Homemade Granola; Chocolate, Almond, Coconut Granola Recipe

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After having some delicious homemade granola this past weekend at my aunt and uncle’s in Toronto I was inspired to make some granola of my own. I have only made granola once before and it turned out quite well. The first time was this summer and I made an almond and hemp seed granola with currants in it.

My idea for granola this time around was chocolate coconut. I decided to do a little google search just to see if anyone else had made a chocolate coconut granola before. The first one I found was a raw cacao and coconut granola by Kelly Childs. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients to make a raw granola not to mention a dehydrator. Something that is on my list of kitchen wants.

The second recipe I checked out was the type of granola I had in mind and was very similar to the recipe I had made up in my head. It is from a blog called Sugar and Charm. The blog itself is quite amazing. The design, the photos, and the videos. Very professional and quite beautiful. The blog is “a lifestyle and entertaining blog focusing on hosting tips, sweet recipes, charming crafts, design, photography.”

What I found quite funny and I only realized afterwards is that Eden from Sugar and Charm had posted her granola recipe that morning. What a coincidence!

I used the recipe from sugar and charm for inspiration, but as I mentioned I already had a recipe in my head. I liked the idea of adding some cacao powder as well as cacao nibs. I didn’t want to cook my granola with the raw cacao nibs, so I only added them after the granola was already baked. This way I kept the incredible nutritional value of the raw cacao in my granola.

A note about baking. Be sure to keep your eye on the granola and stir it a few times. I got distracted while creating a new smoothie recipe and my granola got a little browner than planned. Still delicious, but just a reminder, be aware. We don’t want any burnt granola.

Of course I used coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. This granola is made with top quality ingredients which makes it healthier than many other granolas made with more refined oils, and is incredibly delicious. I really hope you give it a try.

 What is your favourite kind of granola? What kind of granola recipe should I make next for the site? I would love your suggestions.

Chocolate, Almond, Coconut Granola

4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 325F

In a large mixing bowl combine the rolled oats, shredded coconut, almonds, cacao powder and sea salt.

Heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan until it melts. This will allow you to measure it if it was solid. Add the maple syrup and heat for a couple minutes on medium-low.

Pour the oil and syrup mixture over the oats mixture and stir well making sure everything gets coated.

Lay the mixture out on a large baking sheet.

Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown, stirring a few times throughout.

Allow to cool and store in an air tight container.

 

Other recipes with Raw Cacao:

Spiced Energy Bars
Healthy Vegan Hot Cacao
Raw Cacao, almond butter, hemp seed smoothie
Raspberry, cacao, hemp squares

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If this granola doesn’t make you happy, or even if it does, hopefully this song does.

I haven’t been able to stop playing Gwen McCrae’s album Melody of Life all week.  This is one of the incredible songs on the album that is very appropriately titled.  JOY!

Makes me feel good every time I hear it.  Hopefully it has the same effect on you.

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