sharing a nut-free recipe, means I can still enjoy granola even though I’m allergic to nuts!! :D

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  28. Phoebe Lapine @FeedMePhoebe on June 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    What a great on-the-go snack- such a delicious and healthy way to satisfy an afternoon sugar craving. :)

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  29. Laura Dembowski on June 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Like crumbled up oatmeal cookies? Sign me up! I’ll have to try this with carob chips.

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  30. Ashley on June 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Made this today! What a great and relatively easy recipe..simple, yet delicious!

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  31. Annie on June 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Made this today! Oh my goodness. Can’t. Stop. Eating!!!!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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  32. Avra-Sha Faohla on June 20, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Just made this earlier today; it’s great! It’s a simple recipe, it’s got just enough sweetener to taste delicious without feeling like you’re overdoing it, and it breaks apart into beautiful clusters. I baked it for just 25 minutes in a convection oven and it came out perfect! I put it away in a bag in my pantry for future days, but I keep coming back and snacking on it. :D

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  33. Patrizia on June 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    How much does 1 cup of rolled oats weigh? Some blogger say 80 grams, other 90, still other 100 grams. Do you know how much oats do I have to use for this recipe? I’m italian and sometimes it’s difficult to recreate american recipes. I hope you will answer. Hugs from Rome

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    • Michelle on June 26th, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hi Patrizia, 1 cup of rolled oats weighs 99 grams. Some may be listing weights for quick oats or steel cut oats, which would have a different weight than traditional rolled oats. Hope that helps!

      Reply

  34. Rachel on July 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I tried this recipe and found the chocolate to taste a bit burnt. Everything else seemed to go perfectly, except for a burnt flavor. Any reason why this happened and how to prevent it?

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  35. Louise on September 6, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Well, I just want to say that I love this recipe and use it all the time! There is actually a pan baking in the oven right now! I always use olive oil and it is fine. Also, I make all kinds of variations and my favorite so far is with white chocolate chips and multi colored sprinkles! No store bought granola for us!

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