Copycat: Dark Chocolate & Strawberry “Love Crunch” Granola

Re-creating grocery store foods is one of my favourite things. It’s like a challenge. And I love challenges. As was the case with Love Crunch Granola– It’s filled with dried berries, chocolate, and coconut. More of a treat than a breakfast, but delicious just the same. And quite addicting.

My best friend K, as well as my father, have both always loved this granola.  K and I’s dads are good friends, so whenever my father would visit their house, he would go into their cupboards and steal the granola to munch on. 

In conclusion – we owe K’s family a lot of granola… and it was going to get expensive. So to reimburse them for all the granola my father has “borrowed”, I made my own, Copycat “Love Crunch” Granola. And with less sugar. 

Copycat Love Crunch Granola

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Serves: 6 (1/2 cup servings) Cooking Time: 30-40 min


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 oz freeze dried strawberries or mixed berries



Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.


Mix together the oats and coconut.


In a larger bowl, stir together the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and cocoa powder, and ground cinnamon.


Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well coated.


Empty ingredients onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so until golden.


When the granola is cooled, crush some of the freeze dried berries (I used a plastic bag and a rolling pin to powderize). Stir in the chocolate chips as well as the whole and crushed freeze-dried berries.


Store granola in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt and fresh strawberries, and toasted coconut.

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  • Reply
    Nicole Rando
    August 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome ‘hack’. Tastes just like the store brand. I didn’t have berries, so substituted 1/2 cup of slivered almonds and it came out fantastic! Thank you!!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Loved it! We chopped some almonds in place of the coconut and added 1/4 cup whole flaxseeds. Delicious! We used Trader Joe’s freeze dried strawberries, but would love to know what brand others use.

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