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Honey Walnut Granola with Chocolate and Cinnamon

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The best homemade granola recipe with honey and coconut oil, walnuts, chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon. Ready in just 30 minutes!

A large baking sheet filled with honey walnut granola with chocolate and cinnamon.

Having tried quite a few homemade granolas over time, until recently I felt a bit Goldlilocks about it. Some were too crunchy, others not crunchy enough. Some too sugary, others not sweet enough. Many too fussy, with multiple rounds of stirring the granola mixture as it baked.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

And above all, none formed what I consider a hallmark of really good granola – large, substantial, solid clumps.

I recently made an effort to pay more attention, however, to the ingredient lists of granolas I really liked from the store and a few farmers markets, and noticed a definite trend. Most included coconut oil, which I had never used before!

Intrigued, I gave it a try, and after a little bit of experimenting, am thrilled with the results. The coconut oil acts as an additional binding agent. Finally, I have a go-to granola that is sweet but not syrupy, crunchy, easily forms large clusters, and above all, is simple to make.

Making granola with honey and coconut oil

This granola recipe truly could not be simpler. You’ll warm honey and coconut oil together in a large microwave-safe bowl, then stir in oats, nuts, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Of course you could substitute any type of nuts or spices you want, but lately my favorite combo has been walnuts, cinnamon, and a little chocolate stirred in at the end. Like dessert for breakfast, but better for you. 🙂

Then simply spread the granola out onto a large sheet pan, and bake for 30 minutes – without stirring! You can see how it takes on a beautiful golden color in the middle photo below.

Three photos showing how homemade granola progresses from light to golden brown as it bakes.

When to add chocolate to granola

As you can see, you’ll want to wait to stir in any chocolate chips or chunks after the granola is baked. Otherwise it would just melt and be a big mess! If you want the chocolate to soften and adhere just slightly to the granola clusters, mix it in about 15 minutes after you remove the pan from the oven.

Pro tip – If you don’t already have a quality baking sheet, do yourself a favor and add these to your wish list. A pan that is large, sturdy, and conducts heat evenly makes a huge difference in the quality of your baked goods!

And the silicone liners are worth several times their weight in gold! This one fits the above pan perfectly, as you can see.

Close-up of a spoon stirring honey walnut granola just baked on a sheet pan.

If you try this honey granola or any other recipe on the blog, please remember to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing from you, and other readers will benefit from your experience!

5 from 7 votes
A large baking sheet filled with honey walnut granola with chocolate and cinnamon.
Honey Walnut Granola with Chocolate and Cinnamon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The best homemade granola recipe with honey and coconut oil, walnuts, chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola recipe honey
Servings: 12
Calories: 213 kcal
Author: Monica | Nourish + Fete
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup walnuts - coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine honey and coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 20-30 seconds, then stir to combine.
  3. Add oats, walnuts, and cinnamon to the bowl. Stir well, so that the mixture is evenly combined and moistened.
  4. Spread the mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool without touching the granola. It will still be soft at first, and become crunchy as it comes to room temperature.
  5. Using a rubber spoon or spatula, remove cooled granola from the baking sheet and break into clumps of your desired size. Toss with chocolate, and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or frozen for up to 3 months.
  2. If you would like to melt the chocolate slightly, let the granola cool for about 15 minutes on the pan, then sprinkle over the chocolate pieces and gently stir. The residual heat from the granola will soften the chocolate ever so slightly. 🙂
Nutrition Facts
Honey Walnut Granola with Chocolate and Cinnamon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Potassium 95mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Looking for creative ways to use granola beyond the bowl or yogurt parfait? These 9 ideas from Food & Wine and 14 suggestions from Super Healthy Kids are bound to give you some new inspiration!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    September 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    This granola looks absolutely perfect! It’s so worth it to make your own – both for the cleaner ingredients, and lot of clumps!

  • Reply
    EA The Spicy RD
    September 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I love how easy this is! Just pinned-can’t wait to make it for my kids this week!

  • Reply
    Denise
    September 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I love granola and enjoy trying different kinds! I plan on making this.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    September 6, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Your granola looks and sounds yummy. I love that it’s pretty easy to make. Want to give this recipe a try!

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    September 6, 2018 at 2:40 am

    That looks superb, I have never made granola but often munch on my wifes as a snack during the day rather than eating it for breakfast… Does that make me odd?

  • Reply
    Natalie
    September 6, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I love homemade granola! Looks so delicious and crunchy! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Reply
    Marie
    September 6, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Homemade granola is the best. Love this simple-to-make recipe! The combo of honey, walnut, and chocolate sounds so good!

  • Reply
    Katie
    September 5, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I love homemade granola and this has so many tasty aspects! Can’t wait to make it!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    September 5, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I love a good homemade granola! It’s so much more economical than buying the bags of gourmet granola at the market. And, even better when there’s chocolate added! Such a great treat for breakfast or a snack.

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      September 5, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Amanda – I totally agree! I’m always tempted by those gourmet bags but you’re right – they are crazy expensive compared to the price of the ingredients! And chocolate is always a good addition in my book, as well. 🙂

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