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Winter Chocolate Granola

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Eating bowlfuls of wintery chocolate granola…

Bowlfuls of granola covered in milk and eaten from the comfort of your sofa wrapped up in a snuggly dressing gown… Perfect!

I love making my own granola, it’s so easy to do and you can pretty much throw flavours together and it’ll work – I’d even go so far to say it’s foolproof. For this granola recipe I’ve used chocolate as the main flavour, with a hint of cinnamon throughout. I’ve added in raw cacao but you could easily substitute for a good quality dark cocoa powder instead (perhaps add a little more than instructed below if using cocoa instead).

As Christmas is on the way, you could make batches of this granola and then pour into glass jars and tie a lovely ribbon around to make a pretty homemade gift for your family and friends. I’m sure they’ll love it as much as I do! I like to create little home-made treats for this time of the year, it’s a great way to play around in the kitchen and get creative, and then pass all the loveliness to your loved ones.

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time12 minsTotal Time22 mins
 2 tbsp coconut oil
 2 tbsp maple syrup
 2 tbsp raw cacao
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 150 g oats
 100 g mixed nuts
 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
 50 g chopped dates
How to make
1

Preheat the oven to 160°c.

2

Begin by adding the coconut oil, maple syrup, raw cacao, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a pan. Gently heat together until the ingredients are melted.

3

In a mixing bowl add the oats, mixed nuts and seeds and stir together.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl and using a spoon, stir together until fully coated and combined.

5

Spread out the granola onto a baking tray in an even layer.

6

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through.

7

Add the chopped dates when cool, store in an airtight container.

Ingredients

 2 tbsp coconut oil
 2 tbsp maple syrup
 2 tbsp raw cacao
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 150 g oats
 100 g mixed nuts
 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
 50 g chopped dates

Directions

How to make
1

Preheat the oven to 160°c.

2

Begin by adding the coconut oil, maple syrup, raw cacao, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a pan. Gently heat together until the ingredients are melted.

3

In a mixing bowl add the oats, mixed nuts and seeds and stir together.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl and using a spoon, stir together until fully coated and combined.

5

Spread out the granola onto a baking tray in an even layer.

6

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through.

7

Add the chopped dates when cool, store in an airtight container.

Winter Chocolate Granola

Enjoy! x