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!
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!
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)
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well to blend.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.