We love granola in our household. I usually bake a fresh batch every weekend and we go through it during the week. Its so versatile! You can have it with your choice of milk with a side of fruit for a quick breakfast. You can sprinkle some in your yogurt or even have it by itself for an energized snack. This healthy chocolate granola is crunchy and full of good Omega 3 fatty acids.
If you don’t like your granola to have a chocolate flavor (which I don’t understand why but I don’t judge) you can check this version of healthy granola that I make. Make sure that you read the tips section as they equally apply in this recipe so don’t miss them as they are very important for a great success!
What you will need and substitutions
- Nuts. In this case I used almonds but feel free to use any nuts that you like. I had made it in the past with a combination of almonds, walnuts and cashews.
- Oats. Rolled oats is the variety that you need for this recipe. If you want to make this gluten free just use gluten free oats.
- Nut butter. I used almond butter this time. But you can use any nut butter that you like. You could even use sunflower butter or a combination of many nut butters. A great combination is half almond and half peanut butter.
- Honey. Just make sure that the honey that you choose doesn’t have any other weird ingredients in the label.
- Cocoa. This gives the granola a great and delicious chocolaty taste.
- Coconut oil. I haven’t tried with any different oil. Avocado oil might work well. I would avoid any strong tasting oil like olive oil though. I would avoid any highly processed oil like sunflower or canola.
- Shredded coconut. Theoretically you can skip the coconut but he, who doesn’t like coconut right? It adds a lot of flavor and crunch.
- Dried fruit. I usually use dried raisins but you can use any dried fruits that you like, just make sure that you dice them.
Panos’ favorite snack is granola clusters with yogurt. I usually pack them with a side of fruit and/or vegetable. In this case, on Panos’ eco-friendly stainless steel snack-box *, I packed a good portion of yogurt, some granola clusters, clementines, kiwi and cherry tomatoes. This snack-box is just amazing! The perfect size for a toddler/kid’s snack.
The store bought granola usually contains a lot of refined sugar and/or processed oils. This is the main reason that I like to make my homemade granola. Besides it is so much fun to make your own as this could be the perfect recipe to let your kids in the kitchen. They can measure the ingredients, pour them into the mixing bowl and stir. So, let’s get into baking and create memories!
Healthy chocolate granolaCourse: Breakfast, SnackDifficulty: Easy
3 cups rolled oats
3 cups almonds
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup raisins
3 tbsp coconut oil melted
2-3 tbsp 100% cocoa powder, depending how dark you like it
1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven at 365F (185 degrees Celsius)
- Blend the almonds in a blender to chop them down in smaller pieces
- In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients except the raisins and stir well
- Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and pour the ingredients making sure that you spread the granola as well as possible
- Bake for 20-25 minutes making sure that you stir once in the middle of baking
- Once is ready let it dry COMPLETELY before you stir in the raisins
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