Chocolate for breakfast! My favourite…. Good morning Chocolate Coconut Granola with toasted coconut flakes and little bursts of chewy dried cranberry!Chocolate coconut granola with cranberries on a white board

Sometimes it’s so pleasant to find yourself sat in front of a lovely breakfast like this that you have to say hi.
Or maybe that’s just me.

I’m starting to get quite a few granola recipes under my belt, considering I only really discovered granola less than a year ago.

I started off with a sugar free version – for those days when i’m feeling virtuous.

I soon upped the naughtiness just a little with my regular macaroon and fresh raspberry macaroon versions.

and now we have this…..

Chocolate coconut granola with cranberries in a baking tray

Still better for you than the pre-packed stuff, this granola is a nutritous, but also totally satisfying (in an ‘I-need-chocolate-give-me-chocolate kind of way) breakfast.

My daughter Gracey absolutely loves the stuff.
I’m pretty certain that the fact it turns the milk chocolatey has absolutely nothing to do with it (ahem).

Pouring milk onto a bowl of chocolate coconut granola with cranberries with strawberries

I usually serve my granola with Greek yoghurt and blueberries, but Greek yoghurt and chocolate seems a bit strange to me, so I think it works better with milk.

Blueberries and milk are also just a bit too far out there, so I change it up with some strawberries and blackberries.

I was so pleased when I spotted coconut flakes in the supermarket the other day.  It seems that almost every supermarket in the UK (ok, then 5 supermarkets closest to me) only ever stock shredded coconut.  Why is the UK so far behind the US on the availability of so many ingredients? argggh!!
Anyway, I saw it, whooped for joy (earning me a couple of strange looks) and filled my basket.

Toasted in the oven for just a few minutes, it tastes amazing.  It burns easily though, so be careful. Definitely a new contender for the evening sofa snack.

A snack that I will be eating mindfully (after the mindful eating workshop I attended yesterday evening).

I’ll talk a little more about the workshop on Friday, but I really do think it’s going to help me. I even managed to stop eating chocolate last night after a few bites! That doesn’t happen in my world.

Are you a chocaholic? I’d love to know if you have any tips for keeping the chocolate-eating under control!

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Chocolate Coconut Granola Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Chocolate coconut granola with cranberries - my kids love this because it turns the milk chocolatey!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 15 -16 servings
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, British



  • 320 g (3 cups minus 2 tsp) whole rolled oats (make sure they're gluten free if required)
  • 4 heaped tbsp light-brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 3 heaped tbsp cocoa powder make sure it's gluten free if required
  • 75 g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries
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  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F (fan).
  • Start with the granola. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, honey, coconut oil, water, and cocoa powder. Once mixed, spoon it out onto a large metal baking tray and place it in the oven for 20 minutes. Check on the granola after the 10th and 15th minute to make sure it's not burning at the edges. If the edges of the granola are looking a lot darker, give the granola a mix.
    320 g (3 cups minus 2 tsp) whole rolled oats, 4 heaped tbsp light-brown sugar, 3 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp coconut oil, 4 tbsp. water, 3 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • Once the granola has been in the oven for 20 minutes, add in the coconut flakes and place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes until the coconut is golden brown (keep a close eye on it, as it burns quickly).
    75 g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Take the granola out of the oven. Leave to cool slightly, then mix in the dried cranberries. Leave to cool completely before pouring into an air-tight jar.
    100 g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries


This granola should keep for a minimum of two weeks in an air-tight jar at room temperature.
Nutritional Information is per serving, based on getting 15 servings.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Minnie says:

    5 stars
    Just taken this out of the oven, kids will running down stairs for Sunday breakfast any minute. Guess whose their favourite person – ME. Thanks for a yummy recipe.

  2. Tracey says:

    I agree who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast! Great site, I am a Food Blogger Pro member as well.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ha ha glad you’re with me on the chocolate front Tracey. Nice to meet a fellow FBP member too. Love that site, it’s sooo useful!

  3. Andrea Ryun says:

    Dang, making granola right now and just found this recipe. Guess I’ll have to grab some cocoa powder next time. Sounds yummy.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Andrea, yeah you’ve got to try it, it’s awesome 🙂

      1. Andrea Ryun says:

        Making your chocolate one today! Also another kind in the crock pot at the same time.
        I’m covering all the bases today.

      2. Nicky Corbishley says:

        Hope you enjoyed it Andrea 🙂

  4. anniesnomsblog says:

    Homemade granola is my favourite thing to have for breakfast, but I’ve never tried a chocolate version. Now I’m thinking why the heck not because any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast, right???!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I’m 100% with you there Annie 🙂 Plus it’s only a little bit of chocolate……. 🙂