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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Chocolate Granola

Last week was a very busy week for me, so apologies for the lack of posts (again!)...annnnd it only gets busier from here on in =S. Work, dinners, xmas parties, Melbs next week, Sri Lanka in December, festivals....speaking of festivals, Stereosonic is on Saturday and I'm determined to make it this year after last years tear-jerking forfeit of my ticket due to my dumb-ass broken foot. Touch-wood nothing happens in the next couple of days hahaha!

Moving on, you might remember me posting about the delish Peanut Butter Granola a couple of weeks ago. Well, the obsession with granola continues, and this time I found a great recipe for Chocolate Granola! Yum, I couldn't stop eating this one it was soooooo good! It's like a crunchy chocolate snack except relatively more healthier than chocolate ahaha. AND even better, since I've been making SO MUCH granola, I've been ending up with 2 batches at a time - one choc, one PB, so what do I do? NATURALLY I MIX THEM TOGETHER! Im so smart.

Just an FYI the original recipe calls for putting some dried fruit into the mixture as well, but I find that they just get too burnt and chewy in the oven. So if you want you can add some after it's cooked I reckon =)

Chocolate Granola
Recipe adapted from Citrus and Candy

250g rolled oats
2 tbsp linseed/flaxseed, ground

25g pumpkin seeds (pepitas) - optional (I normally don't add these)
25g dessicated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

65g brown sugar
50ml water
15g butter
65 ml honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g dark chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180C (360F) and a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Place the oats, ground linseed/flaxseed, coconut, cocoa, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss until combined.

3. In a pot over medium heat, heat the sugar, water and butter until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted. Add the honey and vanilla and stir to combined.

4. Remove from heat and add the chocolate and stir until melted and everything is combined.

5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the oats and with a wooden spoon, mix until everything is coated and combined.

6. Spread the clusters of granola on the tray in a single layer. Or if you wish, break up the clusters if you prefer a ‘looser’ granola.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until it’s dried out (granola will get more crunchy as it cools). Make sure to turn the granola and move it around halfway through the baking time to make sure it bakes evenly and doesn’t burn. The longer you bake it, the browner it gets, which means super crunchy granola but it also burns quickly after 20 minutes so keep an eye on it.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container. Serve it with fresh fruit, baked fruits, yoghurt, as a cereal with milk, on ice cream or as crumble on your favourite dessert.

Enjoy =D xx

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