Chocolate granola for breakfast? Sure why not! The combination with raw cacao, dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, which is loaded with almonds and walnuts is something we all love. And because I use whole grain flakes of oats, barley, rye and spelt it’s something I can definitely say is healthier than any standard boxed cereal — and without actually saying it. Yes, that was the first question from my favorite Schwabe’s oldest son, Leander asked. “Is it healthy?”. Little white lie. Just try it, it’s delicious.
Of course, there is no refined sugar. I could have used something like agave syrup. It’s sweet like honey and of course lighter on the calories and but really we are talking CHOCOLATE granola here. Is that necessary? And after all I am Canadian, which means I love my maple syrup and its rich, distinct flavor.
So this recipe makes one big jar, and let’s just say, it doesn’t last long… two or three days tops!
It’s fantastic served with a little unsweetened almond milk, OR mixed with your morning muesli, OR together with some chia pudding OR… all by its glorious self — as a perfect little snack.
So easy and totally fail safe, this recipe is also naturally vegan since I use organic vegan chocolate. It can easily be made gluten-free by replacing the oats with certified gluten-free oats. And it uses pure, raw organic cacao.
Pure, raw, organic cacao is just amazing. So is pure vanilla bourbon powder. Cacao itself is great for your health and is a high energy food, according to David Wolfe, the raw cacao master (you can watch his TEDx talk about it here!).
“Real” chocolate is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and whole lot more. One of the best parts, besides tasting great, is that chocolate is also rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer (crucial in the production of serotonin) which can help reduce anxiety AND has the same impact as love in our brain. So I guess that’s why chocolate is often associated with Valentine’s day.
So go ahead and add more raw, pure and organic cacao into your diet and start feeling its amazing effects!
Dark Chocolate Granola
Total time: 45 minutes
Yields a 1 litre jar
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil (equates to 60 g)
100 ml pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
3 cups old fashioned oats (I use 4-grain flakes made from oats, barley, rye & spelt) (300 g)
1/3 cup almonds, chopped (40 g)
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (40 g)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (30 g)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder (30 g)
pinch of sea salt
100 g organic dark chocolate chips (55% cacao)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until combined.
Add the oats, chopped nuts and coconut flakes. Stir until coated. Add the cacao and salt; mix well until combined. Finally, add the chocolate chips and stir again to combine.
3. Spread the mixture evenly onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and set aside on a wire rack to cool in the baking tray.
5. Once the chocolate granola is fully cooled, transfer the granola to a glass jar or other airtight container.
6. This chocolate granola can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. But I guarantee it won’t last that long! Enjoy! :)