Chocolate Protein Granola (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)

Chocolate for breakfast? Yup! This healthy Chocolate Protein Granola is paleo, vegan and low carb. It pairs perfectly with some chia seed pudding or dairy-free yogurt. Or you can easily snack on the giant clusters all by themselves. Do yourself a favor and make yourself a big batch to munch on throughout the week!


Is Granola Paleo?

Traditionally, granola is not paleo-approved. In most store-bought granola and homemade recipes, granola is filled with gluten-rich grains, refined sugar, and other non-paleo ingredients. Not only are these granola options not Paleo, they’re also not healthy.


That being said, Chocolate Protein Granola is paleo-approved and so much more. This recipe is vegan, low carb, and rich in nutrients, making it a healthy granola for the whole family. Not to mention, this homemade granola is undeniably tastier than the sugar-packed, store-bought alternative. It’s rich in chocolatey goodness and nutty crunch!



What You Need for Chocolate Protein Granola 

To make this recipe, you’ll mostly need ingredients that you already have stocked on your shelf, including:

  • Buckwheat groats

  • Chopped nuts of choice

  • Unsweetened chocolate chips

  • Cacao powder

  • Coconut Oil

  • Nut butter of choice

  • Maple syrup

  • Chocolate protein powder, optional

You can easily customize this recipe by using your favorite nuts, nut butter, chocolate chips, and protein powder. Or, mix it up each time to increase diet variety and taste bud satisfaction!


How to Make Chocolate Protein Granola

Chocolate Protein Granola is a healthy, easy-to-make dessert, snack, or even breakfast. To make this simple recipe, start by gathering all your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 


In a large bowl, stir the cacao, coconut oil, nut butter, maple syrup, and protein powder. Then, fold in your buckwheat groats, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips. 


Evenly pour and spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. The more that the granola touches, the more clusters that will form. 


Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and stir. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool fully before breaking it into clusters and enjoying!


How to Serve Chocolate Protein Granola 

Chocolate Protein Granola can be enjoyed any time of day! My favorite ways to serve this recipe include:

  • Over chia seed pudding for breakfast

  • On top of dairy-free coconut yogurt as a snack

  • By itself for a snack or dessert



Recipe for Chocolate Protein Granola 


Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 25  minutes 

Total Time: 35 minutes 


Ingredients 

  • ½ cup buckwheat groats 

  • ¾ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)

  • ¼ cup unsweetened chocolate chips

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao 

  • 2 tbsp vegan chocolate protein (optional)

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

  • 1 tbsp nut butter 

  • ¼ cup maple syrup


Instructions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 

  2. In a bowl, combine cacao, coconut oil, nut butter, maple syrup and protein powder (if desired) and stir until smooth.

  3. Add in your buckwheat groats, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips. Fold together until evenly coated. 

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and scoop out mixture on top. 

  5. Spread in an even thin layer so granola is touching. This allows clusters to form. 

  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir granola and bake for another 10 minutes. 

  7. Allow to fully cool before breaking off into clusters and store in an airtight container 

  8. Consume within two weeks (if it lasts that long).

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