Chocolaty Granola

Chocolaty Granola

Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 4 Cups Cooked Granola
(5 Item Recipe)

Naturally Vegan & Vegetarian

Ingredients:

3 Cups Organic Oats
1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/4 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  Put oats into large bowl.  In a small bowl take organic cane sugar and add boiling water and stir until you form a nice syrup and all granules have dissolved.  Take olive oil and add to cane sugar and stir.  In another small bowl take peanut butter and heat until soft then add to cane sugar mixture and stir until well blended.  In your large bowl of oats add a little cane sugar mixture and stir blending to coat all oats with mixture.  Keep adding sugar mixture until all oats are coated and mixed well.  In a oven safe dish preferably a large flat one (I used a glass pyrex) spread a thin layer of the oat mixture pressing down so it is all even.  The thinner the better and more even the oats will cook. It usually makes several batches.  Take the oven safe dish and put in oven for 20 minutes.  Check oats after 2o minutes and mix up then press down again and put back into oven for 10 more minutes until golden brown.  You may need a couple more minutes depending on the thickness of the spread.  I repeat these steps 3 to 4 times until all the mixture is cooked.  When the mixture is done put done granola into a bowl to cool.  Once all batches are completed and cooled.  In a food processor take chocolate and chop it up until the chips are smaller but still rough chop.  Take chocolate bits and the dust it will make and drop into your cooled and cooked granola stirring to evenly distribute.

Note:

This is a healthy alternative to other sweets.  The whole grains in the oats and using the healthy fats makes it a great choice as a sweet treat instead of other highly processed, trans fat, synthetic foods with chemicals, additives and preservatives.  This recipe has only 5 whole ingredients all that you pronounce allowing you to know where your food is coming from.  This sweet treat is pure and delicious.   I make this regularly and have it around often.  If you want to reduce the fat you can also omit the peanut butter and add hot water in the place of the peanut butter adding the hot water to the sugar mixture.  If you want to decrease the glycemic index and lower the sugar you can also use agave which we do often in place of the vegan cane sugar. If using agave you will only need 3/4 Cups. Makes a great cereal for dessert or just eaten as a mixture.

Great Sweet for Adults and Kids

Kids love this as a mix, or dessert cereal.  We enjoy adding almond or soymilk to it or just eating it as it is.  If you have a Adult in the house that eats a lot of processed sweets this is a great alternative to getting them off the other crap.  Having bowls of this around is a great way to break free from the processed, high fat, high sugar sweets moving towards whole grains and better choices.

Peanut Allergy:

If you have a peanut allergy omit the peanut butter and replace with 1/4 cup hot water adding it to the cane sugar mixture.

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19 thoughts on “Chocolaty Granola

    • I will be loading a standard granola recipe like the one you bought and a muesli breakfast cereal today that you will enjoy. Both super nutritious and delicious and cuts cost way down by making it from bulk rather then by package. The muesli which can be eaten hot or cold is minutes and the granola 30 total minutes per batch which you could do in smaller batches to cut down time. I make it fresh every sunday for the week and we have granola all week long for breakfast but you could make smaller batches depending on how much you are eating. The cost was 1/2 of the store brand options and we get double portions for the money. Really amazing and really fun to make and create and then enjoy your creation. I am excited about trying some of your crock pot yummies.

      • Oh, I just love this. We’ll make it together on Sunday when Matt’s off work and then breakfast is solved! (Since we’re not buying cereal anymore to get away from all the packaging.) And I love the bulk buying and saving money. Where do you buy bulk? Whole Foods? Bulk is a little more expensive for us because of the commissary discounts, but I’m still trying to figure al that out…..
        Yes, try the crock pot meals. Of all the ones I’ve put up so far, the meatloaf and the black bean soup are the best two. And I’ve discovered yet another way to make the collard greens. I’m going to put those up as soon as we get to GA.
        I’m so excited we’re sharing with each other!

      • It makes such a delicious breakfast I also do one with oats and nuts but of course the less the ingredients the less the expense. I will be sending you some recipes to your email and you can ask me any questions you have. As far as the bulk items Trader Joe’s is cheapest and I have other places for bulk. You want to look for CSA’s in your area as well as Farmer’s Market. Let me know when you move to GA and what part and I can help make getting your food easier.
        My email is: attractingwellness@gmail.com. If you write me as soon as you can I can get you some more great information without you having to dig through all the past blogs and I can certainly help you out with getting your food costs down.

