Make your own Healthy Cacao Granola

It seems like I have just got back from Australia, and tomorrow I leave for 5 weeks in beautiful California, so watch this space for some healthy, nutritious meals coming out of Kelly’s kitchen, where we will be cooking up a storm.

But before I leave, here is my new healthy granola recipe which is simple and quick to make. I have added all the goodness of raw cacao, organic rolled oats and nuts, making this chocolate granola super healthy and nutritious. Serve this Healthy Cacao Granola in a bowl with cold milk or yoghurt, and add banana or berries for an energy boosting breakfast that is a healthy alternative to processed chocolate cereals found in the stores.


I seem to be on a chocolate obsession at the moment.  But I can’t get enough of this delicious organic cacao that I brought home from Australia.  Cacao is not easily obtainable in South Africa, and it can be super pricey, so if you can’t find any, use cocoa powder, it is also highly nutritious.  Read the packaging and make sure you buy dutch cocoa powder or one that  does not have tons of added sugar.

This is such a healthy breakfast option for the kids, they are going to love the taste, and so will you. When you add milk, the cacao seeps into it making a delicious chocolate milk that will entice them even more.

Its also great for an afternoon sugar low fix, or an evening chocolate snack.



For another delicious granola try this Healthy Breakfast Granola overflowing with nutritious coconut, nuts, rolled oats, and cranberries.

Or these great Breakfast Granola Cups filled with your favourite fruit and yoghurt.


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5 from 2 votes
Healthy Cacao Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Healthy
Author: shades of cinnamon
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 tablespoons cocao or cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs (or dark chocolate nibs)
  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC / 320ºF
  2. In a large baking tray mix the oats, cinnamon and almonds.
  3. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil and agave syrup/honey or golden syrup. Add the cacao powder dissolved in the hot water .
  4. Heat until all the ingredients are dissolved and smooth. Remove from the stove.
  5. Add the vanilla essence.
  6. Pour this mixture over the oats and stir until thoroughly coated.
  7. Spread granola in an even layer in the baking tray, and bake for approximately 20 minutes .
  8. Cool completely before adding the cacao nibs.
  9. Delicious with a splash of almond milk for breakfast or eat alone as a snack.
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  • Reply Elizabeth July 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    At home, we are ALL chocolate and granola lovers. This is a simple, yet delicious idea to start the day! Thanks for this, Ev!

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon July 2, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      Yes, its a great combination, thanks for your comments Elizabeth.

  • Reply Jenny July 2, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    I loved your healthy breakfast granola and make it on a weekly basis so will most certainly try this one. I am salivating just looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing yet another awesome recipe.

  • Reply Joanie July 9, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Hi Ev, the Health Shop at Flanders Mall has Organic Cacao Powder plus Cacao Butter. I sprinkled some over my muesli recipe but it was a little bitter. Reading your method, I would now mix it with the Coconut Oil first – will try it. Missing your chocolate treats. Have a wonderful time being a foodie in the States.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon July 9, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Glad we have somewhere near that stocks that Joanie. Cacao is very bitter thats why I like to add a little honey or agave, plus vanilla and cinnamon – cuts through the bitterness. Haven’t cooked a meal yet, I am being thoroughly spoilt with gourmet breakfasts from Brendon and delicious healthy dinners from Kel.

  • Reply Georgina September 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Hi Ev, it’s so nice to have time to enjoy your beautiful posts again. My goodness these are quite amazing pictures, the colours are so delicate, the light is perfect, I have to say they are pure work of art. The recipe is very interesting and different too, I can’t wait to try. Where did you get those beautiful spoons from?

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon October 3, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      Hi Georgina, Thanks so much for such kind words about my pics. Aren’t the spoons darling? I bought the spoons in Paris, but have since discovered them all over Europe in every kitchen shop. You should have them in the kitchen departments of your big department stores in Aussie . xxx

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