Chocolate Granola

Hello, and welcome to Running Shoes and Rabbit Food! I'm excited to introduce my new blog that I've been dreaming of creating! My name is Sophie and I'm a health geek runner. Other than running, my addictions are carrots, coffee, and chocolate.  Because I'm gluten-intolerant and not a meat-lover, all of my recipes are gluten free and mostly vegetarian. I hope to create an "about me" page asap for anyone who wants to hear a little more about my life.

 

Whew, all finished with introductions. Now we can focus on what's really important.

Chocolate. Granola.Yes please.

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I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest a while ago, but it called for some ingredients (millet puffs) that I didn't have on hand and didn't feel like looking for...so naturally, I emptied the cupboards and threw in whatever I could find. 




It was amazing.


I think I ate half of the pan before I could even snap one picture. I have no regrets.




For some reason, granola has always kind of psyched me out. My mom makes some killer granola, so I've never made my own. I thought it was really labor intensive and complicated, but I was so wrong. This recipe is so simple and quick, and only requires a few minutes to throw the ingredients together and toss 'em in the oven...you won't be sorry you tried it.


Crunchy and full of different textures with a bittersweet jolt of chocolatey deliciousness in every spoonful, this granola is perfect. Enjoy!


(Recipe loosely adapted from La Tartine Gourmande)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
    • handful of dried unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
    • 1/4 cup cereal of choice (I used this)
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • scant 1/3 cup honey
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (70 % or 64 % cocoa contents)

    Method: 

    1. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line an edged baking sheet with parchment paper
    2. In a small pot, combine the water, honey, oil, salt and vanilla. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix to coat.
    4. Spread the granola in the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the granola is toasty and golden.
    5. When the granola is cooled completely, stir in the chocolate. Store in an airtight container.

    Notes: 

    - Granola can also be frozen in a zip top bag

    - Any combination of nuts and seeds can be substituted for the mix-ins 


    P.s. Thanks for visiting! I'm just getting started, so hopefully I'll get the hang of things and have more yummy posts up soon. Please tell your friends to come check it out!