Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola Clusters Recipe

February 1, 2019

Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola Clusters made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy homemade granola!

Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!

I’m the annoying person who opens a bag of granola. And then picks out every single cluster then eats the rest of the crumbs afterwards.

live for granola clusters. They’re my favorite snack (dipped in nut butter). Every time I need a little nosh or something crunchy to snack on, I pull out a bag of granola and go to town.

The granola love affair likely isn’t coming as a surprise to you guys as you see me post on Instagram daily about ‘nola. Whether that’s sprinkling it on my breakfast or dessert bowls or just snacking on it during the day, it is my go-to always. Ever since Quaker was one of the only brands making granola. I used to snack on that one constantly. And in the dining hall in college, they had a huge tub of it and I would always get some to go in a coffee cup (I’m crazy, I know).

I’m not biased when it comes to grain-based or grain-free granolas. I usually spice things up a bit and mix them together in fact. My fridge constantly has a few bags opened. You may be wondering why the heck I store granola in the fridge and it is to make it extra crunchy! I find some brand’s granolas tend to get soggy if not. I do buy granolas more than make them (guilty since it is easier), but I do love making some homemade clusters when I can.

And now I finally have a homemade GRAIN-FREE granola recipe to share with you! With CLUSTERS!

The number one most requested recipe is finally here. This Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola is going to be your new BFF, I can promise you that. It bakes in one big mama cluster and then you break it up into smaller pieces. This recipe is so easy to make and it is even plant-based and relatively lower in sugar compared to most granolas in the store.

I use a base of raw nuts, coconut flakes and seeds and sweeten it with a little maple syrup and of course the dark chocolate chips.

Enjoy Life Food’s Dark Chocolate Morsels are the ultimate melty chocolate chip to add to this granola. As you know, their baking chocolates are a staple over here in my kitchen. I love using them in desserts, breakfasts, snacks, anything. Plus they are free of all the top allergens. You likely have seen Enjoy Life Food’s products  in most grocery stores. They’re not too sweet (especially the semi-sweet ones) and add the most perfect sweet crunch to this clustery grain-free granola recipe!

A few FAQ about my Grain-free Granola with clusters

  • Why do you make grain-based granola instead of one with oats? I make all types of granola! I personally love mixing grain-based granola and grain-free granola when I make some. Some follow a paleo diet, where oats aren’t paleo-approved. Granola is too good not to eat so a grain-free one is a great option. Grain-free granola also adds a ton more healthy fats with more nuts than your usual granola.
  • How do you get the clusters so big? Following this recipe exactly is key in getting epic-sized clusters. You need to perfect mix of coconut oil, maple syrup and nuts.
  • Where do you store your granola? I LOVE keeping my granolas in the fridge. They stay extra crunchy that way and I love granolas with that extra crunch. You can also freeze this!

If you make this Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola at home, don’t forget to tag me on instagram. I hope you guys LOVE!

Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!


Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola Clusters

Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds, cashews, pecans, coconut flakes, flaxseed and cinnamon and evenly toss
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, coconut oil and water then pour on top of the nut mixture and mix well to evenly combine
  4. Pour the granola on the baking sheet and press down into the sheet forming a large rectangle, filling up the sheet (this is to help make clusters)
  5. Bake in oven for 15 minutes then rotate the baking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes
  6. Remove from oven (it should be one large cluster) and allow the granola to cool for a few then toss the dark chocolate chips on top
  7. Break the large cluster into smaller pieces and enjoy!


*Store granola on container for 5 days, fridge for 2 weeks or freezer for 2 months

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16 Responses

  1. I did this today. The taste was good, but not as pretty as yours. Mine was very greasy. I melted the usual coconut oil, I wonder if it is different from liquid coconut oil? I don’t know what I did wrong.,

  2. Omg you are just killing it over here. You did not even skip a beat being a new mommy and all! This looks delicious can’t wait to try it!!

  3. This is the BEST granola that I have ever made or eaten. So easy to put together, so crunchy and clustery, and the most delicious flavor! I am amazed by how perfect this is — make this now!!

  4. easily the BEST, crunchiest, and most flavorful granola EVER! just made a batch for my mom and I and we can’t stop!!! these clusters are insane you killed it with this girl

  5. not even vegan or GF and LOOOOVED this! my mom usually hates granola (idgi) and she is obsessed with this. thank youuu

  6. Hi there!
    I dislike coconut, any recommendations on a substitution for the coconut flakes? Thank you.

  7. I feel your pain- I eat the clusters first, then devour the crumbs with a serving spoon to satisfy my animal self! This looks gorgeous- making it tomorrow and can’t wait to dive deep!!

  8. Any keto sub for the maple syrup? I was thinking of reducing the amount but thought it may not clump well enough to get those insanely gorgeous, huge clusters. Can’t wait to make this ASAP!😘

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