Protein-Packed Cacao Granola!

For granola that crunches and munches in all the healthy ways, we have got you covered with protein-packed cacao granola!

Here’s the deal: cacao is the raw form of chocolate. Cacao is the HEALTHY form of chocolate. It grows on trees in football-like colorful pods. When you open a cacao pod, you’ll find huge seeds inside that are called cacao beans even though they’re seeds (weird but just go with it). If you dry the beans, remove their skin and press on them a bit, they crumble naturally into….NIBS!! (Gotta love cacao nibs.)

But ferment the nibs, grind them up, extract the fat (aka cacao butter) and you’ll get yourself some decadent cacao powder! Which is chock full of antioxidants and minerals – especially iron and magnesium. (And is not the same thing as cocoa – not just in its spelling. Cocoa is heated and also has sugar and other crap added to it, cacao is unadulterated awesome.)

K, so clearly, consuming chocolate by way of cacao is how you can justify calling chocolate “healthy.” And this truly amazing, easy to make, high in plant-protein, quinoa-based CACAO GRANOLA is how you can justify eating chocolate for breakfast.


Protein-Packed Cacao Granola!

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  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup quinoa (dry, raw, not rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup Sunwarrior Classic chocolate protein
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder (or 3 for really chocolatey quinoa!)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ? cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons (or ¼ cup) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small saucepan on the stove, stir to melt the wet ingredients together over low to medium heat.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl over the dry ingredients. Mix together well.
  5. Dump granola mixture onto a baking sheet and put into the oven for 12 minutes.
  6. After 12 minutes, take the granola out of the oven, move it around with a spatula and put it back in the oven for another 3 minutes.
  7. Remove and let cool then let your mouth and spoon run WILD! 

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