Crunchy Barley Granola with Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Crunchy Barley Granola with Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Homemade barley granola with almonds, buckwheat and dark chocolate. Crunchy, nutty, nutritious and simple.
Course Breakfast
Category American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 Glas
Autor Elle


  • 2 cups barley flakes (240 g)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked buckwheat groats (100 g)
  • 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped (150 g)
  • 1 tablespoon mascabado raw cane sugar, alternatively use coconut sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (60 ml)
  • 70 g dark chocolate, chopped (70% cacao)


  1. Preheat the oven to 340°F / 170°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add barley flakes, buckwheat, almonds, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil and maple syrup. Warm over medium heat, whisking frequently until the two are completely incorporated (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. Immediately add the mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine until everything is thoroughly coated.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the middle rack of the oven. Remove from oven and stir/toss the granola. Turn the pan around so the other end goes into the oven first. This helps it bake evenly. Bake for 5-10 minutes more, keeping a watchful eye to ensure it does not burn. The granola done when it has a fragrant smell and is golden brown.

  6. Remove from the oven and add the chopped dark chocolate. Toss to combine (this lets it melt and coat the granola). Alternatively, let the granola cool completely before tossing with the chocolate.
  7. Let the granola fully cool in the tray before stowing away in an airtight container. It should keep for 2-3 weeks.
  8. Enjoy for breakfast with yoghurt or sprinkled on porridge.


There are a few different ways to make this recipe. Sometimes I add the chocolate at the beginning and bake it along with the granola, other times, I add it at the end and toss it to have it melt over the granola, and when I feel like just having bits of dark chocolate chunks then I add it to the granola once it has cooled.