Healthy Chocolate Granola

 Paired with sweet strawberry cottage cheese and fresh strawberries!

Paired with sweet strawberry cottage cheese and fresh strawberries!

Ingredients:

  • 3 heaping cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (can omit)
  • 1 cup raw nuts of choice (pecans or walnuts are my favorite)
  • 1/3 cup ground flax
  • 3 TB date sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and get out 2 baking sheets.
  2. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt coconut oil and maple syrup. Once melted, remove and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients together (oats, coconut, nuts, sugar, salt, flax, cacao powder). Pour coconut oil/maple syrup over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Divide onto the 2 baking sheets and spread out evenly, flattening with the back of a spatula. 
  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Do not burn. Take out and sprinkle on chocolate chips so they get all melty.
  6. Let cool completely so it can become crunchy. Store in an airtight container for a couple weeks in the pantry or for a month in the fridge/freezer. 
  7. Now go on...get chocolate wasted!! ;)