Chocolate Coconut Paleo Granola (GF + Vegan)
This Chocolate Coconut Paleo Granola is a flavorful and crunchy snack to keep you fueled all morning! This paleo-friendly granola uses nuts and coconuts as the base for a delicious gluten-free + vegan breakfast!
I’m a major granola freak. I could eat yogurt with granola and berries for breakfast (and probably lunch) every single day and be a very happy girl. Sometimes, it’s dessert. And it definitely screams to be grabbed by the handful as a snack. However, granola calories do add up, and sometimes it can just be sooo darn high in sugar. So, I prefer to make my own (one of my favorites is this Coconut Macadamia Nut Granola).
While Internet surfing as I do, I stumbled across this gorgeous recipe for grain-free chocolate granola and I immediately wanted to try it! I loved the idea of replacing all of the oats in typical granola with nuts for a protein-rich, low-carb breakfast. While this Paleo granola definitely not low in calories, it leaves you full until lunch and tastes awesome…uh, what with chocolate and coconut can taste anything but?! I took some liberties with the recipes to incorporate some more coconut and give it my own little twists. I love the way that it turned out!
Is this recipe adaptable at all?
Yes, absolutely! You can adapt the recipe to use the nuts and seeds that you have on hand. You can also use your own flavorings if you’d like. Skip the coconut, add dried fruit, or stir in your favorite nut butter. The options are varied, so feel free to tailor to your own tastes!
The recipe absolutely begs for changes to be made, so go ahead and try out some different flavors. Granola is pretty hard to mess up, so don’t be nervous about playing around with the recipe. Enjoy! Xoxo
Chocolate Coconut Paleo Granola
- 2 cups raw almonds (or a mixture of your favorite nuts)
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 cup (60g) flaked coconut, unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons (15g) cocoa powder
- ¼ cup (60g) honey (or maple, to keep vegan)
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (70g)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate (chopped (see Notes))
- Soak almonds and pepitas in water with a pinch of salt overnight or for about 8 hours. Soaking the nuts first removes the enzyme inhibitors, making them easier to digest.
- Preheat the oven to 250°F.
- Drain and rinse the nuts and dry them with a cloth towel. Chop the nuts into small pieces and chunks, or place the nuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly until just coarsely chopped. I chopped them so that not all of the nuts were the same size for variety, but do whichever you’d like!
- In large bowl, stir together the chopped nuts, flaked coconut, chia seeds, and cocoa powder. Add the honey, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt and stir until all of the dry ingredients are completely coated in the wet ingredients.
- Place the granola on a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring every half hour.
- Let cool slightly, and stir in the chopped dark chocolate. Let cool completely, and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator.
To keep Paleo & refined sugar free, try making your own Paleo Chocolate.
Enjoy this recipe? Check out some of my similar favorites below!
Macadamia Nut Coconut Banana Muffins
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Oh, man. I’m pretty sure I would end up eating most of this granola from the pan itself. Chocolate for breakfast is my ultimate weakness and I’m pretty sure I could get on board with it in my granola! Gorgeous photos, Rachel! Pinned.
That looks delicious! Love the chocolate + coconut combination, sounds like a great way to change up one’s breakfast routine! :)
Love everything about this! Can’t wait to try! :)
I am a granola FIEND (like seriously, I can polish off a huge batch in less than a week), and I love the idea of this paleo version. You’re really rocking the paleo recipes lately – love it! Plus, you totally had me at chocolate!
Granola and choc awwww yummmy
Bake for 2.5-3hrs- is this correct?
Hi KP, yes this is correct. You’re cooking it at a very low temperature to keep the nuts and cocoa powder from burning.
Hi, you say to preheat the oven at 250°C, why? It’s not low temperature at all… I’ve burnt my granola after only 5 minutes. I am sure the recipe is amazing if you don’t burn it:)
Hi Lagnamare, it’s not 250 degrees Celcius, but Fahrenheit …250 Celcius is almost double 250F and it would certainly burn at that temperature. The recipe shows that it’s Fahrenheit (as all my recipes are, since I’m in the US). In Celcius, that would be just 121 degrees. Hope this helps and sorry that you misunderstood!
Love love love the flavor combos you chose for this granola, Rachel! I’ve never made my own, and I totally need to give it a try. Love how customizable this is! :)
This granola looks delicious! I love that you replaced all the grains with nuts! That’s my kind of granola!
I’m a granola freak too – I love it for breakfast, snacks, you name it. This sounds delicious – I really like that you used all nuts! I need to try this out!
I love granola too, but you’re right, so many store-bought kinds aren’t even that good for you! Loving your version and such gorgeous pics!
Nothing better than a big bowl of homemade granola + chocolate for breakfast! This one looks irrisistible! I love the chocolate + coconut combo! xx
I love this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try chocolate granola for so long now and this one just looks TO DIE FOR! Beautiful photos, recipe, and gorgeous blog!
Chocolate for breakfast? Sign. Me. Up. :)
YUM!! This looks so healthy and delicious!! And to think…it’s Paleo, vegan AND gluten free?!! Win win win! YUM:)
I love everything about this recipe. Looks DELICIOUS ;-)
Sounds SO good! I’m going to get some pumpkin seeds super soon and get it in my oven!
oooooh such a brilliant granola recipe!!! My kind of snack!
Fellow granola freak over here in Glasgow approves highly – this looks magic! x
Mine seemed really wet/ greasy after 2 hr 45 min but on the verge of burning so I quit cooking it. Did this happen with anyone else? I know I measured correctly. I used honey as the sweetener.
Could you please provide me with the nutritional values for the coconut macadamia granola, Choc Coconut Granola & the coconut pecan as they are in your recipes?
I think I found enough information on google to satisfy my questions. Please disregard previous email.