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Crunch, crunch, slurp, crunch, yum! This is what you hear when we are having chocolate granola for breakfast. It’s an easy and delicious breakfast to enjoy. Not so sure it’s so healthy with the added chocolate but if you’re a dark chocolate fan like I am and keep the added sugar to a minimum it shouldn’t be that bad. And the added nuts and seeds most surely increase the health factor. And after all, you deserve a splurge once in a while!
All you need is a bowl of milk or yogurt and you’re good to go! Or get yourself the granola jar and munch it on it’s own. Delight!
So, this is easy to make, super delicious and well on the healthy side if you’re counting in the nuts.
It doesn’t last long in our kitchen.
Have one! You’re invited!
Forget about the store bought full of sugar and other chemical stuff. This is how you do it at home! Remember that you can mix in your favourite nuts or dried fruits and the chocolate you like.
Homemade Chocolate Granola
500 grams of rolled cut oats
100 grams of walnuts (or mixed nuts of your choice) roughly chopped
100 grams of dried fruits (I like dried figs and he likes cranberries)
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of light molasses ( go for 2 if you prefer the granola sweeter but keep in mind the chocolate you will use )
2 tablespoons of cocoa
a pinch of salt
100 grams of melted and cooled chocolate ( I use dark, 74 % )
50 grams of chopped chocolate
Heat the oven at about 100° C / 212° F. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. In a large bowl add the oats, roughly chopped nuts and dried fruits. If you’re using figs or other big fruits cut them into smaller pieces. Mix lightly with a spatula. Drizzle the melted coconut oil, the water, and the molasses. Mix well with the spatula until all oats and fruits are covered and wet to touch. The mix should be wet that the cocoa you add in the next step adheres to it. Add the cocoa and salt and mix until granola is coated in cocoa evenly.
Spread the mix in the tray evenly and put in oven. Lower the heat of the oven (I turn it down to the lowest temperature) so that the granola doesn’t burn especially if you have an oven with a temper. Leave in the oven for about 1,5 to 2 hours but keep check from time to time. When done, the granola should be dried and crunchy. Turn off the oven and take out the tray and allow the granola to cool.
When cool, mix in with the melted chocolate. The mix absorbs the chocolate. leaving the granola nice and coated in chocolate. Spread again on a baking sheet and allow it to harden a couple of hours. I usually make the granola in the evening and leave it till the next day to harden. For added chocolate crunch I mix in 50 grams of chopped chocolate before placing the granola in jars.
When all is said and done, grab a bowl and enjoy! Have a chocolatey day!
Like the sweet life (La dolce vita!), share it and enjoy it with the loved ones. As what is made out of love must give back love.