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Chocolate Granola

By Teresa Cutter

Chocolate Granola
Chocolate Granola

What's great about it

Sometimes you just want a little chocolate therapy without all the nasties. I've designed that special indulgent treat that will surely satisfy when the afternoon munchies hit. I love making my own granola at home and I've used 100%  pure gluten & dairy free ingredients that contain healthy brain boosting fats like almonds and coconut as well as antioxidant rich superfoods like cacao and berries. 

Ingredients

Makes 1 jar

150g raw whole almonds, chopped

100g raw cashews

1 1/2 cups (100g) organic coconut flakes

1/2 cup (75g) cacao nibs

1/4 cup (40g) Naked Chocolat or cacao

1/4 cup (60ml) organic maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

a pinch of sea salt

Sprinkle goji berries or freeze dried berries (optional)

Method

 

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C / 248°F.
  2. Chop the almonds roughly using a knife or food processor then add into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add whole cashews, coconut, cacao nibs, Naked Chocolat and sea salt.
  4. Mix through lightly with your fingertips until combined.
  5. Add maple syrup and vanilla.
  6. Mix through well using your hands - I normally wear disposable gloves for this purpose.  It's also important you continue to lightly mix for a few minutes until your raw mix looks wet and glossy. (see notes)
  7. Spread granola evenly and thinly onto a lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes - checking the granola after 30 minutes - just to make sure. (see notes)
  9. Cool granola completely then pack into glass storage jars.
  10. Enjoy as a snack straight out of the jar or topped with icy cold milk.

 

Notes and Inspiration

When first mixing the granola, it may seam a little dry but keep mixing and it will gradually become more moist, if needed add a teaspoon of water.

You can use raw honey in replace for maple syrup. Warm the honey in a little warm water before mixing through.

Add 1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Protein when mixing your dry ingredients to boost protein and amino acid profile.

My chocolate granola is the perfect pantry staple that you can enjoy as a crunchy chocolatey snack straight out of a jar or topped with your favourite icy cold milk.

Add goji berries, dried cherries or freeze dried berries after baking - the red fruits marry perfectly with chocolate.

Combine 1/4 cup of chocolate granola into a blender with 1 1/2  cups almond milk a scoop of Healthy Chef Protein and a little ice for a yummy chocolatey milkshake.

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