YUM. This granola is SO good. I used to buy chocolate granola all the time to put in yogurt, but this is the first time I have made my own. It is delicious on vanilla yogurt, coconut, strawberry, raspberry, plain…the list goes on and on. It’s sweet and crunchy and you can make it under 30 minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! I used cacao powder and cacao chips, but you can always sub regular cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips if that’s what you have around. The granola can also be made gluten free with gluten free oats. You definitely won’t be disappointed with this granola! This is a REALLY nice idea for a home-made Christmas present. You can make large batches and fill mason jars. Just add a gift tag and some ribbon and you’re good to go! Very easy and the recipient is sure to love it!
2 cups rolled oats (can sub gluten free)
2 tablespoons cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon salt salt
¼ cup dark chocolate chips (use vegan, if desired)
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup almond milk
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the oats and sea salt in a large bowl and toss.
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir halfway through.
Heat the almond milk in a pot over medium heat, just before it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into chocolate chips. Whisk until combined and a chocolate sauce has formed. Whisk in cocoa powder and maple syrup then pour chocolate sauce over oats. Stir to combine. Place oats on a flat parchment lined baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
During the last 5 minutes stir in your chopped walnuts. These are baked during the last 5 minutes so they do not burn. Once the granola is done baking, let it cool for at least 15 minutes before eating or storing in a glass jar. This is a crucial step because the cooling time allows the granola to become crunchy. Add a few tablespoons additional chocolate chips, if desired.
Enjoy over yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or just as a snack!
*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.