CHOCOLATE GRANOLA CRUNCH

Published on: 06/19/2023
chocolate granola in a small wooden bowl on a dark countertop with granola crumbs
chocolate granola in a small wooden bowl on a dark countertop with granola crumbs

CHOCOLATE GRANOLA CRUNCH

This could be part of your breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, or dessert. It is fun to make, as you do you, adding any of your favorites. This granola is sweetened just a bit with maple syrup for a natural flavor boost. The chocolate certainly adds to the sweetness, not too mention balancing hormones. Hormonal changes from menopause, menstruation, pregnancy, etc, all cause a dip in our serotonin levels. Thankfully 🙏 chocolate increases serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood, sleep, and reduction of anxiety.

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts or your favorite nuts
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cup canola oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips mini or chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add oats, nuts, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until well-combined.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together canola oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Add mixture to the large bowl and stir until evenly combined.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Stir one more time, turn oven off, and let the granola sit in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until all is lightly toasted and golden in color.
  • Remove from the oven and slide the granola on the parchment paper onto the counter.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips immediately, so they melt into the granola.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Add any desired additional toppings.
  • Enjoy on top of your yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or just a tasty snack!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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