Christina's Cacao Nib Granola

Homemade granola is a staple in my home, always made in at least a double batch and eaten faster than I think possible. It’s perfect for topping yogurt or grabbing by the handful for a quick snack. And if you’re my 4 year old, eaten like cereal topped with milk.

fresh homemade granola on a sheet tray

When I’m in the mood to make my standard recipe feel a little extra special, I always reach for some Grocer’s Daughter cacao nibs. The nibs bring a perfectly decadent and roasty chocolate flavor to the granola while still maintaining what feels like a healthy breakfast.

While this granola could be a household staple or a special treat, it also makes a great homemade gift. Fill a jar and tie it with ribbon to send a little joy into the homes of your friends and family.


3 cups rolled oats
¾ cup cacao nibs
½ cup pecans or any other nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup neutral oil
1 tsp vanilla

homemade granola in a jar


  1. In a medium bowl, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together oats, cacao nibs, pecans, spices and salt. 
  2. Add maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Stir until well combined. 
  3. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet coated with parchment paper. 
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour, until the granola is a golden color. 
  5. Remove from oven and let cool complete on the tray. 
  6. Store in an air tight container. Keeps well for at least one month. 

Note: If you fall in love with making homemade granola like I have, this recipe is very versatile! Just keep the ratio of base ingredients (oats, nibs and nuts in this recipe) and wet ingredients (oil and syrup) the same. Experiment with different base ingredients and spices. Add any dry fruit after baking.