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Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Granola with Cranberries

A grown-up granola with dark chocolate, oats, buckwheat, coconut, and cranberries that you can feel good about eating and serving.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Granola
Author: The Subversive Table


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (not the instant kind)
  • 1 cup buckwheat
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup pecans roughly chopped (almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts work too)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries


  • Place dry ingredients into large bowl (oats, buckwheat, coconut, nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds, cinnamon, salt).
    Dark Chocolate Granola, dry ingredients
  • In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil until (mostly) melted. Add maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
    Dark Chocolate granola, wet ingredients
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.  Spread on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 325 F for 25-30 minutes, until it smells nutty. The color should not change too much.
    Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Granola
  • Cool completely. For looser granola, stir from time to time until completely cool to create a loose texture. For bigger clumps, leave as is. When the granola is mostly cool, break up into chunks.     
    Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Granola
  • When completely cool, mix in dried cranberries and/or cherries.  Transfer to an airtight storage container.
  • Serve with natural yogurt and a drizzle or honey or almond milk.  
    Dark Chocolate Granola with Cranberries


This recipe is gluten-free.  Oats are naturally gluten free but are often cross-contaminated with trace amounts of gluten.  Look for gluten-free oats if you want a "pure" gluten-free granola.
This recipe is also dairy-free, if you serve with almond milk or dairy-free yogurt.