Chocolate Granola

Granola

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.

Granola

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.

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Chocolate Granola
 
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Chocolate Granola - Breakfast never tasted SO GOOD! It's healthy, too!!
Serves: Makes 6 Cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon wheat germ
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits (optional)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 325.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, salt and dried fruit.
  4. In a small saucepan, pour in the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all ingredients are coated.
  6. Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly.
  7. For a crunchier granola, bake it for a few minutes longer; the browner the granola, the crunchier it will be.
  8. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  9. While the granola is still a bit warm, break up some of the larger clumps.
  10. Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container.
  11. Serve with milk, yogurt or even ice cream and some fruit.
  12. Keeps in an airtight container for weeks.
Notes
Keep in an airtight container.

 

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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. Smile

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.

Comments

  1. says

    Ah, what we do for the men in our lives? I love homemade granola. I have never tried a chocolate version. I cannot believe it is just 2 Tbsp of cocoa.

  2. says

    I’m with you… I could basically live on cereal and granola! I have to say I’ve never had chocolate granola, but wow, I can sure imagine a scoop of this crunchy treat over ice cream, or may yogurt! MMm!! Congrats on a well deserved Top 9!!

  3. says

    Like you I eat granola every day, usually on top on my yogurt, an you are right about it being expensive. This sound perfect. I’ll give it a try, but without the chocolate! Not that I don’t love chocolate, but just not in my granola. Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    Great Granola recipe, Kate!!! I’ll love the taste – I am sure!! And I love your photos – so stunning and beautiful!! Oh, and congrats on Top 9 – absolutely deserved… I’ve been busy recently and couldn’t spend as much time as I’d like with you guys :)) but I will catch up now…

    • says

      Hi Mina!! I know what you mean… I have been really busy with trying to improve my site that I haven’t had much time to go through my favorite food blogs… I hope to catch up this coming weekend because it looks like I’m almost at the finish line with uploading this site to a new host.
      You and I are both on Top 9 today!!! YAAAAAY!!! Congrats sweetheart!

  5. says

    My daughter has just made her first homemade granola for a 5 star junior post coming up and we are both totally addicted to it (junior actually put choc chips into her portion)! Absolutely love the idea of adding cocoa powder.

  6. says

    I’ve never heard of chocolate granola, but it sounds and looks good! And those hubbies do always need a push in the fiber department. haha

  7. says

    I’ve never been a fan of granola before making my own! I did love one granola… that was very expensive and still not as good as homemade ;). Yours looks yummy :).

  8. says

    I have a weakness when it comes to granola…I can eat it dry with a spoon, with milk, on ice cream…any way is OK with me! Your version looks wonderful…and gorgeous photos as always!

  9. says

    Oh I love this! I’ve made granola with dark chocolate chunks but never with cocoa powder. I am so looking forward to trying this recipe!

  10. says

    Your homemade granola sounds and looks amazing! Maybe it’s time for me to make some and if I decide to do so, I will be back to your post- bookmarked! It is always a pleasure to stop by your place and eye-eat something delicious :)

  11. says

    Oh, I am freaking out over this recipe! It sounds so good! I have a chocolate granola that I found a few months back and I have not been able to find it since. This will be perfect!

  12. says

    Kate, made a mistake reading this before going to bed since I want this for breakfast already. Will need to get my act together quickly to make this for something different this week. It looks SO good! What lovely photos, as usual 😉

  13. says

    Mmmm, this looks delicious! I love granola, too, and much prefer homemade! With a few tweaks (dark chocolate chips and agave instead of honey) your delicious granola is vegan! Awesome! Thanks for the great recipe!

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