Healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

Granola is awesome and everything but whenever I eat it, those darned oats seem to find their way to my chair, my floor, my clothes, my purse…  it just crumbles all over the place and I hate it.  So I made granola clusters — bite-sized treats that stay together rather then fall through your fingers.

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

Oh, and I also hate baking oatmeal in the oven…  the first batch I made burned and I gave up right there.  It’s July, it’s warm.  The oven should not be on right now.  So I made no-bake granola clusters — super easy finger food that you don’t need an oven for at all.

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters!  It’s a long name, but it gets the point across.  Wait, I forgot to say that this recipe is sugar free, high protein, gluten free and vegan!

I’m serious.

~2 cups

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters



  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut butter and microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.
  2. Stir in the almond milk, coconut extract, truvia and salt.
  3. Stir in the protein powder, then stir in the cocoa powder.
  4. Use your hands to work in the rolled oats (the warmth keeps the coconut butter soft... the mixture should be like slightly crumbly cookie dough).
  5. Compress the mixture into small clusters with your hands and place on a sheet of parchment paper on a plate.
  6. Refrigerate the clusters for ~2 hours then slice them with a knife into desired size (or keep them large if you like).
  7. Portion the clusters into baggies and refrigerate for an easy on-the-go snack or just snack on them right now 🙂

I thought I would do a little nutrition label comparison between the granola they sell on my campus (Bear Naked brand) to my homemade granola clusters.  The Bear Naked nutrition label is on the left,  the DWB nutrition label is on the right:

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For the same weight of granola, my recipe has:

  • 70 less calories
  • 23g less carbs
  • more fiber
  • more protein
  • NO added sugar

The nutrition label on the right is nutritionally balanced, with healthy fats, complex carbs, fiber and complete protein…  basically the epitome of a perfect breakfast  🙂

Hmmm don’t mind if I do!

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Jealous?  You should be  😉

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

17 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola Clusters

  1. I understand that asking this question defeats the purpose of your recipe, but I’ll go ahead and ask anyway…

    As I am allergic to oats and do not have any quinoa flakes at home, what might you suggest I substitute it with? Coconut shreds?

    Thanks, girl 😉

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Zosia- Oh yeah, totally! I’m sure shredded coconut would work just fine, I would omit the coconut extract though otherwise it might be too overpowering. I wish I could send you a box of my quinoa flakes, I bought a 6-pack off amazon and have sooo much now 🙂

  2. This looks amazing… They really look like little jewels in that sundae bowl with the rich red background 🙂 Oh, and the “Don’t mind if I do” coupled with a picture of your hand picking one up really cracked me up – and did indeed make me jealous!

  3. It’s like you read my mind! I always pick out the massive chunks of granola and leave the single oat bits in the bag, never to be seen (eaten) again! 😀 The big clusters are just so much more satisfying! I can’t wait to try your recipe 🙂

  4. But, yours has 5g more saturated fat and more sodium, too.

    • Jessica | Desserts with Benefits

      Coconut Butter is the source of saturated fat, and coconut is a very healthy ingredient. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut are more readily available for use as energy in the body and are much healthier than animal-based saturated fats.

      And if you want to lower the sodium then just omit the salt!

      -Jessica 🙂

  5. Could I use regular protein powder blend for this recipe? I have Optimum Nutrition chocolate protein powder on hand…

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Hi Teresa,
      I haven’t tried using other protein powders in this but I’m sure it will work. Just an FYI, brown rice protein powder absorbs a lot more water than whey/egg/casein protein powder so you might need to add an extra scoop or two… maybe even three. Every protein powder works differently.
      I hope you like the recipe!

  6. Loved this recipe! I like the idea of portioning it out for a grab and go snack, too, and I found this to be much more filling and satisfying than regular granola! Only thing I missed is the crunch 🙂

  7. This looks great! Do you think this recipe will work without any protein powder – or is it a must-add? Thanks!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      I haven’t made this recipe without the protein powder so I’m not sure how it would work out without it. If you omit it, I would recommend adding more cocoa powder and more sweetener. Let’s say, 2 more tablespoons of Dutch cocoa and 2-3 more packets of Truvia. Cocoa powder is very bitter without sweetener, and the protein powder comes pre-sweetened with stevia. Just give it a taste as you go along 🙂
      Hope you like the recipe!

  8. No mess AND I can have chocolate in my breakfast?! Yes, please!

  9. Hi, these look amazing. I can’t wait to make them. I’m just wondering what program you use for your nutrition labels, the side by side comparison was great.

  10. Perfect balanced (and delicious) breakfast? You don’t need to tell me twice.

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