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Chocolate Grain Free Gluten Free Granola Gourmande in the Kitchen

This is not your typical granola.  There are no oats to be found which means it’s not only gluten-free its grain-free as well.  But what it does have is chocolate, and let me tell you, that is always a good way to start the day.

For those following a grain-free or gluten-free diet, breakfast can be the hardest meal to adjust to. Most of us have spent our lives eating cereal, oatmeal, toast and pancakes in the morning, but my breakfasts lately consist of smoothies, leftover frittata, coconut flour crepes or this granola with homemade yogurt.

Chocolate Grain Free Gluten Free Granola Gourmande in the Kitchen

It’s a cross between trail mix and granola, rich with the deep dusky flavor of cocoa.  Studded with bits of bittersweet chocolate, it rouses you from the deepest of slumbers to the kitchen table.  A truly fortifying breakfast, this homemade granola is well worth the time it takes to pour a bowl and grab a spoon in the morning.

At once hearty, but delicate, the granola is bound together into light and crisp cluster from the slurry of honey, cocoa and butter.  What sets this granola apart are the nuts; rather than a secondary addition they are the stars in this granola.

Chocolate Grain Free Gluten Free Granola Gourmande in the Kitchen

Soaked walnuts and almonds are briefly pulsed in the food processor to form small clusters resembling oats.  Once coated and baked at a low temperature the clusters clump and crisp to form exquisitely light and crunchy mouthfuls.

Far from the cloying sweet and sugary supermarket versions, this chocolate grain-free granola is just subtly sweet, but entirely decadent due to the double dose of chocolate.  Its toasty flavor is as well suited for breakfast as it is for a portable mid-afternoon snack.  Mix a few spoonfuls with dried fruit for a homemade trail mix when you’re craving a little something between meals.

Chocolate Grain Free Gluten Free Granola Gourmande in the Kitchen

It’s breakfast redefined.

Serves Serves about 6

Gluten Free and Grain Free Chocolate Granola Recipe

It’s a cross between trail mix and granola, rich with the deep dusky flavor of cocoa.

20 minPrep Time

6 hrCook Time

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  • 1 cup/ 112g raw walnuts
  • 1 cup/112g raw almonds
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup/ 60g raw honey
  • 3 Tablespoons/ 42g unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons/ 23g raw cacao or natural cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons/ 15 g chia seeds
  • ½ cup/40g unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 oz/60g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Soak walnuts and almonds covered in water with a pinch of salt overnight or for about 8 hours.(Soaking the nuts first removes the enzyme inhibitors, making them easier to digest)
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F/ 93 degrees C.
  3. Drain and rinse the nuts and quickly them in a cloth towel.
  4. Place the nuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly until just coarsely chopped.
  5. Gently melt together the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat stirring continually to combine.
  6. Add in the cacao or natural cocoa powder along with a pinch of salt and the vanilla and whisk to blend until well combined.
  7. Add the chocolate mixture to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  8. Add the chia seeds and shredded coconut to the bowl and pulse again until everything is about the size of oats.
  9. Spread chocolate nut mixture evenly on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake at 200 degrees for about 4 hours, or until dry and crispy.
  11. Cool on wire rack. Stir in chopped chocolate and store in airtight container.


Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian, Paleo

What’s your go-to breakfast?


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  1. says

    Yum! This recipe looks delicious, and your photos are GORGEOUS. I’ve been looking for some grain-free breakfast options that my kids will love, and I have a feeling chocolate for breakfast will fit the bill :) And it sounds so easy! Can’t wait to try…

    • says

      Yes you can use pecans or whatever mix of nuts you’d like but I recommend that you soak them for at least a few hours to make them more digestible and so they don’t burn when baked.

  2. Elaine Rupp says

    I have made this several times now, and given it to friends. It is soooo good! But I eat it more for a snack, I have yet to eat as a cereal. Thanks for your creativity. Plan to try some of your other recipes too :)

  3. theo says

    This is fabulous! I’ve been craving a big bowl of crunchy cereal, but without all the sugary carbs, and this hits the mark. I had some for brekkie, sans chopped chocolate, and had another bowl for dessert tonight with chopped chocolate and a smidge of ripe banana. Delicious and satisfying.

    Thank you!

  4. Lucie says

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I am doing the paleo diet and I have tried many granola recipes but this one is by far the best I have tried!
    Portions are great, I am just putting more nuts/almonds for the same amount of cacao/honey etc. and I replaced the butter by ghee. I am preparing a big jar every week-end for a week of awesome breakfast.

  5. Lucie says

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I make it every sunday for the whole week and we love it! Gives me energy for the whole morning.
    I’ve replaced the butter by coconut oil and it’s perfect :)