Chocolate Almond Granola {healthy!}

Chocolate Almond Granola Final 1 So, as some of you have probably noticed, my comments are totally not working. WordPress and this little blog of mine likes to give me heart failure from time to time. And I know this isn’t the end of the world {like my site going down} but it’s such a buzz kill. I love reading your comments. Bummer. 🙁

So, until I can get this issue figured out, I’d still love to read what you have to say on my Facebook wall, Twitter, or Pinterest! I can read comments you leave on my pins as well as see repins! Please hook a sistah up with comments! Please and thank you.

Moving on….

After making and devouring cookies for breakfast, I was enthralled with the idea of turning my breakfasts into desserts. My thighs, however, were not exactly thrilled with this new plan.

What’s the best way around this?

Simple trickery.

I have devised a simple plan to trick my bottom half, taste buds and tummy all at the same time with something chocolaty, delicious, low fat with no sugar! Hello healthy breakfast. This stuff is amazing, especially if you’re trying to cut back on the sugar {which we are!} Take a peek and see how ridiculously easy this is!

Chocolate Almond Granola 1Start out with some oats in a bowl. Quick cooking please!

Chocolate Almond Granola 2To that, add in some almonds

Chocolate Almond Granola 3and unsweetened coconut flakes. I used Bob’s Red Mill brand….because we love Bob.

Chocolate Almond Granola 4Stir this all together and set it aside.

Chocolate Almond Granola 5So in a liquid measuring cup, melt some butter. Lets pretend I took a photo of that, shall we? To that, add in some maple syrup.

Chocolate Almond Granola 6Now measure out a heaping 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. Use really good quality stuff. I used Scharffen Berger.

Chocolate Almond Granola 7Microwave this a few more seconds so the cocoa powder melds into the mixture

Chocolate Almond Granola 8and then stir in a little vanilla.

Chocolate Almond Granola 9Pour the whole thing into the oats and stir. My husband would make a great hand model. 🙂

Chocolate Almond Granola 10Dump this out onto some baking sheets and cook these babies up at 250 degrees for 1 hour.

Chocolate Almond Granola 11And, voila! 1 hour later, beautifully golden, not too sweet, healthy and chocolaty granola. Mmmmm…..Cool this down and store in air tight containers for up to 2 weeks.

Chocolate Almond Granola Final 4Excuse me while I lick my screen….I mean….never mind.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Cocoa Almond Granola

Yield: 12 cups cereal

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder {heaping}
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds and coconut. Stir and set aside. In a small liquid measuring cup, melt butter in microwave. Stir in maple syrup and cocoa powder. Microwave mixture another 30 seconds or so or until cocoa mixes in so there aren't any lumps. Stir in vanilla. Pour butter/maple mixture over bowl of oats. Stir to coat and divide between two cookie sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Cool and store in airtight container.

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  1. Looks delish!

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  2. Do you think I could use gluten free oats?

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    • Sure! I don’t see why not.

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      • Thanks! I can’t wait to make this for breakfast tomorrow!

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  3. Perfect timing! I’ve been looking for granola recipes.

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  4. Chocolate, almonds, and oats are a great combo! Love that you can feel good about it too 🙂

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  5. This sounds delicious and easy. Can’t beat chocolate and coconut. Thanks!

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  6. Yay, comments are working again! I just posted my granola bars today. Looks like we’re both on a health kick, right? Well, can we call it a health kick if chocolate is involved? I mean it has oats so I think we’ll be just fine 🙂

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    • I know! FINALLY got these darn comments working again! LOL!

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  7. Ooh I hadn’t thought of using cocoa powder before to make chocolate granola, what a perfect idea.

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    • The cocoa keeps it low fat!!

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  8. Omnomnom I eat granola by the handful…I’m dangerous with a container of it sitting on my table!

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    • We keep ours on our fridge in a huge ziploc bag! LOVE IT!

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  9. Oh yum! Chocolate granola sounds delicious…wish I already had some ready for breakfast this morning! 🙂

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  10. Is there any good substitution for coconut? I have an allergy, but have a hard time knowing what to use when recipes call for coconut flakes.

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  11. Looks so yummy Lauren! I can practically taste it from here!

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    • Hope you get around to making this, Jenny! 🙂

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  12. Recipe looks good. I will try.

    There are zillons of folks who have nut allergies ….. or maybe have digesting issues with any nut.

    Someone should have already invented nut-free granola. It must taste great for kids and adults. Free of heavy sugars. Just a bit.

    There was a recipe I came across one time that only used cereals, oats, honey and I think egg whites. Cannot recall the instructions.

    Your recipe will be tasty for Mother’s Day! Bake a few batches and fill up those cello bags! Thanks Lauren.

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  13. This looks great, Lauren! I can’t wait to try it!!

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  14. chocolate granola is the perfect way to start the day. Looks like your comment issue may have been resolved (yaaay!). Excited to try your granola recipe. 🙂

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    • Chocolate granola is the perfect cereal to add fruit too! Or more chocolate….

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  15. This looks good! Thank you. For Anneka, when i looked up gluten, Livestrong.com said: The three most common grains that have gluten are wheat, rye and barley. Three common grains that do NOT contain gluten are corn, OATS and rice.

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  16. Yum and might I say amazing!!!

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  17. Ummm so you could totally mail me some of this. Just sayin’ 😉

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  18. Hey, comments! I thought you were just blocking me or somethin’ 🙂 This looks perfect!

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  19. this looks amazing – i have been looking for a ganola recipe that is actually healthy and this looks like it might just be the one – i am going to try substituting the nuts though for my faves but thank you for the inspiration 😀 x

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  20. I want to eat this by the handful!

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  21. This looks FANTABULOUS Lauren! I’m all for tricking my mind, thighs and tummy into thinking I’m eating dessert at breakfast 🙂

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  22. yes your husband is a great hand model 🙂 looks yummy (the cereal, not your husband!) you get what i mean right? i had this gerund, participle, infinitive exam yesterday and suffered severe brain damage. thats why im not thinking right…

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  23. Oh, this recipe looks awesome. I’ve been meaning to make up another batch of granola. All I need is the time to set aside one hour from my crazy schedule to watch over the hot oven!

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  24. you make it look so simple! I’m going to have to try this!

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  25. oh my goodness, i want this right now!! just made your no bake choc chip granola bars tonight for breakfast tomorrow and snuck a bite. yummy. i can’t wait to make this recipe for weekend breakfast. thanks for all the yum ideas!

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  26. I LOVE YOUR SITE! I JUST MADE THE “NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS” WITH MY DAUGHTERS. WE’RE WAITING FOR THEM TO SET NOW. I LOVE HOW SIMPLE YOUR RECIPES ARE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING OUT MORE OF THEM.THANKS!

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  27. This looks SOOOO yummy! What a great breakfast idea for the die-hard chocholics like me 🙂 !

    But I gotta ask, is it reallllllllyyyyyy that healthy if BUTTER is used? Any substitutes for that?

    And what’s the calorie count?

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    • When I use the term healthy, I mean no preservatives or chemicals. And I prefer butter over oil any day….love the flavor of butter! And, no idea on the calorie count! Sorry!

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  28. Hey! I am going to make this tonight. Quick question – I only have sweetened coconut – do you think that would be ok or too sweet?

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    • Nope, should come out just fine 🙂

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  29. What do you suggest for a substitute for coconut. I’m allergic. But this sounds so good with chocolate.

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    • You can replace it with anything! More nuts, more oats, seeds…pretty much anything.

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