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 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

You will need:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.

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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.

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28 Comments

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28 responses to “Chocolate Granola

  1. 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!

  2. Must-make! Oh my husband will marry me all over again if I serve this for breakfast!! lol ♥- K

  3. Yummy! I love granola and of course chocolate granola is even better! Cute presentation, too.

  4. Love this recipe Kate, I’d like to have it warmed with vanilla soymilk.

  5. I think I am going to make this right now! This looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Gorgeous! It just amazes me how expensive cereal is from the store – and how much you can save by making it at home…and it tastes better! Great job!

  7. 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 😉

  8. Fantastic! Love the clicks too… 🙂 I really need to control my fats .. this is on my list 🙂

  9. This is an absolutely “Must Try” for me… I will make this next weekend. Love both chocolate and granola!!

  10. This looks so tasty! I love homemade granola!

  11. I make my own as well but I’ve never thought to add cocoa. What a decadent way to start the day!

  12. 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!

  13. Yum yum and some more yum! Look and sound soo delicious Kate! Nice photos too!

  14. I just made a batch of homemade granola, and now I’m wishing I had added some chocolate…plus, your photos are just lovely.

  15. 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 🙂

  16. Zoe

    This looks delicious! I also enjoyed reading your post, you have a great sense of humour 🙂

  17. Love this chocolate granola! It looks delicious and your photos are beautiful too!

  18. 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!

  19. Liz

    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!

  20. 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 :).

  21. Kate, the chocolate granola is my kind -o-food! Half breakfast half treat!

  22. 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

  23. I made chocolate granola once and it was a disaster. I’ll have to try your recipe! This looks amazing. 🙂

  24. It’s very tempting..I’m planning to make granola sometime and this recipe I like especially

  25. Granola and yogurt in the morning is a power breakfast. Never thought to make my own granola though…until now!

  26. I love adding granola to Greek yogurt for breakfast!

  27. Did you say chocolate? I love it. I’m going to have to give this a try this weekend!

  28. Love it, and I love how delicately you put, it keeps you regular. He He
    Just came to grab your new add. Hope you have a great week.
    -Gina-

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