Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola (with a secret ingredient!)

This easy 5-ingredients only chocolate granola recipe is a chocolate lover’s breakfast dream! It only takes 10 minutes of prep time and will definitely sweeten up your breakfast routine!Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola with sweetened condensed milk piled up in a white cup

Post titles like this one are fun, I like them. Easy Chocolate Granola with a Secret ingredient doesn’t it sound mysterious? It makes me want to know instantly what the key to this crunchy homemade chocolate granola is!

But I also hate these suggestive titles, in a way.  My little chocolate granola hack does not even come close to being a true secret ingredient, duh. I’m not Coca-Cola and anyway, I’ll just give you the chocolate granola recipe in a few seconds.

Now tell me, is this secret ingredient the reason you’re here? Or is it because you just want a quick and easy recipe for homemade chocolate granola? Whatever the reason, stick with me, you’re at the right place. Or you can scroll down directly to the chocolate granola recipe. But really, stay. I like talking to you.

Close-up of homemade Chocolate Granola in a white breakfast bowl

So this chocolate granola is made with {drum rolls}….sweetened condensed milk! Because of this secret addition, you’ll only need 5 ingredients to make this delicious chocolate granola.

Thanks to the sweetened condensed milk, there is no need to add sugar, honey, maple syrup or oil. You will only need the basic granola ingredients: oats, cacao powder (or cocoa), nuts and vanilla extract.

You mix everything in a large bowl, pop it in the oven and 25 minutes later you have the crunchiest, most delicious chocolate granola EVER. Eat it with milk or yogurt, straight out of the jar, or use it to make chocolate granola bars!

2 bowls filled with homemade chocolate granola made with sweetened condensed milk

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Chocolate Granola

This easy 5-ingredients only chocolate granola recipe is a chocolate lover's breakfast dream! It only takes 10 minutes of prep time and will definitely sweeten up your breakfast routine! Eat it straight, with milk or yogurt, or use it as a base to make chocolate granola bars!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword #breakfastrecipe, baked, chocolate, condensed milk, crunchy, delicious, easy, granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 461 kcal


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 toasted almonds chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C

  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, condensed milk, cacao, vanilla extract and toasted almonds. Mix, using a spatula until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and pour oats mixture on it. If you love clusters, make sure to press the granola firmly onto the baking sheet (it will be a bit sticky!).
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Halfway through baking (after 12-13 minutes), take the sheet out of the oven and gently flip your granola (this will allow an even baking and your granola will be crunchy on all sides). Put it back in the oven.
  5. After 25 minutes, remove the granola from the oven, let it cool and transfer it to an air-thigh container.

Recipe Notes

Want more than 3 cups? Double up the ingredients but don't overcrowd the baking sheet. Bake your granola in two batches or use two baking sheets.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Granola
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 534mg15%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I will be trying this asap. My almost three year old is obsessed with oats and asks for them everyday. This can be a nice little chocolate surprise for him (and for me too!). Thank you for the recipe.

    1. How cute! 🙂 I hope your little one will like this chocolate surprise (and mommy too!) Thanks for stopping by Samantha!

  2. This sounds wonderful, except for the sweetened condensed milk, which disturbs me, because it has sooooo much sugar and therefore lots of calories. I may try to play around with this because I love chocolate, and love homemade granola. The idea I have is to use evaporated skim milk with perhaps some stevia or a mix of stevia & evaporated cane juice to add sweetness. I try to watch my calories, and I usually use granola only as a topping for açai bowls, one of my favorite breakfasts. Thank you for this great idea.

  3. I could live off granola for days! I just eat it straight – like candy! I really want to try your version with sweetened condensed milk!

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