Listen y’all… I have a confession to make.
I’ve never made homemade granola before.
I feel like that is a good blogger sin. I mean, granola is SO EASY to make at home. And I truly do love it as a quick snack or even breakfast cereal replacement.
But I’ve always just picked up a bag at the store.
I don’t know why, because again… it is SO EASY to make.
Last year for #Choctoberfest, I vowed that I would make a chocolate granola. I would finally skip the store brands and customize a batch filled with the flavors and ingredients I love most.
Well, I found myself in my kitchen on Friday night wondering where the week had gone. Not the Friday night before #Choctoberfest. The Friday night during #Chotoberfest. As in, the day before #Choctoberfest ended. I still had not made homemade granola, let alone a chocolate version.
Well, I guess there are worse things in life than being a homemade granola procrastinator.
But finally, I thought… enough is enough. So last night, I made this glorious, delicious granola at 9 PM.
The entire house smelled amazing. It still smells amazing, actually. And the granola was perfect, if I do say so myself. I filled it with my favorite flavors, which means three different kinds of nuts, a healthy does of honey, maple syrup, and two different kinds of chocolate! Plus, I drizzled more chocolate on top!
This recipe is possible thanks to our awesome #Choctoberfest sponsor Barlean’s. They have two products that I used in this recipe: butter flavored coconut oil and chocolate silk greens powder.
And just so we are clear, I did receive some free Barlean’s products to use last fall during the #Choctoberfest event, but they are not paying me for this post. I had some silk greens left over and I have since purchased more coconut oil.
Now true talk… I actually usually do not like coconut oil, because I do not like coconut flavor. But this butter-flavored coconut oil is different. It has a strong buttery flavor, almost like movie popcorn butter. It is the perfect substitution for butter in almost any recipe. I always keep it on hand, and it is one of the few products I am super brand loyal to, since I have no found any other coconut oils out there that have such a delicious buttery flavor.
This is the same coconut oil we used in our chocolate chip mini sticky buns!
Second, their chocolate silk greens powder was originally meant to be added to milk or other liquids as a drink. However, I’ve found that it is a fun alternative to cocoa powder in many recipes. It is vegan, gluten free, and dairy free, and has a nice mild chocolate flavor. Oh, and not to mention… nutrients from over a dozen fruits and veggies.
This granola is super easy to customize. If you don’t like maple, leave it out and add more honey (or vice versa). Use any kind of chocolate chip you like, or even switch it out for peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, or caramel chips. I used a combination of walnuts, almonds, and pecans, but you can use whatever type of nuts you like. Try adding dried fruit such as cranberries or blueberries. Throw in some pumpkin seeds. Get really wild and add some bits of candied bacon.
Here’s the printable. Thank you again to Barlean’s for sponsoring this recipe!
Maple Honey Chocolate Granola
A sweet nut-filled granola with a touch of chocolate.
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons Barlean's butter-flavored coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons Barlean's chocolate silk greens
Stir together the oats, nuts, chia seeds, and most chocolate chips in a large bowl. (Reserve a few tablespoons of chocolate chips for your drizzle.) Set aside.
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the maple syrup, honey, and chocolate silk greens and whisk to combine.
Add coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients. The ingredients should be nicely coated, but there should not be pooling liquid at the bottom of the bowl. If your granola looks too wet, add more oats. If it looks too dry, add more honey or maple syrup.
Spread evenly on a large cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the granola, and then bake for another 8 minutes, or until the granola is a deep golden color.
Melt the reserved chocolate chips. If you melt in the microwave instead of using a double boiler, add a very small amount (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) of coconut oil to help the chips melt smoothly. Use a fork to drizzle over the granola.
Allow granola to cool completely and the chocolate to harden. Scoop into a bowl, breaking any large chunks into small bite-sized pieces.
Serve plain, with milk, or over your favorite soft foods such as pudding, yogurt, or ice cream.
If you love chocolate for breakfast, here are a few other recipes you may want to try:
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