Mocha Granola

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Made without oil or butter, this mocha granola is a healthy and delicious addition to breakfast, and pairs wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee!

Made without oil or butter, this mocha granola is a healthy and delicious addition to breakfast, and pairs wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee!

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Made without oil or butter, this mocha granola is a healthy and delicious addition to breakfast, and pairs wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee!

Mocha Granola

I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t love coffee.

I don’t hate it, and I drink it every day, but it’s not my favorite (I’m more of a tea girl). IΒ think the smell of it throws me off. Coffee smells amazing! So rich and warm and inviting– I smell coffee and feel my expectations rise. The drinking experience is almost always a letdown… though of course, it’s totally possible that I’m just drinking mediocre coffee.

It’s weird, then, how much I love coffee-flavored things. Take the actual drinking out of the equation and I am all aboutΒ coffee. Coffee candy, coffee ice cream, coffee baked goods– and when you can add chocolate to the mix? Yes, please!

AsΒ a granola fanatic, I’m always trying new flavors, and the mocha works so well here. Sweet and chocolaty with just the right amount of coffee flavor, it’s a great way to brighten my morning– and to pair with my morning cup. πŸ˜‰


Mocha Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • Β½ cup nuts and/or seeds of choice
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons granulated sweetener (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coffee
  • dash salt
  • ΒΌ cup pure maple syrup
  • chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300Β° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, nuts/seeds, cocoa, granulated sweetener, ground coffee, and salt.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup and stir until everything is coated.
  4. Spread the granola evenly onto the sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Once the granola is completely cool, stir in as many chocolate chips as desired.

This recipe is vegan with the appropriate chocolate chips.

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{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Made without oil or butter, this mocha granola is a healthy and delicious addition to breakfast, and pairs wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee!

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{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Made without oil or butter, this mocha granola is a healthy and delicious addition to breakfast, and pairs wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee!

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58 comments

  1. Cathy says:

    This looks great! Your photos are lovely! I’m a coffee lover, but some cups are better than others. It always seems to be best in great coffee shops!

  2. Brea says:

    Your recipe looks incredible! I recently stopped drinking coffee altogether. I never really had the habit until the last several years when I’ve been exhausted much of the time. I noticed it was contributing to my anxiety, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

  3. Marla says:

    Hi Courtney,
    I am not a coffee lover but I think your combination of flavors sound quite tasty and homemade granola is always a wonderful healthy alternative to store bought brands. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  4. Angie ~ ambient wares says:

    That’s so funny about the smell throwing you off! I say I love coffee but, I rarely get to the bottom of the cup before it’s cold. Should I not say that out loud? πŸ˜‰ This however, I could devour, no problem. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday! Pinned

  5. Life Diet Health says:

    This sounds and looks delicious πŸ™‚ I stopped drinking coffee for a year but I’m back on it now – a good machine makes the taste superior to the smell! Looking forward to trying this πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at the Plant Based Potluck party and Healthy Vegan Fridays!

  6. Julie @ Running in a Skirt says:

    What a great recipe! I used to HATE coffee too… not drink it at all. I’ve always been a tea girl too. I think I was just trying bad coffee. I eventually tried some better coffee and learned to like some of it. I do love the fancy mixed drinks now. Maybe it comes with age.
    Anyways, LOVE the creativity in this recipe!

  7. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands says:

    I love coffee and mocha granola was one of my all time favorites. When I stopped eating it as much I started buying little packets of it but haven’t in awhile. I really should whip some up because I love it and the smell while it bakes.
    Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  8. Kimmythevegan says:

    “I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t love coffee.”
    Me neither!!! But that’s where our similarity ends as I kind of do hate coffee. I can’t stand the taste. I have never drank it, the smell turns my stomach and I avoid mocha flavoured things at all costs. That being said, your granola still sounds AWESOME (you always have the most creative and delicious sounding granolas!). I’ll just have to try it sans coffee granules.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing. I hope you’re having a greta week Courtney =)

  9. Cristina @ I Say Nomato says:

    This looks so good! Like all the best parts of breakfast in a cup πŸ™‚ I’m not much of a coffee person either – I like to joke that I love coffee-flavoured sugar milk, haha. Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!

  10. CakePants says:

    The smell of coffee always draws me in, but I’m not really big on actually drinking it. This looks like the perfect way to get the smell and a touch of the flavor, but without the jitters that a cup of coffee usually gives me! Yum!

  11. Deborah Davis says:

    As a granola lover, I’m in heaven! I can’t wait to make this yummy Mocha Granola. I’m so glad you shared your healthy and delicious recipe at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

  12. Miz Helen says:

    I love Granola and your recipe looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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