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Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola

    This easy homemade chocolate granola recipe is scented with cinnamon and filled with whole grains, nuts and flax seed.

    Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola - An easy homemade chocolate granola recipe

    We make granola on the regular in our house and in fact, I’ve been making this Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola for weeks but and am so excited to finally share it with all of you.

    Homemade Chocolate Granola Recipe - An easy homemade chocolate granola recipe

    Filled with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg plus two types of chocolate, your family is going to love this addictive snack. A pinch of cayenne gives it a little kick but feel free to add more or omit it entirely. 

    Homemade Chocolate Granola Recipe - An easy homemade chocolate granola recipe

    Since the granola is tossed with honey and olive oil, I find the subtle hint of heat is the perfect spice to balance out the sweetness of  this chocolatey granola.

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    Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola Recipe

    5 stars average
    This easy homemade chocolate granola recipe is scented with cinnamon and filled with whole grains, nuts and flax seed.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 32


    • ¾ cup honey
    • ½ cup olive or canola oil
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
    • 3 cups oats
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • ½ cup flax seed meal
    • 1 cup chocolate chips


    • Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with oven-safe parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together first 8 ingredients: honey through cayenne.
    • Toss in all remaining ingredients (oats through flax seed meal) and stir until everything is evenly coated with chocolate mixture.
    • Spread oat and nut mixture evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool on pan for 30 minutes then break up granola into bite-sized pieces.
    • Toss together granola with chocolate chips before serving.


    Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 18.4gProtein: 2.7gFat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 2.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 10.9g

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    1. I made this granola yesterday and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Instead of mixing in a bowl, I warmed up the honey and oil and mixed everything in a pan on the stove and then spread out on a baking sheet. Turned out great! Can’t stop eating it. Love the addition of cayenne in it.

    2. Just pulled this out of the oven a bit ago, my kitchen smells amazing and I swiped a small taste-test… this will definitely rival my favorite chai granola recipe! The cayenne is what makes it so yummy!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! It will definitely become a staple for me!

    3. Oh my goodness! Making this granola has been on my radar ever since it was posted, and I finally made it! Absolutely incredible! I don’t even think I will add the chocolate chips – so rich and wonderful without them! Thanks for a real winner!!!!!

    4. This granola sounds intriguing, although it is significantly sweeter than any granola I currently make. I’m sure that some of the honey is to balance out the cocoa powder. Question: in the recipe you call for canola oil, but in writing about it you mentioned olive oil. Which do you actually use?

      1. Sorry about the confusion – I use olive and canola both and don’t notice any different in taste so just use whichever you prefer or have on hand. As for the sweetness, feel free to use less honey! It’s all up to you – make it your own. :)

        1. Thanks, Liz. In that case I would probably use avocado oil, which is what I most often have on hand; it’s a good neutral flavored oil. And I’m sure I would use less honey. I’m not big on real sweet things, and won’t tell my husband who likes things real sweet, that I changed it…

    5. Wow, I tell you what…wow! Do you think you would serve this for breakfast with milk? Do you think it would work that way?

      Yes, I almost always have homemade granola on hand at my house. Have any recipes with peanut butter?

    6. This looks delicious! Within the post you wrote that the granola is tossed in Olive Oil, but then in the recipe it says canola. Do you recommend one over the other? I love granola that has pepitas, pecans, cinnamon, sea salt, and is tossed in coconut oil, maple syrup, and some brown sugar. Yummy!

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