Copycat: Dark Chocolate & Strawberry “Love Crunch” Granola

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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
  • ~1 oz freeze-dried strawberries or mixed berries (can swap dried strawberries if desired, use ~1/2-3/4 cup)



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!!

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    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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    February 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Awesome, I love that stuff. I was Googling a copycat recipe and landed here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to try to make my own. I will use Simple Truth Freeze Dried Strawberries from Kroger and the 72% Cacao Chunks too.

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      February 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much Kara! It’s super addicting:)

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    Marwa Alessa
    September 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Wow i think you did it perfectly โค๏ธ

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      October 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much Marwa ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daniele Cox
    March 12, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    I made it vegan by using maple syrup instead of honey and it worked great! Thank you for the recipe!

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      April 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    April 18, 2020 at 9:37 pm


    Just what I was looking for! I only have sweetened coconut though and am trying to not go out (you know- the whole pandemic thing). How would I modify this recipe? Thanks so much!

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      April 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Hi Julia! You could just decrease the honey by a couple tablespoons. When decreasing honey, sometimes I add in some juice or egg whites to replace the liquid so it continues to bunch together! Happy baking ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Could I use dairy free โ€œbutterโ€ spread in place if the coconut oil?

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      August 6, 2020 at 10:25 am

      I’ve never tried, but I’m sure it would work out great!

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    Jen G
    January 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    The granola is delicious but for the dehydrated strawberries I have 4 oz seems like way too much. How many would you say you use in cups? I ended up using about 2/3 cups which weighed less than one oz and it was plenty.

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      January 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Jen, thanks for the comment! I will have to update my recipe :). I originally had made this recipe with dried strawberries, and when I was finally able to get freeze-dried, I changed it but must have forgotten to update my amounts! I have on my notes that I used 1 package (1.0 oz) of freeze-dried, so you were 100% correct with your measurements. Glad you enjoyed!

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    January 12, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Mmmmm. This is really good! I doubled the recipe but used only one 1.2 oz bag of freeze dried strawberries and it still tasted pretty spot-on. Thanks for sharing!!

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    October 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Love Crunch granola is my favorite! I love the dark chocolate peanut buttervone as well if you ever feel like making another copycat granola recipe

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    January 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Made a couple of batches of this recipe as a Christmas gift for work friends and they all loved it. Thank you!

    Now I need to go make a batch for myself ^.^

    • Reply
      January 2, 2022 at 10:07 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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