Decadent Chocolate Granola

Chocolate buckini granola

Everyone loves granola, don’t they? Crunchy, chewy and sweet – and packed with texture and bite – it’s the perfect topping for sprinkling over yoghurt, porridge or just grabbing by the handful.

Of course, many pre-prepared granola mixes available to buy in supermarkets are loaded with added sugars, even though they pretend to be healthy. Plus, none of them even shine a torch to a delicious, homemade granola.

However, it’s just as sumptuous when served as below, since this rich, chocolatey granola is made with a homemade chocolate. It tastes divine, feels a little bit decadent and naughty – and is wonderful as a mid-afternoon treat. This never lasts long in my house, especially when the toddlers are around. Eat it quick while it lasts!

Decadent Chocolate Granola:

Homemade chocolate granola

Ingredients:

  • For the chocolate –
  • ½ cup cacao
  • ¼ cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup cacao butter, melted (or sub for more coconut oil)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • Pinch Himalayan salt
  • For the granola mix –
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup buckinis
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160C then line a baking tray with baking paper. Start by making your chocolate. Gently melt together the coconut oil and cacao butter, stirring often to prevent burning. Stir in the maple syrup, cacao, vanilla and salt and whisk smooth. Set aside to cool slightly and to thicken.
  2. In the meantime, toss together your granola ingredients. Stir in the melted chocolate until the granola is evenly coated, then turn onto your prepared baking tray. Place in the oven to bake for around 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Turn off the oven, and leave the door open (leaving the tray inside) so the granola can crunch up a little. I like to do this for around ten minutes.
  3. In the meantime, toss together your granola ingredients. Stir in the melted chocolate until the granola is evenly coated, then turn onto your prepared baking tray. Place in the oven to bake for around 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Turn off the oven, and leave the door open (leaving the tray inside) so the granola can crunch up a little. I like to do this for around ten minutes.
  4. Leave to cool, then stir through the choice chips and store in glass jars. Serve with coconut yoghurt to enjoy!

Author: Sam

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