I have an obsession with breakfast food. Cereals and crunchy granola, in particular. I eat a bowl of either one every morning, and another bowl of either one (sometimes I mix ‘em up in the same bowl) for a late night snack.
I also love eggs, bacon, crepes, pancakes, French toast… oh sorry, this post is not about any of these.
Back to my Chocolate Granola. I love it.
I mix it up with a bunch of dried fruits, I sometimes add in chocolate chips, and there are times when I use it to dress up my ice cream. Yep. I’ll take granola any way that I can.
The chocolate granola that I make came about because of my husband. He doesn’t care for breakfast, but he cares a lot for chocolate. This was the best way that I could get him to eat his needed amount of fiber for the day. I’m such a good wifey.
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried fruits (optional)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven at 325.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, salt and dried fruit.
In a small saucepan, pour in the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all ingredients are coated.
Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly.
For a crunchier granola, bake it for a few minutes longer; the browner the granola, the crunchier it will be.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
While the granola is still a bit warm, break up some of the larger clumps.
Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container.
Serve with milk, yogurt or even ice cream and some fruit.
Keeps in an airtight container for weeks.
One more thing you should know about granola; it keeps you “regular”. I’m not even going to try to find a fancier way to convey that message. It is what it is.
Add just one other thing; Store-bought granola can be high in fat and calories. (And in price!) Create your own so that you can control the amount of fat, calories and sugar.