Cashew-Chocolate Granola

I’m leaving on a jet plane…

This Friday!! And it’s going to be MAJOR!!!!

Here’s the deal. I’m heading out to Deer Valley in Park City, Utah to meet up with some of the most fabulous food blogging ladies that I know. Me, Lauren, Megan, Erin, Becky, Meagan and Annalise are having ourselves a good old fashion girls getaway. Complete with skiing, food, wine, gossip and tickle fights.

OK, maybe not the tickle fights part. But all the other stuff is totally true.

So it might be a little quiet around these parts over the next few days while I’m off having some fun. But I’ll still be hanging around social media, so definitely stop in a say “hi” to me! And if you want to follow along with our shenanigans (oh there WILL be shenanigans!), we’ll be using the hashtag #GirlsSkiGetaway.

When I travel, I always bring some homemade snacks. Because I get hangry. And there is nothing worse than being hangry when you’re 30,000+ miles in the air. So I whipped up a batch of Cashew-Chocolate Granola and booked it a seat right next to me on the flight. It’s perfect for snacking, whether you’re traveling or just cozying up at home. This granola is salty, sweet, crunchy, nutty and chocolatey. Basically, all my favorite descriptives in one place. It’s great straight from the jar. But it’s also pretty darn tasty sprinkled on top of some yogurt for breakfast.

Make sure to use a high quality dark chocolate (and check the labels!) to keep this granola vegan.



Cashew-Chocolate Granola

Yield: Makes about 6 cups

Cashew-Chocolate Granola


  • 4 cups old fashion oats (certified gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the oats, cashews, cocoa nibs and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cashew butter, coconut oil and maple syrup, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove it from the heat and pour it over the oat mixture, stirring until everything is well coated.
  4. Spread the oat mixture out onto your prepared baking sheet. Bake in your oven for 20 minutes, stirring once half way through. Turn your oven off and leave the oat mixture in your still warm oven for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  5. Once the mixture is completely cooled, stir in the banana chips and the chopped chocolate. The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week (and maybe longer, but mine has never lasted that long!).

65 comments on “Cashew-Chocolate Granola”

  1. I hope you have a great time, Liz! This granola looks like the perfect snack to be munchin’ on. Love the combination of cashews and chocolate!

  2. Liz, oh my gawd, so fun!!! what a great group!!! and love this granola . . can’t go wrong with homemade granola, yo! and I love Theo Chocolates (I had the hook-up when I was living in Seattle!)

    • I know. Theo Chocolate is my favorite. I used to live less than 1 mile from the factory. It was a favorite pit stop (THE SAMPLES!). Luckily you can pretty much find it everywhere now.

  3. Um, this granola, major. See you soon!!! xoxo

  4. This is perfect snack/travel food, Liz. Have a great trip!!

  5. Omg…yummy, yummy, yummy in my tummy tummy tummy! I love granola. Sometimes I make a batch for the week and eat it all right after I make it. #oops. And I am pretty sure when you said “Erin” was going with you on this trip…you meant Erin Weber…….did you forget to tell me? hhahaha! Have fun!!!

  6. Still can’t believe you’re going on such a fabulous trip. Ugh, jealous! Take so many pictures. Have fun! XO

  7. Oh my gosh, Liz, this sounds so good! And I’m ALWAYS looking for healthy, satisfying snacks that I can take on the plane. This is now pinned to my new board (Leaving on a Jet Plane), inspired by your words/recipe. So thanks for that!! And have a blast on your vacay! Skiing + friends + food/drinks = the best of everything in life.

  8. I second what Sarah said, so awesome and I’m totalllllly jealous! Have so much fun and I can’t wait to see pictures! Next time you are up for a getaway..I’m IN!

  9. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your down time! Loving this granola!

  10. Your girls weekend sounds so fun! Utah is just beautiful this time of year. And they have some good snow! This granola looks perfect : )

  11. OMG have soooooo much fun! I love Utah, I love Park City, and I LOVE LOVE Deer Valley. Enjoy yourself! P.S. This granola looks amazing! xo

  12. Mmm! Cashews are my absolute favorite. I could eat them every. single. day!

  13. Soooooo you are bringing granola this weekend right? Can’t wait to see you!

  14. Oh my gosh, what a great group of ladies!! You guys are going to have a blast!!!!!

  15. This granola recipe sounds fantastic! Plus granola is so great to adjust to your own tastes. Yum!

  16. Oh my gosh your trip sounds awesome!! Have lots of fun!! and these need to come on the plane with me too 🙂

  17. I’m so ready for this weekend and to finally meet you. Plus you are bringing goodies.

  18. Your getaway sounds like a blast, and this is one of the best snacks ever! Delicious sounding granola. 🙂

  19. Yesssss, hanger is the WURST especially on a flight!! I’m so totally all for a batch of this.

    I can’t wait to see you, this is going to be such a great time!!

  20. This will be the perfect in-air snack. I’m so jealous right now. Park City is amazing. Have fun!

  21. WooHoo!!! A girls getaway! Nothing better! Good thing you whipped up some granola … so you can keep your energy levels up for all those shenanigans! This granola, Liz!!! The combination of chocolate, cocoa nibs, cashews and banana chips sounds sooooo delicious! I could use some right now!

    Have a fabulous trip! Sounds like a blast!

  22. Cashews are criminally underrated. Have a great trip 🙂

  23. I love to bring homemade snacks too! This granola will be perfect- and healthy! Have a great trip!

  24. What a great group! Have fun!!! And this granola looks incredible…love to know that you’re a fellow lover of Theo chocolate. My absolute favorite is the 85%

    • Thanks, Marissa! And yes, Theo is my FAVORITE. I used to live very close to the factory. It was a frequent stop for me!

  25. Hooray, sounds like such a fun trip–have a safe and lovely holiday with your gal pals 🙂 And this granola looks DIVINE.

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  27. I am packing this for my next flight!

  28. I’ve been spying all your photos! Looks like you ladies had ooodles of fun!!! You know how much I LOVE granola. Definitely one to keep in my back pocket!

  29. I’m not a fan of being hangry in an airplane (or anywhere either). Granola is my FAVE to take on trips. Yours looks incredible. Hope your ski trip was a blast!

  30. I hope you guys had an awesome time, Liz!! It looks like you guys ate lots of amazing food, especially those grilled cheese!! I need to get better at making my own snacks to take with me when I travel because I have a bad habit of eating gas station snacks!

  31. Homemade snacks are definitely the way to go when traveling! This granola looks awesome!

    Hope you had a fantastic trip! Sounds like such a fun time!

  32. Hope you had a great trip! I am also very vulnerable to becoming hangry…and this granola looks like the perfect solution! I love love love the chocolate/cashew combo, it looks amazing!

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