Cocoa Almond Granola gives your everyday breakfast routine an upgrade — it’s full of all the good stuff like oats and almonds, with a little bit of cocoa to make it fabulous.

Did your mom ever let you buy Cocoa Krispies or Coco Puffs when you were a kid?  Remember how your plain old white milk magically turned into chocolate milk by the time you were finished with the cereal?
That was so cool.

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw Joy’s recipe for Cocoa Granola.

It’s time for round 3 of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook Off  hosted by Heather at Girlichef.  She asked a group of bloggers to join her in getting out the word— Joy Wilson of the Joy the Baker blog has a cookbook debuting this month!  We got  advance copies of the book in exchange for sharing with our readers a few of Joy’s recipes. For week 1 I made the unbelievable Frosted Brownies.  Week 2 featured the elegant Lady Grey Tea Cakes, and now this week it’s free choice!

Cocoa powder in granola—why didn’t I think of that?  I’ve been making homemade granola since college, and I thought I was being creative with it, but now see I was stuck in a rut.  Joy thought outside the box and takes granola into a new arena.   She says this is the perfect late night/wee hours of the morning food, but I see it as an after school snack or decadent breakfast.  I used the super deep dutched cocoa, which is why my granola looks so dark, but I think regular cocoa powder would have been better, at least visually.  If you’re in the mood to embellish, how about some tart dried cherries and mini chocolate chips

Cocoa Almond Granola

Cocoa Almond Granola


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, honey, oil and butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the warm sugar mixture over the oat mixture and toss with a wooden spoon. Toss until all of the oats and almond bits are at least moistened by the sugar mixture. Spoon mixture onto prepared baking sheets and place in the oven.
  5. Bake granola for 30 minutes, removing from the oven to toss and stir 2 to 3 times during baking. Granola is done when it is toasted around the edges and fragrant.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks.


recipe from Joy The Baker Cookbook

Joy the Baker Cookbook is now officially on the shelves!

So cool.





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25 Responses to Cocoa Almond Granola

  1. jean miller says:

    Hi Susan, this looks wonderful! Wondering if the granola can be frozen? Thanks for all the great recipes.

  2. Cathy says:

    Sue, I made this for my running group and everybody loved it. It’s richer, more flavorful than classic granola- but not cloying or over rich. I took out the butter for my vegan friends and added dried cherries. Yum!

  3. I love snacking on granola and this looks like a winner for me and my kids if they can get to it before me. Great pics also :)
    Take care.

  4. Kim says:

    I have a fetish for all granola recipes. I’m almost always drawn to them. Your granola looks amazing and I love your suggestion of adding dried cherries and chocolate chips. Lookin’ good!

  5. Bo says:

    I very rarely make graola, but this is one of the recipes I’m dying to try. btw gorgeous pictures.

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  7. Cathy says:

    I’m going to make this for my running group- they’re going to love it!

  8. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Must look out for Joy the Baker – this looks sensational.

  9. BeetleBuggy says:

    Absolutely delightful! I’m bookmarking this. Btw, what cocoa powder do you use? It looks gorgeous in the photo and so unlike the normal ones I use.

  10. Michelle says:

    A grown up version of cocoa krispies. I like! Great pick this week!

  11. I love Joy the Baker and I love granola too! (In fact, I have a recipe scheduled to post soon.) Great pics!

  12. Cocoa granola sounds yummy though I don’t know if I have enough self control for this breakfast treat.

  13. Mary says:

    Sue, the granola really sounds delicious. My fear would be I’d eat it out of hand and gain a hundred pounds. What the heck! We only live once :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  14. Kirsten@My German the Rockies says:

    I ordered the book yesterday and can’t wait for it to arrive. My family LOVES granola and this one would be a fantastic new addition. Thanks!

  15. Lizzy says:

    Mmmmmm….I love homemade granola! I rarely make it as I can’t seem to keep my hands off it…such temptation! I never would have thought to add cocoa, but it looks fabulous~

  16. What a fun promotion. I am still drooling over your peanut butter/shortbread cookies. My husband could never have sugar cereal as a child (unless they went on a road trip). So, every year, the kids and I wrap several boxes of Captain Crunch or Fruity Pebbles for him. He groans but we know he LOVES it.

  17. momto8 says:

    your kidding!! I think i have found my favorite recipe! the cocoa powder and granola does throw me off a bit..but by your pictures I can tell this is just great! thanks!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  18. oh does this sound good. i cannot wait to try this. thanks sue.

  19. Yum! Yes, please! I know that this is usually breakfast or snack fare, but it looks like a killer dessert to me!

  20. Wow! What a super idea, and I know my sons will both love this. It will be a perfect for an Easter holiday breakfast. Jude x

  21. Mary says:

    Joy never fails to take standard recipes up a notch. I am planning to pick up her cookbook this weekend. :) Have a fabulous day, Sue!

  22. I like the chocolaty color of the granola. Great idea!

  23. Mmmm…I could definitely wash it all down with that chocolatey milk. Awesome choice, this granola looks decadent, delicious – and your photos are all so beautiful!

  24. Yes I do remember the chocolate milk left behind by my Cocoa Krispies :) What a nice memory! This granola does look fantastic and I love the ingredient list. Great photos and very nice post :)

  25. Your photos are fabulous, outstanding actually and just pop off of the screen. Homemade is always best and these look beyond great. I can almost smell the vanilla from here.

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