Why would you make this chocolate granola when it’s so readily available in the supermarkets? Well, did you know that most store-bought granolas contain substantial amounts of sugar? And as we all know, added sugar is one of the main causes of obesity, diabetes and many other health problems. On top of that, granola is very easy to make! Plus, you get to control what goes into your granola, thus what goes into your body. “You are what you eat” as they say.
This chocolate granola recipe is delicious yet a healthy alternative to your store-bought one. It combines numerous wholesome grains and seeds which are packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Moreover, the peanut butter and cocoa powder flavour profile is like having peanut butter and nutella on toast! Who doesn’t like that!! With a cup of coffee? It’s the best breakfast ever!
The best part of this chocolate granola is that it is 100% customizable! For instance; you can choose the type of nuts you want to use or the type of spices you prefer. Or, you can omit the nuts if you have food allergies.
Serving suggestions for your Chocolate Granola
I enjoy having this granola with almond milk paired with slices of banana and a drizzle of honey! But it is delicious with yoghurt or just on its own as a snack
Homemade Chocolate GranolaCourse: Something Sweet, BreakfastDifficulty: Easy
100g (1 cup) old fashioned rolled oats, slightly toasted
⅓ cup quinoa, uncooked
47g (⅓ cup) almonds, or any other nuts
2 tbsp mixed seeds (chia, sunflower, flax…)
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
85g (¼ cup) honey or maple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like your granola)
22ml (1 ½ tbsp) olive oil or coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
8g (1 ½ tbsp) cocoa powder
34g (2 tbsp) peanut butter
20g (2 tbsp) semisweet chocolate chips, optional
8g (2 tbsp) slightly toasted coconut flakes, optional
- Preheat your oven to 150C (302F) and line a baking tray
- In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, quinoa, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and salt.
- Toss them together so they are well combined.
- In another bowl, combine the olive oil, peanut butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and honey. Mix well until well combined.
- Pour the wet mixture onto the dry and mix well so that all the dry ingredients are well coated
- Spread the mixture onto the baking tray and roast the granola for about 20 mins, stirring the mixture and turning the tray halfway through.
- Remove the tray out of the oven and let the granola cool down.
- Once cooled, toss in the coconut flakes and chocolate chips
- Serve with milk or yoghurt.
Recipe inspired by Let’s Ketch-up with Linda and Gimme some Oven