Chocolate Chip Granola in a white bowl.

Chocolate Chip Granola

Chocolate chip granola is a tasty and crunchy snack that’s perfect for any time of day. Whether you want something for breakfast, a mid-day snack, or a topping for your favorite dessert, this granola hits the spot. Plus, it’s allergy-friendly with no gluten, dairy, eggs, or added sugar. Let’s dive into how you can enjoy this delicious treat and make it your own.

Chocolate Chip Granola in a white bowl.
Chocolate Chip Granola. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Making your own granola at home is simple and satisfying. This recipe combines nuts and seeds with a hint of cinnamon and honey for a tasty crunch. The chocolate chips add just the right amount of sweetness, making this granola a hit with kids and adults alike.

What to Eat with Chocolate Chip Granola

This granola pairs well with many foods, making it a versatile addition to your kitchen. Here are some ideas:

1. Yogurt Parfaits: Layer your granola with dairy-free yogurt and fresh fruits like berries or sliced bananas. The mix of creamy yogurt, juicy fruit, and crunchy granola is a winner.

2. Smoothie Bowls: Add granola to the top of your smoothie bowls. Whether you blend berries, bananas, or tropical fruits, the granola adds a great texture and flavor.

3. Oatmeal Topping: Sprinkle granola on your morning oatmeal. The contrast between warm oats and crunchy granola is delightful.

4. Ice Cream Topping: Use granola as a topping for dairy-free ice cream. The crunch and chocolate chips make it an extra special treat.

Chocolate Chip Granola in a white bowl.
Chocolate Chip Granola. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Substitutions for Chocolate Chip Granola

You can easily customize this granola to fit your tastes or what you have on hand. Here are some substitution ideas:

1. Nuts and Seeds: Swap out any nuts or seeds for your favorites. Cashews, pistachios, or hemp seeds are all good choices.

2. Sweeteners: If you don’t have honey, try using sugar-free maple syrup or agave syrup. They work just as well to add sweetness and bind the granola. You can also use sugar-free honey if you want to lower the carbs a bit.

3. Spices: Change up the flavor by adding a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom.

4. Chocolate Variations: Use cocoa nibs for a stronger chocolate flavor or white chocolate chips for a sweeter twist.

Tips for Making Great Granola

Making the best granola involves a few simple tips. First, make sure all the nuts and seeds are well-coated with the sweetener and oil. This helps everything bake evenly and turn golden brown. Spread the granola out in an even layer on the baking sheet to ensure it bakes properly.

Stir the granola halfway through baking to prevent burning and ensure even cooking. After baking, let the granola cool completely before breaking it into pieces. This helps it get nice and crunchy.

Storing Chocolate Chip Granola

Store your cooled granola in an airtight container to keep it fresh and crunchy. It will stay good for up to two weeks if kept in a cool, dry place. For longer storage, you can freeze the granola. Place it in a freezer-safe container or bag, and it will keep for up to three months. Let it thaw at room temperature for a few minutes before eating.

Chocolate Chip Granola Pinterest pin.
Chocolate Chip Granola. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Two Fun Ways to Enjoy Chocolate Chip Granola

Granola Bars: Press the granola mixture into a baking dish before baking to make granola bars. Once baked and cooled, cut into bars for a convenient, grab-and-go snack.

Trail Mix: Combine your granola with dried fruits and extra nuts to create a delicious trail mix. It’s perfect for hiking, road trips, or a quick snack on the go.

Final Thoughts

Chocolate chip granola is a crunchy, sweet treat that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re enjoying it with yogurt, as a topping for smoothies or oatmeal, or just by the handful, this granola is sure to please.

Chocolate Chip Granola in a white bowl.

Chocolate Chip Granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup low carb brown sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey (use sugar-free to make it low-carb)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup lily’s baking chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the almonds and the chopped pecans.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the baking chips to a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir to combine well.
  • Transfer the granola mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Once finished, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  • Once the granola has cooled, break it up into pieces and stir in the baking chips. Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1gCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
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