Chocolate Maple Granola (paleo, vegan, nut free, gluten free)

Are you still working through your gift list? I definitely am! 

I’m here to help you out with that “I’m just not sure what to get them” friend or family member on your list. Homemade gifts are not only thoughtful but beautiful. 

Now, I know we are in the last few days before Christmas, so the need for something effortless and time efficient is key. I developed this recipe for Chocolate Maple Granola with just that in mind.

 

This granola is paleo, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free.

Perfect for friends where you’re not sure how far their allergies extend. Better be safe than sorry ; ). Not only that, when chocolate meets breakfast… well, just say “hello :  )”. Have I mentioned it also smells completely like heaven while baking? So not only do you get to enjoy some relaxed time in the kitchen, knowing that you’re doing something really special for that friend or family member on your list, you also can savor the aroma. Why not turn on your favorite holiday playlist and sip some coffee or tea while you’re at it? I linked up my favorite in my recent post, Christmas Tree Decoration Tips.

 

This granola is amazing for breakfast served 3 different ways. Pair with:

1- milk 

2- almond milk (recipe here!)

3- over some vanilla grass fed yogurt. This is my favorite kind. 

 

Beyond kickstarting your day with this, you can also keep a little jar by your desk at work or in your car for some mid day fuel. I love adding a little extra large flake sea salt to allow for this later in the day treat. It just gives it a pleasant saltiness and texture and adds a nice depth of flavor.

You can package this up however you like. I really love the look and feel of gifting it in a jar. This Fido 1-Liter Jar with Clamp Lid is perfect. These Fido jars also come in copper here. Add a special holiday touch by tying it off with your favorite ribbon. The direction here is up to you. If you want a more neutral look, this plaid ribbon is great for guys or girls. Finish it off with a sticker or two. I used a vintage set from Rifle Paper Co like this. Cannot ever go wrong with Rifle!! There’s also this adorable nutcracker set

Hope you enjoy making this! Whether you keep it in your own kitchen for a holiday treat or – make a double batch for gifting, I’d love to hear what you think. Send me a note on social!

And just in case you want more inspiration for holiday gifting ideas, see this post from last Christmas for 4 step DIY Giftable Chocolate Bars.

Happy Holiday Gifting, Friends!

CK

 

Chocolate Maple Granola

Chocolate Maple Granola

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This granola is vegan, gluten free, and - nut free. Not only that, when chocolate meets breakfast… well, just say “hello :  )”. Have I mentioned it also smells completely like heaven while baking? 

If you don’t have agave, substitute for all maple syrup. If you don’t have cocoa nibs like these (favorite!), then omit from the recipe and add a touch more cocoa powder.

Ingredients

  • 277g (3 cups) gluten free oats
  • 150g (3 cups) large coconut flakes
  • 105g (2/3 cup) pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 26g (⅓ cup) cocoa powder
  • 64g (½ cup) cocoa nibs
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3.5 oz (½ cup) coconut oil
  • 5 oz (½ cup) maple syrup
  • 50g (3 tablespoons) agave
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or grease lightly
    2. In a large bowl, toss all dry ingredients.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. 
    4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring quickly to ensure even coating. 
    5. Spread mixture onto two large prepared baking sheets. Note: you could fit it all on one sheet, but the key here is that it’s evenly spread out. 
    6. Place in oven and bake, stirring every 5-8 minutes to prevent burning on edges. If you have a well-loved oven, consider also swapping the two sheets halfway through. As the granola bakes, keep a close eye on it, as each oven will cook a little differently and coconut flakes tend to burn faster than anything else. Granola is ready when golden brown, 25–35 minutes.
    7. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle lightly with flaky sea salt if you want to enjoy this like a trail mix. Let cool. Break apart clumps. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks or freeze. 

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