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.
Chocolate Granola Recipe
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
Preheat the oven to 160°c.
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.
In a mixing bowl add the oats, mixed nuts and seeds and stir together.
Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl and using a spoon, stir together until fully coated and combined.
Spread out the granola onto a baking tray in an even layer.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Add the chopped dates when cool, store in an airtight container.