Berry Chocolate Coconut Granola

This berry chocolate coconut granola was originally published in May 2012. The post has been updated as of July 27, 2017 with new photos, text and a slightly modified and improved recipe!

Oh my friends. This granola. I’m currently in the middle of a serious love affair with this tasty little snack.

This is another one of those recipes from the early days of this website and I distinctly remember making it ALL THE TIME. I even stored it in a specific “granola container.” <— And by granola container, what I really mean is a huge tub so that I could make double batches and keep it all in one place. Priorities.

This berry chocolate coconut granola is simple to make and healthier than store-bought! Packed with nuts, fruit and dark chocolate!

And then, like so many recipes from many moons ago, I completely forgot about it.

But have no fear. I am now back to making a batch every. single. week.

Because hands down, this is my favorite granola. I’ve flirted with plenty of other recipes over the years (lemon blueberry quinoa granola anyone? or maybe some pumpkin spice latte granola this fall?). But goodness me. This berry chocolate coconut version? It’s just the best. And now I totally remember why I was so completely smitten with it back in the day.

{PS – Even the husband is obsessed. Which rarely happens with any sort of granola-y, oatmeal type food. So that’s a sayin’ something right there!}

ANYWAY. The granola starts with a nice and healthy base – packed with plenty of oats … a mixture of raw nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, sesame seeds, ground flaxseed, oh my!) … and there’s even some unsweetened shredded coconut for good measure.

But it’s also kinda sorta got a dessert-y vibe going on. In the form of some dried fruit and … DARK CHOCOLATE. It’s sweet but not in an overwhelming kind of way.

I personally have been enjoying it just about every day as an afternoon snack with some plain yogurt and fruit. But it’s also been known to make an appearance for breakfast now and then. ♡ ♡ ♡

Make this store-bought staple at home! This berry chocolate coconut granola is filled with nuts, dried fruit and chocolate!

So, now that you know my feelings for this granola, let’s get to a few tips & tricks!

  1. First things first. For those of you who may have made this prior to today (although I doubt there are many of you because holy moly were the photos and writing horrific!) – the recipe below does include some modifications from the original version I posted a few years back. But I promise you it is much improved! Not only does it crisp up better in the oven but there’s one less bowl involved. Which is always a good thing.
  2. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk substitutions! My favorite combo of nuts is listed in the recipe, but you could absolutely switch that up to your taste / what you have on hand. Additionally, you can use chocolate chips instead of the chopped chocolate. Whatever floats your boat. (If you are dairy free, just be sure to use dairy free chocolate!)
  3. The dried berries! Use any kind you’d like. I tend to use a combination of dried cranberries and dried cherries, but again, you can easily switch this up. When I do use the dried cherries, I like to roughly chop them first since they tend to be on the larger side.
  4. I’ve found that the granola crisps up better when you don’t line the baking sheet with parchment paper. I know this is a bit more of a pain for cleanup, but it’s totally worth it for the end product. And, please, please do not skip the step of pushing the granola over to one side of the baking sheet and then letting it cool completely before breaking into pieces. This really helps to create nice clumps!

And with that, granola time is upon us. I’m off to go grab another big handful from the granola jar in my pantry. Happy snacking my friends!

This homemade berry chocolate coconut granola is irresistible! Made with oats, a mixture of raw nuts and seeds, olive oil and dark chocolate!

Yield: about 6 ½ cups

Berry Chocolate Coconut Granola

Prep Time:8 minutes

Cook Time:32 minutes

Total Time:40 minutes

This berry chocolate coconut granola is simple to make and healthier than store-bought! Packed with nuts, fruit and dark chocolate!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup dried berries
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add in the coconut and cook, stirring frequently, until light brown and toasted (don’t walk away during this – the coconut can burn easily!). Transfer the coconut to a small bowl and set aside. Carefully wipe out the skillet.
  3. Return the skillet to medium heat and add in all the nuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until lightly toasted and fragrant. Add in the rolled oats and oil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the oats are also lightly toasted. Remove from the heat, then add in the honey, maple syrup, flaxseed, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and stir in the toasted coconut and dried berries. Push the granola towards one side of the baking sheet and press gently into an even layer about ½ inch thick. Let the granola cool to room temperature (about 30 to 45 minutes). Use a spatula to release the granola from the pan, then break into small pieces and mix in the chocolate. Store the granola in an airtight container.