In desperate need of some chocolate?
Today (or any day…really, who are you kidding?), get your fix with this luscious chocolate and coconut granola! Have a scoop topped with your favorite kind of milk for a decadent breakfast or sprinkle just a little over some fresh fruit and yogurt for an indulgent snack.
While granola in general is not a low fat food, this clean eating version is full of healthy fats. It is also loaded with antioxidants but, unlike most store-bought granola and cereal, does not contain any refined sugar, artificial flavors, dyes, preservatives or other additives. Just remember – as always – moderation is key!
- 4 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup milled flaxseed
- 1/4 cup raw almonds, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw organic honey
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 dropper liquid chocolate stevia
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 275º F.
- Brush a cookie sheet with 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, coconut flakes, flaxseed, and almonds.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the remaining coconut oil over low heat. Whisk in the honey and cocoa powder and bring to a simmer. Keep cooking, whisking constantly until everything is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract, chocolate stevia, and salt.
- Pour the coconut oil and honey mixture over the oat mixture and combine with a rubber spatula. This may take a while and you might think there is not enough liquid but keep going until everything is evenly coated.
- Put the mixture on the prepared cookie sheet and spread out into an even layer.
- Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. After 60 minutes, turn off the oven. Add the chocolate chips to the oats and let sit in the warm oven for another 10-15 minutes. Stir and let cool.
- Oats contain high quantities of dietary fiber – soluble and insoluble. The insoluble fiber in oats is important for digestive system health. The soluble fiber is known to lower bad cholesterol and may help fight the risk of heart disease.
- Baking the oats on a low temperature for an extended period of time gives them a nice crunch. If after baking the granola seems a little soft, give it some time to cool off. It will harden eventually so make sure you do not over-bake it.
- Stevia is a natural plant-based sweetener which, in this case, also adds a more intense chocolate flavor to the granola. I bought mine at my local health food store in the coffee section. However, if you can’t find it anywhere, don’t worry. You could just double the vanilla extract, increase the cocoa powder or throw in a few additional chocolate chips. Feel free to wing it, mamas!
- The above listed ingredients yield enough granola to fill more than two 32 oz. mason jars. I’ve been eating mine in a pretty parfait with organic blueberries, raspberries and unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt. It tastes absolutely divine and just a few bites are enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.