Guilt-Free Chocolate Granola

Guilt-Free Chocolate Granola

Granola can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack. As commercial varieties are loaded with sugar and oil, I created my own version that is guilt-free and delicious.

Health Benefits –  low sugar, soy free

Prep: 10 Minutes | Servings: 8


8 cups rolled oats
½-¾ cup cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp sliced almonds (optional)
Dried fruit – unsweetened cherries, raisins
1 cup freeze dried fruit – strawberries, mango, and/or banana (optional)

Wet Ingredients

2 ripe bananas or 2 cups of mango
1 cup pitted dates
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl (EXCEPT for the freeze dried fruit).
  2. Blend the wet ingredients in a blender.
  3. Add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix well and spread on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 170 degrees F overnight (about 8 hours).
  6. Turn oven off and leave pans in oven to completely dry and cool.
  7. Break up any big chunks of granola.
  8. Add the granola to a bowl and mix in the freeze dried fruit.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe has been graciously provided T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

Light Meals

Created on 23 Aug, 2022.