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The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Granola!

 

 

Do you remember the time back when you were a kid, and you would pour your cocoa pops cereal out of the box and watch the milk in your bowl turn from white to a chocolatey  colour?

 

I’m forever a kid at heart so I was tempted to create the same experience with my granola.

This is my ultimate

Dark

Chocolate

Granola.

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It’s intensely chocolatey, yet it has the right amount of sweetness that is not overpowering.

I’m all about the texture when it comes to granola, and this ticks all the boxes.

It has that satisfying crunch from the clusters. Plus with the lightness of the pecans and denser texture of the almonds . And in combination with the chewy dates.

Crunch. Munch. Munch.

It’s a texture-tastic party in your mouth ya’ll!

 

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Dry

1 1/4 cups of oats

1/4 cups of pumpkin seeds

1/4 chia seeds

1/4 cacao nibs

A handful of roughly chopped pecans

A handful of roughly chopped almonds

3 Tbsp of  cacao powder

A pinch of salt

A handful of chopped medjool dates

 

Wet

2 Tbsp of coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup of maple syrup (or honey, agave, or another sweetener you prefer)

1/8 cup of almond butter

 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 150 Celcius.

2.  Mix together dry ingredients (without the dates) into a large bowl. You can also substitute the oats with other chopped nuts to make the granola grain free. Make sure to mix thoroughly as to ensure everything is wrapped in the cacao chocolatey goodness 🙂 Feel free to use less cacao powder if you want the granola to have less of the biteersweet dark chocolate factor.

3. Add the maple syrup (or any other sweetener you are using), the almond butter and melted coconut oil. If the almond butter you are using is already salted, you may leave out the pinch of salt beforehand. Be sure to taste at this point. You can add more or less sweetener depending on the level of sweetness you prefer.

3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and pour onto a pan lined with a baking sheet. Spread it evenly.

3. Put into the oven for 25-35 minutes. Stir it every 10 minutes or so, so it doesn’t burn. As it continues to bake, and when you stir, it will form clumps, especially around the nuts, making crunchy granola clusters!

4. Take it out and wait for it to cool.

5. Store in an airtight container and it will remain fresh for 2-3 weeks (if it lasts that long that is) :p

6. Eat the granola with a bowl of almond milk (or another milk substitute you prefer). You can also have it on top your favorite breakfast toppings (yogurt, smoothie bowls), or even just to have as a snack!

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Unlike cocoa pops, this granola is not only packed with chocolatey goodness but its also good for you!

The chia seeds give it a dose of omega 3 fats, the cacao powder gives a choc-load of antioxidants that are good for repairing your body’s cells and increases blood flow to the brain better concentration!

Plus, that bliss factor that none other than chocolate can give you 🙂

The oatmeal, nuts, coconut oil and almond butter combination give you amazing healthy fats and protein too!

 

So, what are you waiting for?  Make a batch for the week ahead and have all of your chocolatey cravings satisfied!

Be sure to tag me @wellnesstogo and use the  #Wellnesstogo on instagram. Tweet at me too @thewellnesstogo !

I would love to see your creations!

 

Enjoy! I’m going to snuggle up with this bowl of granola while watching my favorite tv show to wind down for the Sunday. Here’s to a great week ahead!

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Lotsa love,

Gaby

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Granola!
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Ingredients
  • Dry
  • 1¼ cups of oats
  • ¼ cups of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • ¼ cacao nibs
  • A handful of roughly chopped pecans
  • A handful of roughly chopped almonds
  • 3 Tbsp of cacao powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A handful of chopped medjool dates
  • Wet
  • 2 Tbsp of coconut oil (melted)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup (or honey, agave, or another sweetener you prefer)
  • ⅛ cup of almond butter
Instructions
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat the oven to 150 Celcius.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients (without the dates) into a large bowl. You can also substitute the oats with other chopped nuts to make the granola grain free. Make sure to mix thoroughly as to ensure everything is wrapped in the cacao chocolatey goodness 🙂 Feel free to use less cacao powder if you want the granola to have less of the bittersweet dark chocolate factor.
  4. Add the maple syrup (or any other sweetener you are using), the almond butter and melted coconut oil. If the almond butter you are using is already salted, you may leave out the pinch of salt beforehand. Be sure to taste at this point. You can add more or less sweetener depending on the level of sweetness you prefer.
  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and pour onto a pan lined with a baking sheet. Spread it evenly.
  6. Put into the oven for 25-35 minutes. Stir it every 10 minutes or so, so it doesn't burn. As it continues to bake, and when you stir, it will form clumps, especially around the nuts, making crunchy granola clusters!
  7. Take it out and wait for it to cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container and it will remain fresh for 2-3 weeks (if it lasts that long that is) :p
  9. Eat the granola with a bowl of almond milk (or another milk substitute you prefer). You can also have it on top your favorite breakfast toppings (yogurt, smoothie bowls), or even just to have as a snack!

 

2 Comments

  1. 1y8zmj4p1@hotmail.com'

    Mmm, made it & substituted the 1/2 cup of wuatlns for 1/4 cup of dried cranberries & 1/4 cup of sliced almonds and threw in a little bit of chocolate protein powder. So delish

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