Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

overhead shot of chocolate hazelnut granola in a bowl with milk and berries with a black spoon on top of a white and grey napkin.

This rich, chunky chocolate hazelnut granola with dark chocolate chunks, toasty hazelnuts and big, crunchy clusters is a deliciously indulgent and healthy breakfast treat or snack made with nutritious ingredients and no refined sugar. (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan)


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut flour (hazelnut meal)
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use avocado oil)
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, hazelnut flour, rice cereal and hazelnuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk cocoa powder, maple syrup, oil, salt, vanilla and espresso until smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well until evenly coated.
  4. Spread in a single packed, even layer on the baking sheet with very little white space visible underneath.
  5. Bake 20 minutes WITHOUT stirring. Remove from the oven and let granola cool completely, without stirring still.
  6. Once cooled, break granola into pieces. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.


  • Use stevia sweetened dark chocolate for completely refined sugar- and dairy-free granola.
  • Packing the granola tightly on the baking sheet without any visible white space underneath, and then NOT stirring is key to getting chunky clusters.
  • Make sure you let the granola cool completely before stirring/breaking into clusters and before adding the chocolate chunks (or they will melt!).
  • This granola makes a great gift packed into cute containers!

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