Chocolate orange has long been one of my favourite food combinations.
There’s just something about it, and I find it utterly irresistible.
Of course, for many people, chocolate orange is all about Christmas and the festive season. But, for fellow chocolate lovers, I’ve decided that this is something that needs to change – chocolate orange should be enjoyed every single day! Starting with breakfast.
This delicious Chocolate Orange granola is my favourite morning indulgence.
It it sweet, rich and crunchy – and incredibly satisfying when served with creamy coconut yoghurt and alllllll the berries.
It is also packed with plant-based, vegan goodness, including ground flax (for healthy, hormone balancing fats!), chopped nuts, antioxidant-rich cacao and freshly-squeezed orange juice.
In fact, it tastes so yummy that I guarantee you will find it difficult to resist! Granola never lasts beyond a day in my house, all of us grabbing it by the handful to eat and devour as a snack on the go…
Anyway, if you can resist it this long, this really does make a perfect breakfast!
Enjoy and savour,
Chocolate Orange Granola
- Serves 4-6
- For the dry ingredients –
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup ground almonds (can sub for desiccated coconut)
- 3 tbsp ground flax (I love Yum & Yay)
- 1 cup nuts (I used walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds), roughly chopped
- Zest one orange
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- For the wet ingredients –
- Juice two oranges
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp cacao butter, coconut oil or butter
- 4-5 tbsp cacao powder (dependent on taste)
- 4 tbsp maple syrup (or more, to taste)
- Drop orange extract (to taste – optional)
- For serving –
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Coconut yoghurt and fresh berries (optional)
Start by preheating your oven to 140C and lining two baking trays.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together all dry ingredients.
- In a pan, gently melt the cacao butter. Remove from the heat once liquid. Whisk in the cacao powder until smooth and chocolatey, then add in the orange juice, maple syrup and orange extract.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry mixture until well combined, using your hands if needed to form small clumps of granola. Taste and add more sweetness or cacao, if desired.
- Arrange the granola onto the baking trays in even layers. Cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Switch off the oven, leave the oven door open and allow the granola to cool completely.
- Once cooled, stir through the raisins and chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve with dairy-free milk, or yoghurt and berries.