Chocolate coconut granola

Holly molly, what can I say about this granola…I just love making granola and this chocolate coconut granola is just simply the bomb. One of my favorite granola recipes to date!

Chocolate coconut granola | Eat Good 4 Life

For those people that know me, my friends and family, know that when I make granola I make loads of it. My granola is one of the type of breakfast we eat the most besides smoothies. Lately I have been making different types of granola and this chocolate coconut granola we like a lot.

I have the biggest mixing bowl you could ever buy which is what I exclusively use when I make granola. It is actually a professional restaurant size stainless steel bowl that I can’t store anywhere but in my basement. It is super huge but I love it. It makes making granola a lot easier. Then, when the granola is done, I store it in these two airtight glass containers that I love. I need them to be this big since I make to much.

I have seen many different versions of granola using flaxseed meal and chia seeds. These two ingredients are extremely nutritious but if you want to add them in your granola, DON’T BAKE THEM. Add them on the last step when your granola is already cooked. You will destroy its Omega-3’s antiinflammatory properties. Heat destroys Omega-3’s so do not bake these two ingredients.

For this version I didn’t use any flaxseed meal. I figure the chia seeds should be sufficient, however, if you like you can add it if you like. Nothing wrong with that.

I have also made a pumpkin granola version today as well. I will post that next weekend. It is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. It is just a bit time consuming since it has to be stirred every 25 minutes but other than that, very easy.

I hope you get to make this chocolate coconut granola version. If you do let me know.

Enjoy!

Chocolate coconut granola - gluten free and vegan

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Chocolate and coconut granola

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 28-32

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 275F.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add the honey or maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until the mixture comes together. Turn the heat off and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the rolled oats, and walnuts, add the almond butter mixture and mix well with the oats. I use my hands for this step. Divide mixture between four baking sheets.

Bake the granola for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven and transfer the granola to the large mixing bowl. Divide the granola between the baking sheets and bake again for another 25 minutes repeating this procedure once more until it is dried and toasted.

Remove the granola from the oven and add the rest of the ingredients. With a spatula, mix well until all the ingredients are combined. The chocolate will melt but that is what you want. Let the granola cool completely.

Store granola in the anchor hocking containers for up to 6 weeks.

Note: You can half this recipe if you don't want to make so much granola. I tend to make even more!

 

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7 comments

  1. These look delicious! Thanks for posting! Oh – and I love your photos.

  2. Aww, I want to make these but I don’t really know what to buy when it comes to espresso powder. I guess I’ll try using instant coffee. And I second the photo loving. Can we get a photography tutorial? Please? :) When I make your recipes, I always take pictures and the pictures are always ugly and very unlike yours. Yours are so perfect, like they all belong in a book.

  3. Hamannde,

    I think instant coffee will work, let me know when you try them. I am actually making another batch today because they are already gone and they are so good :-) I actually going to used them for the mocha popsicles I want to make. I am loving the popsicle making :-) and so easy since there is no baking involved….

    About the photo tutorial, the trick is on the camera really!! I bought a niece decent camera for Christmas this year and even if the food looks bad the camera makes it look nice, and I am not kidding. I also bought an extra lens for close ups. It is an awesome machine. I really just shut and try to use different angles as well as trying to shoot in the day light. Besides that I don’t take nothing else into consideration because I really don’t have the time to use diffusers, and other props people use to make their photography better. Maybe one day but for now this is just it. Using a decent camera is what makes the pictures look awesome :-)

    The camera and lenses I use are:

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T2i-Digital-3-0-Inch-18-55mm/dp/B0035FZJHQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1308584658&sr=8-2

    and the extra lens:

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/dp/B00007E7JU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308584720&sr=1-1

    I would actually give a tutorial if I thought I actually used tricks, props and photography techniques to make my pictures better, but I really don’t. I just use this awesome camera and use natural light :-)

  4. How funny, I have the Canon T1i (one step below your camera) and the same lens! But you’re obviously doing something different. Thank you very much for your advice! :)

    I will let you know if the instant coffee works!

  5. Hamannde,

    I some times use construction paper for my backgrounds which I forgot to mention, but really nothing much. Finding the right angle is kind of key for taking good pictures, which I sometimes can’t find :-)

  6. You make it sound so easy but I think it’s incredibly difficult. I’ll take 250 pictures of something and not a single one comes out nicely. Oh well, I guess there’s nothing to do except practice more. :(

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