I've been on a quest to make a more chocolate-y granola. I was using a chocolate/peanut butter approach, but decided my breakfast needed more chocolate. 😁🍫
Anyway, we were talking about it on Raven's check-in yesterday and I said I would post the recipe if it turned out. It did! So yummy!
Chocolate Baked Granola
Servings: 10 - 1/2 cup servings or 5 total cups
3 cups (280g) instant (chopped) rolled oats or whole rolled if that's your preference. I used instant in the pic.
1/3 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer Hershey’s Special Dark)
1/2 cup (55g) nuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of chili powder (optional)
1/4 cup (50g) oil – coconut or avocado are good!
1/3 cup (60g) dark chocolate, chips or chopped
2/3 cup (210g) maple syrup (1/2 cup (160g) for less sweet)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 –1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup (130g) dried fruit, I like cherries or dates.
1/2 cup (35g) shredded coconut, unsweetened (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 325ºF/165ºC/Gas Mark 3. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a large 12” x 17” metal cookie sheet with parchment (or two smaller metal sheet pans). Not recommended for glass bakeware.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, salt, and cinnamon.
In a microwave-safe cup melt chocolate pieces (and coconut oil if using) in 20-second bursts until melted, stir until combined.
In a small bowl, stir together melted chocolate, oil, maple syrup, and extracts. The dried fruit and coconut will be added after the granola has baked.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until well combined. Place the mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake for 30-35 minutes stirring at least once mid bake. Because the coca makes it hard to tell when the oats are “toasty”, I would not bake more than 35 minutes.
When the granola is done, remove the pan to a cooling rack. Let the granola completely cool on the pan. When cooled, mix in the dried fruit and coconut if using. Store in an airtight container.
The granola will continue to harden and intensify in flavor over the next 8 hours. Don’t worry that the granola doesn’t taste too sweet or crunchy right out of the oven or immediately after cooling.
If you want an even more pronounced chocolate flavor, cut back the nuts and other add-ins by half. If you want to go full Magda - forget the stupid add-ins and go full chocolate! 🤣
Have a great day!