Is granola too…granola?!

stirring granola

I am into health foods as much as the next girl.  Well… I guess it depends on who the next girl is.  Truth be told, I really prefer steak and potatoes!  But, my sister LOVES health food.  And, I LOVE kitchen projects.  So, when she stumbled on this recipe for chocolate coconut granola (my two favorite flavors together), I decided I had to try it!  It is so easy to do and so delicious.  The hardest part is shopping for the ingredients.  Also, it does get a little sticky and requires a little elbow grease, but is well-worth the effort!

granola ingredients-honey, oats, coconuthoneyshredded coconut
Try this sprinkled over plain yogurt (for you health nuts out there) or over chocolate ice cream for a yummy treat.  Wrap it up in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon.  It makes a great gift, especially for those “granola” friends of yours that you secretly wish you were more like!  This keeps for a long time at room temperature when it is stored air-tight.  Enjoy!

granola mixture

French Chocolate Granola (Makes approximately 10 cups)

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
12 tablespoons mild honey
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (containing around 56% cocoa solids)

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt.  Stir well to blend.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the honey and oil over low heat, stirring gently, until the honey is loose. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to combine well.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden. Set a timer to go off halfway through the baking time, so that you can give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pan from the oven. Stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and cool completely.
  5. When cool, transfer the granola to a large bowl, storage jar, or zipper-lock plastic bag. Add the chocolate, and stir (or shake, if using a jar or bag) to mix. Store in an airtight container.finished granola

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