Chocolate Crunch Granola

My hankering for chocolate granola finally got the better of me …

So I dropped everything, marched into the kitchen, and threw together a mix of tastes that would satisfy me .

But I barely got a taste before they kids piled in from school and smashed bowls of it with almond milk and raspberries.

We have since just eaten it by the handfuls, layered into parfaits, lobbed into a bowl with fruit and yoghurt, and topped it onto smoothies.

This Chocolate Crunch Granola is seriously one of my favourite things to munch on.

The recipe is quite forgiving so feel free to use your preferred mix of nuts, seeds and spices.

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Chocolate Crunch Granola
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 1 cup activated buckwheat kernels (optional, I use Loving Earth brand. They're exy but they last forever)
  3. 1 cup coconut flakes (and an extra cup if you're not using the buckwheat kernels)
  4. 1/4 cups sunflower seeds
  5. 1/4 cup pepitas
  6. 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (because I love hazelnuts and chocolate)
  7. 1/2 cup chopped apricots (I use sulphur-free and organic), you can use sultana's, dates, dried figs, but it is important to include some dried fruit as it helps to cut through the bitterness of the cacao and is just plain delicious when mixed with everything else
  8. 1 tsp ground ginger
  9. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  10. pinch cloves
  11. 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao (depends on your taste)
  12. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  13. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or essence
  14. 3 tablespoons rice syrup (or you can use maple syrup)
  15. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (I just put the coconut oil into a ramekin and pop into the oven while it preheats to melt)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C
  2. Line a big baking tray with baking paper
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl
  4. Add coconut oil, vanilla and rice or maple syrup
  5. Spread the mixture in the tray
  6. Place in oven for 10 minutes and check 2-3 times, each time stirring it around to ensure it's cooking evenly and the edges aren't burning. Total cooking time will be around 25 mins
  7. Allow to cool completely before transferring granola to jar or container, so you get those nice chunky pieces.
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4 Comments   

  1. Diahann

    This looks yum Bren, thank you! Can’t wait to whip this one up with my mini-me 😘

  2. Kylie

    This recipe works beautifully with out the cacao too (i’d Run out). I used dates and call it sticky date granola – delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

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