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Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola ~ AKA, Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat!

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

I love coming up with new incarnations of my all-time favorite granola recipe, but would you believe that I’ve never before forayed into chocolate territory? Today seems like a good day to rectify that, though…so say hello to Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola, otherwise known as Almond Joy goodness in granola form!

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

I mean, what’s not to love about an Almond Joy? There’s the tropical coconut…the crunchy almonds…the creamy chocolate. So why not throw in some toasty oats and call it breakfast?

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

This Almond Joy Granola boasts two forms of chocolate…unsweetened cocoa powder stirred right into the coconut oil, and semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirred into the baked granola after it’s had a chance to cool. And while the recipe is primarily sweetened with honey, I did add a smidgeon of brown sugar as well to balance out the unsweetened cocoa.

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

It’s up to you, however, whether that brown sugar is even necessary. Leaving it out gives the granola more of a bittersweet flavor, with pops of sweetness from the chocolate chips. Adding it gives a more uniform, sweet-and-chocolatey taste overall. My hubby thought this granola tasted perfect without the brown sugar, but my kids preferred it included (of course). We’re only talking about 1/4 cup brown sugar to begin with, so feel free to add all, half, or none…it’s really just a small tweak in the grand scheme of the recipe. 😉

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Almond Joy Granola is basically just a gourmet spin on everyday homemade granola. It’s healthier than store-bought (because you control the ingredients, my friend), and it’s far more economical to whip up a big batch than spend 5 to 10 bucks on a little bag. Plus, it’s named after a candy bar, but you get to eat it for breakfast…and who’s going to argue with that?!

Almond Joy Granola ~ features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola ~ AKA, Almond Joy Granola

Yield: 10 cups

Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola ~ AKA, Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, and almonds. Measure coconut oil into a large measuring cup and mix in cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Pour over oat mixture and stir. Drizzle honey over top and stir all ingredients until evenly coated.
  3. Transfer granola onto a 13"x18"x1" sheet pan and spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring and flipping with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 30 minutes total.
  4. Remove granola from the oven and stir frequently as it cools, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Once completely cooled, mix in chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Measure the honey into the same measuring cup you used for the coconut oil. The residue of the oil helps the honey slide out of the cup without sticking.

The granola will probably need to bake for a total of about 30 minutes, but ovens vary so watch the granola carefully, particularly the first time you make it. If you cut the recipe in half, it will require less time, and if you double it and cook two sheet pans at once (switching racks and rotating pans each time you stir), it will take longer.

Since this granola tends to stick to the pan if not stirred very frequently during the cooling process, I've found that using a Silpat or some parchment paper on the bottom of your sheet pan alleviates this problem (you just have to stir carefully to make sure the granola doesn't wind up stuck under the parchment paper).

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Adapted from Nut & Honey Granola

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  1. I love granola and I love these flavors, so to pair the two together just makes sense! Yum!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Joanna…whoever came up with Almond Joys was a genius, and the flavors make for some pretty tasty granola as well! 😉

  2. I know this sounds like a pretty basic question, but I’ve never used coconut oil before so can you give me the specifics on how you melt yours? Method, what temperature, how long, refined, unrefined etc I would really appreciate this help.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Lorr! I apologize for my delayed reply. I buy unrefined, cold-pressed organic coconut oil. I typically find a big jar at a good price online and it lasts a good while. To melt coconut oil, I measure it out in a glass measuring cup (packing it down the best I can) and microwave it for about 30 seconds to start. I check, stir, and continue to microwave in short increments until just melted. Once it’s melted, I may need to add a spoonful more solid coconut oil to get it to the correct line on the measuring cup. Usually the additional spoonful will melt as a stir it in, or I might need to pop it back in the microwave for a few more seconds. Hope that helps, but please let me know if you need any clarification or have any further questions! 🙂

      • Thank you so much for your help! I was really in the dark on how to handle coconut oil, but now I can give that delicious-sounding granola recipe a try (along with so many other great recipes on your site).

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          You’re very welcome, Lorr! I’m only sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I got really behind on replying to blog comments over the last few months while I was finishing off my cookbook, but I finally made some good headway today catching up. 😉 So glad the coconut oil tips help and I hope you love the granola!

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