For years I kind of forgot about granola. All those wasted years…
They came back into my life after I saw gorgeous bags of overpriced granola in the organic section of my supermarket. I really wanted to buy them all and drown them in homemade nut milk, but the price tag and the never-ending list of ingredients put me off: palm oil, sugar, aromas, etc. Thanks, but no thanks.
Luckily, making it at home is SO easy!! BTW, did you know that granola doesn’t actually have to be overly sweet or fat? I had to come up with a healthy recipe because I couldn’t find any that didn’t belong in the dessert section.
In fact, your taste buds change once you start eating healthier. Food I used to love is now often too sweet or too salty. If you still like it on the sweeter side though, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of coconut sugar to the mixture. And then next time you make them, decrease the amount until you no longer need the added sweetness.
Oil-free chocolate granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup raw hazelnuts cut in pieces
- ¼ cup raw almonds cut in pieces
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- A pinch of salt
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs optional
- Preheat oven to 325F (160C).
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, the nuts, the coconut flakes, the seeds and the salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cacao, the cinnamon, the water, the maple syrup and the vanilla extract until you reach a thick chocolate sauce consistency. Pour it over the oat mixture and stir well until well coated.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat . Spread granola on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake for approximately 10 more minutes.
- Let cool completely. Stir in cacao nibs if using and stir. Store in an airtight container.
These granola are only slightly sweet, which is what I love about them. If you would like them sweeter, as dessert for example, add one or two tablespoons coconut sugar to the oat mixture before stirring in the chocolate sauce.
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