      • Sometimes I add dried fruit depending on what I can get my hands on, whats on sale and whats on hand. There are many creative ways to get the costs down and they all make healthy deliciousness. 🙂
        Another way to get cost down are to find someone with a fruit tree in town you would be surprised at how much goes to waste. I put a small flier and spread the word in town and get so many people saying the birds get to their fruit, avocado, lemon and more trees and they eat all they can. Many of times these wonderful people growing an organic tree that they eat from their selves will fill a bag for a couple of bucks. They are happy as they are making a few dollars that the birds would get to and also you are way happy because you are getting food for cents on the dollar.
        Ps. You would LOVE the kale salad recipe I have on the site. It is one of my favorites. YUM just thinking of it now. I make this once a week also and have it for the week. Be sure to look it up it is so delicious and super simple raw kale sliced up stems removed, dried cranberries, unsalted sunflower seeds, one tomato chopped, olive oil, sea salt, pepper and lemon juice. So delicious and super healthy.

        Write me at: attractingwellness@gmail.com for any other questions and I would be happy to help you out with any food or health related questions, food and health are my passions.

      • My husbands favorite. Ever since we made this he is married to it every morning he just wants all kinds of granola. Typically he loves the chocolate granola for dessert or a sweet treat. He can eat this anytime day or night and its great for keeping blood sugar in check. Take care and I am so glad you found the site it is a delight helping especially when it comes to food and health. Take care.

    • You will be surprised at the positive response. No matter where I have lived, I have always found such amazing people who have fruit trees and they all seem to be so generous and kind and willing and desiring to share. They have all seemed so happy to see them not waste (you can only eat so much fruit and veggies per family and trees are ever growing). I have been lucky to find avocado, lemon, orange, apple, fig, cumquat, and apricot peach so far. Most people who have the trees get sick of them and they can only eat so much. I love that because I can pick up all the fruit they don’t want including the ones that drop and make fresh preserves. It is truly amazing to see just how much fruit a tree can generate the older the tree the more fruit and many home owners that have these amazing trees just flourish and provide abundant and endless fruit. Its quite incredible to really ponder eating from a tree and that it can nourish us as it does from water and sunlight. We are fortunate and very blessed.

      • I’ve been in the middle of a move, but we made it from VA to GA. We didn’t get a chance to see the house before we moved in and had my brother-in-law come over and check it out. He sent a few pictures and said there were fruit trees in the back yard. Are there ever! Grapefruit, lemon and lime, persimmon and oranges! Can you believe it? There is no way we can eat all this. I’ll be giving it away to the neighbors for sure. Or maybe I could sell some of it at the little farmer’s market in town! How exciting!

      • That is wonderful news I was wondering how you were doing and at what point you were at. So glad you made it to GA. That is incredible news to hear that the house has fruit trees for you. See think and they shall arrive. You should definitely do a little farmer’s market. Georgia has a lot of people who sell from there home or in a parking lot. You usually see tomatoes and peanuts a lot. That could be a great way to supplement your income offsetting your food costs. You may make enough from the trees to buy your groceries. That would be awesome! If the trees are older they typically produce more fruit which you could eat from them and what you can’t eat you could sell in bags for a good deal where you bring affordable produce to someone without a big price and you make a little in return. I love making fresh preserves you could also start making them from some of the leftover and even sell it too. Preserves are so easy and so delicious. A lot of times the fruit that falls that isn’t perfect is great for preserves as you don’t need it to look perfect you can also cut any bad parts out so that you dont have any waste. I have a great preserve recipe on the site too. You can replace the fruit you have and swap your fruit into the recipe. Have a lovely time unpacking and enjoy that new place. Post some pictures or send me one I would love to see your new place it sounds like a beautiful surprise and just what you needed sight unseen. You have a great brother in law. Take care. P.s. You could also dry the fruit. Persimmons are usually very expensive grapefruit too as they are large and usually weigh a lot. You LUCKY lady! Enjoy! and take good care.

      • I love your blog. You inspire me so much with your blog and your personal comments to me. I use your recipes more than any others on line. I’m constantly putting you into google.
        This move has been great. I’ve found a writer’s workshop and been invited to join the book club. We’ve planted at the communtiy garden and started a 2nd garden in our back yard! And someone left a massive bag of some type of crowder pea on the top of my car the other day. I don’t know who would have left them. I barely know anyone here. But they knew my car and that I like to garden. There were so many I had to freeze them. I was so happy! And I made pear butter from the pear tree in the backyard. I’m going to do a post about that one on the G.I. Crockpot blog. I am so happy down here! I still need to send you a picture of the trees. What was your email again? I promise I’ll write it down this time! 🙂

      • Thanks so much for your kindness and wonderful words. I LOVE reading your comments and always look forward to hearing what you think. You have become my favorite visitor yet and I look forward to sharing much more with you as the days unfold.

        So glad to hear your move was a happy transition and that only wonderful things are falling into place. You lucky girl you getting those crowder peas. Whether you know them or not you are a wonderful gal and deserve every goodie you get. I look forward to seeing your trees. Great job on the garden and making the pear butter. I am super impressed and PROUD of you. Keep on keeping on. Have a lovely day and week.

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