Defining moments of adulthood: realizing that you can buy a box of Cocoa Puffs cereal whenever you want; admitting that what you should be buying is Grape Nuts. Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola offers the best of both breakfasts—big chocolate taste with a feel-good healthy boost.

Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola with Cherries on a pan

One of the fun parts of being an adult is that no one can stop you from making potentially imprudent, positively satisfying eating decisions.

Craving Captain Crunch for all three meals today? Opt for the peanut butter flavor at breakfast (protein), then Crunch Berries at lunch and dinner (two servings of fruit), and you just dominated the food pyramid.

Mom isn’t here to judge—or to correct your logic.

Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola gives me the happy sensation of eating chocolate for breakfast, without a smidge of regret.

Despite its rich taste, Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola is 100% whole grain, lower in sugar than most granola recipes, and is made with heart-healthy olive oil. Its flavor reminds me of a less sweet, breakfast-appropriate version of an Almond Joy.

Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola with Coconut. Healthy and unbelievably addictive!

If you haven’t used olive oil to make granola before, it’s lovely.

It gives the granola a light, crispy texture and mild, fruity flavor. I adore this granola recipe for the way the nutty olive oil pairs with the dark cocoa, tart dried cherries, sweet coconut, and toasty almonds.

If you haven’t made granola before, period, I can’t imagine a better recipe with which to begin.

This Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola beats the pants off of anything store bought for its taste and texture, plus its far more cost effective and you know exactly what is in it.

The recipe makes a large batch, but it saves for 2-3 weeks at room temperature and up to one month in the fridge.  (For the record, my batch lasted 10 days. This chocolate almond cherry granola business is addictive.)

Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola on a pan with dried cherries
Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola with Coconut and Cherries. BEST granola I've ever tried!

Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola

5 from 2 votes
A simple and addictive recipe for homemade granola with chocolate, almonds, and cherries. Made with heart-healthy olive oil and other good-for-you ingredients!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 5 cups


  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (light and fruity)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries


  • Place rack in center upper third of oven and preheat to 300 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the olive oil, light brown sugar, and honey. Stir over medium heat, until sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour the warm olive oil mixture over the oat mixture. With a wooden spoon, gently scoop and fold, coating the oats and nuts, until fairly evenly moistened. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared backing sheet, press down gently with the back of a wooden spoon, then place in oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, removing from oven and stirring once every 10 minutes. When finished baking, granola will be slightly toasted around the edges and smell amazing.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Stir in dried cherries.


Store leftover granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for 1 month.

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  1. I am pretty much always down for chocolate for breakfast. Plus when you toss this over Greek yogurt, it is totally breakfast-appropriate!

  2. Erin, I love the use of olive oil. I think sometimes we forget to use in when making sweet treats and only think of it for cooking meals. I have used it in my cakes that call for vegetable oil…definitely changes the flavor, but only in the best way! I’ve only made homemade granola once, need to again so I can add it into my yogurt :D

  3. Does anyone really eat grape nuts?! I used to try to be healthy and eat them, but it was always hard to choke them down. I can really get on board with this granola though! I really need to start making my own, it looks so easy and I’m sure it is much better than most that you can buy. I really like the taste of olive oil and love that you used it in your granola :)

  4. I love being a grown-up! I can eat chocolate for breakfast and nobody bugs me about it. And I love how your recipe has nutritional value so I don’t have to feel bad!

  5. Love this recipe and the idea of using olive oil!! Chocolate for breakfast sounds like an amazing way to start the day :)

  6. I’ve been really wanting to make my own granola lately!
    Since I’m currently on holiday it hasn’t been possible yet, but keeping this for when I do =)

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  7. Oh, granola. I love it. I seriously could eat granola all day… just by the handful, sprinkled over yoghurt (or ice cream, don’t judge) or eaten traditionally with milk. This olive oil and chocolate version sounds divine, I’m definitely going to try it!
    P.S my favourite thing about this post is that I can see you in the spoon! x

  8. Haha… Yes, you are totes right about one of the best things about being an adult… Left over pizza for breakkie… Boom, take that Ma & Pa. LOL! We get to make all our own decisions about the food we stuff into our gobs. :) Big fan of granola, although I really don’t eat it that much. If I could be at all bothered to ensure I ate a proper breakfast, this would be top of my list. :)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend Erin, thanks for another fab post.

  9. Hi Erin, this looks wonderful, I always eat my chocolate in the morning, it is the most appropriate time.

  10. I could eat granola all day! Love this one Erin, especially since it means I can sneak in some chocolate for breakfast :) I really like the sound of the olive oil in here too – can’t wait to try this one!

    1. I totally agree that granola should never be limited to breakfast. Thank you so much Anna!

  11. Hahaha oh I can remember when I first got my car and thought I was “an adult”. I could go eat whatever food I wanted… whenever I wanted. That is, until I realized all that costs money, and as an 18 year old, that’s something you don’t have a lot of.

    Totally going to check out this recipe. It sounds amazing Erin!!!

  12. Don’t even like bananas, but I am going to try this recipe….as they do look very good and with a cup of walnuts in them, how bad can they really be eh ?
    Just found your blog, it looks very interesting…. I used to work for several attorneys, so will enjoy your blog since you are an attorneys’ wife :) Good luck to you both…..5 stars

    1. The more walnuts the merrier I say :) Thank you so much for saying hi and for your kind words! We’ll see how the whole “attorney’s wife” adventure goes–I can tell you I certainly won’t miss the exams, lol. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Misty! I’ve only tested the granola as written, but you could try omitting it. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. I have been making granola for years, this is the first one that came out crunchy! Thank you for all your recipes using olive oil or almond butter for heart healthy and guilt-free baking projects. I dissolved 1/2 cup granulated allulose in 1/4 water as the sweetener and the granola comes out toasted and lightly sweet but with a lower glycemic index.5 stars