Chocolate Granola

I love granola but very rarely buy it. For one it is so expensive and secondly I eat too much if it is in the house.  Making your own granola is quick, easy and allows you to control what goes into it and how much you make. The base ingredients for any granola are healthy – oats are full of protein and minerals and have a long list of benefits, seeds are a rich source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids and nuts are rich in antioxidant vitamins.  So what’s the downside?  Well, all that lovely sweet crunchy yumminess comes from the added sugars and oil which are needed to bring it all together.  That’s where making your own is better as you can play around with different sweeteners –  honey, stevia, maple syrup are all better than refined sugar.  Try different oils too – a popular choice is coconut oil which I do like but it is very expensive.  Add in different nuts and seeds, dried fruit, even chocolate for a very special treat – the variations are endless.  If eaten in moderation then granola has more health benefits than downsides.  The key word here is moderation – I made this chocolate granola last weekend with the intention of taking photographs for my blog but it was polished off by all four of us snacking on it throughout the day.  This weekend’s batch has been photographed and stored away out of sight until tomorrow’s breakfast 🙂

Enjoy!
Chocolate Granola

Chocolate Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 portions

Chocolate Granola

Ingredients

  • 50g brown sugar
  • 4 tblsp water
  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tblsp honey
  • 50g milk chocolate
  • 200g oats
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 50g brazil nuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Place the sugar, water, oil, honey and milk chocolate in a pan and heat gently until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, cocoa powder, seeds and nuts.
  4. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spread the mixture on to the baking tray.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, and using a spatula, turn the granola every 10 minutes or so. Watch carefully as it does tend to brown quickly especially around the edges.
  7. Remove from the oven and press down firmly whilst still in the baking tray. Cool completely.
  8. Once cool, break into chunks and store in an air tight container.
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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Granola

  1. Laura

    I cannot get over how good this looks. I know I’d be one to snack on it constantly, trying to use the excuse that the oats cancel out the sugar! Thanks for sharing it with We Should Cocoa =)

  2. Honest Mum

    That looks amazing and I made something similar mashing up oat and coconut cookies (similar recipe on my blog) to create granola to be enjoyed with yoghurt, must try it with chocolate too for a more decadent breakfast. Adore this post and your photography. Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays. Hope to see you again this Tuesday and do feel free to link this one up again if you like so more link-ers can see it x

  3. Kate Thompson

    Great post – lovely pictures. I used to make granola – but I *still* eat too much of it lol as it is SO “moreish” – fab dry too!
    #recipeoftheweek

  4. bailey

    This looks so good, I can’t wait to try it! About how long do you think I can store this granola for before it goes bad??

    1. Angela DarrochAngela Darroch Post author

      Hi there – it won’t go ‘bad’ but may go soft after some time. If you store in an air tight container it should stay fresh for a couple of weeks.

  5. kitchen flavours

    Hi Angela,
    I have been meaning to make granola for a few weeks now! Though I would be the only one who will eat it in the house! Yours looks wonderful and with chocolate, maybe my kids would munch on it too!

  6. Choclette

    Just love your photos. I reckon you could make anything look good. I don’t make granola very often as I don’t really like sweet things for breakfast. But when I do, I use date syrup to bind and sweeten along with some honey. Works well and is meant to be quite healthy. If we have any in the house, we tend to eat it as pudding rather than breakfast – it is rather scrumptious!

  7. Emily @amummytoo

    Oh my WORD! This looks truly wonderful – I’m going to make it for brekkie this week. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and hope to see you linking up again soon! 😀 x

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