Big Cluster Chocolate Granola

Big Cluster Chocolate Granola

Happy Friday guys! It’s the happiest day of the week and what makes it even more exciting? Some chocolate of course! I am not picky when it comes to chocolate, I can each chocolate in each and every form. Dark, milk, white I love it all. I love it as it is and even it’s inside cookies, cakes or even granola. I guess you guys get my obsession with chocolate. Anyway, so what kind of granola do you guys like? Are you one of those who tries hard to find the big clusters from the granola box? If yes, then this recipe is for you – big cluster chocolate granola!

And yes I mean they are really big granola clusters like THIS.

Cluster Chocolate Granola

I like regular granola with milk and the clusters  for snacking. There’s a problem though, I can’t stop snacking on these especially because chocolate is involved! Sometimes I feel that maybe I need to tape my mouth whenever chocolate is in vicinity, I have absolutely no self control. Anyway this big cluster chocolate granola is super simple to make and it’s vegan too! So yeah it’s kind of healthy, isn’t it awesome when you can eat chocolate and at the same time convince yourself that you are eating healthy? 😀

Cluster Granola

A lot of recipes for granola clusters call for using an egg white since it helps in holding the clusters together. I didn’t use any and the clusters turned out just fine. The trick is to not stir the oats at all while they are baking, just rotate the tray once at mid-time and then again do not stir while the granola is cooling down. You have to let it cool down for at least 1-2 hours and do not try to stir it while it’s cooling down. Once the granola is cooled, break it into pieces. As you can see my clusters are quite big but you can break the granola into any size you want.

Enjoy!

Big Cluster Chocolate Granola

Really big Cluster Chocolate Granola is perfect to snack on!
Servings: 4
Calories: 916 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • cup pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips [i used vegan chocolate chips]

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix together oats, cocoa powder, salt , cinnamon powder and pecans. Set aside.
  3. In a pan of medium heat, whisk together coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup till smooth and well combined.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the oats mixture.
  5. Stir to combine till the oats mixture is completely moistened.
  6. Transfer the oats to the baking tray in a single layer.
  7. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes without stirring, rotating the tray once after 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let the granola cool for 1-2 hours. Do not stir.
  9. Once cooled, break into pieces of desirable size and mix in the dried cranberries and chocolate chips.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Big Cluster Chocolate Granola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 916 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Potassium 760mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 99g 33%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 41g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 35.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 Big Cluster Chocolate Granola

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40 thoughts on “Big Cluster Chocolate Granola

  1. We make granola quite often around here, but I always stir it while it’s baking. I love the big chunks idea…I’m totally going to have to try that next time. I’m not normally a chocolate for breakfast kinda guy…but I think I could make an exception for this amazing granola. Looks awesome!!

  2. Hi Manali,

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I am wondering what I can substitute the pecans with? I am allergic to nuts, so I try to avoid granola that contains almonds (very hard to do!), and other types. Thanks!

    Sarah

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