Low-Sugar Chocolate-Hazelnut Homemade Granola

Eating healthy is tricky even with the best intentions. Even options in the so-called “health” food aisle can deceptively be not-so-good for you. That’s because pre-packaged fare, like granola, often packs a few extra ingredients to help keep it fresher longer and improve overall taste. Our solution: Skip the added sugar and make your own homemade granola recipe instead. This chocolate-hazelnut version uses just maple syrup for natural, controlled sweetness balanced with filling fiber and protein. Enjoy it with milk or sprinkled over Greek yogurt for breakfast to avoid a midday sugar crash.

Chocolate Granola
Photo by Evan Thomas

Low-Sugar Chocolate-Hazelnut Homemade Granola Recipe 

Serves 7


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes


2 cups rolled oats(not quick cooking)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, lightly chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.
  4. Lay the oats out on a non-stick baking tray about ½-inch thick.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool.
  7. Once cooled, break up the granola into clusters and toss with the chopped hazelnuts.
  8. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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