crunchy chocolate granola recipe

crunchy chocolate granola recipe

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Be it for breakfast, a sweet treat, or a smoothie bowl topper, this crunchy granola recipe by Nutritionist Jessica Giljam-Brown (Wellness By Jessica) is a big hit in our home. Our favourite way to have it is with a bit of A2 milk and some chopped banana and coconut yoghurt.

The recipe is fully adaptable to your tastes by swapping out nuts, seeds and fruit for your preferred choices – along with gluten free if you minus the oats. The cacao powder is also optional. The measurements below are enough to fill a 3L Fido Jar – to make a smaller or larger batch, all you need to do is adjust the ingredient amounts consistently i.e. by half, or doubled etc.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of jumbo oats
  • 2 cups of coconut chips
  • 1 cup of puffed buckwheat
  • 1 cup of macadamia halves or cashew pieces
  • 1 cup of sliced or whole almonds
  • 1 cup each of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and chia seeds
  • 1 cup of fruit of your choice, we like dried diced dates
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊c Fan Bake. Prepare 1-2 large roasting dishes with deep sides – your choice whether you use baking paper or not. If you do, we recommend If You Care Baking Paper.
  2. Pop all the dry ingredients into a large mixing, combine using a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together in a jug and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to blend through the dry ingredients so they’re all coated.
  4. Tip the mixture into your roasting dishes and spread out evenly – if the mixture sits up to 2cm thick that is okay.
  5. Put the trays into your oven for 15-20mins, then using a wooden spoon or spatula, or some stainless-steel tongs, try and move the mixture around so the dryer stuff at the bottom gets some time on the top to roast. If you’re using two trays, swap them over so one isn’t more roasted than the other.
  6. After another 15-20mins check repeat Step.5 then turn the oven off and leave the granola to cool.
  7. Once cool, tip or spoon into an airtight container. If you’ve used baking paper, then you might be able to lift it up and use it as a funnel to guide it into your jar.

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