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Quick and Easy Healthy Chocolate Granola Recipe

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Replacing as many commercially packaged foods as possible with nourishing, from-scratch alternatives is no small task. But small, purposeful changes made here and there over time collectively yield significant changes with beneficial results. This quick and easy healthy homemade chocolate granola is one of the more recent additions I’ve made around the homestead.

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Homemade Granola is a great way to reduce unwanted junk from your diet

Many commercially prepared cereals or granola contain ingredients like corn syrup or canola oil, in addition to “natural flavor.” Corn syrup is believed to contribute to numerous health issues such as obesity, leaky gut syndrome, and heart disease. Most canola oil comes from GMO crops. There is ongoing debate about whether GMO food consumption is detrimental to human health. At the end of the day, the safety of GMO foods remains unclear. Then, of course, comes the mysterious, highly common ingredient: natural flavor.

Why I love Homemade Granola

I have numerous chronic health issues related to very advanced endometriosis. Chronic fatigue, severe GI issues, and silent migraines are all issues I deal with on a regular, if not daily basis. All of these chronic issues stem from endometriosis or endometriosis treatments. My husband struggles with IBS and numerous food sensitivities. So for us, doing everything in our power to eat clean, minimally processed food as close to the way God intended them to be is important.

This healthy homemade chocolate granola has become a favorite in our home. It’s nutritious, delicious, and filling. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make!

hOMEMADE Healthy Chocolate gRANOLA iNGREDIENTS

My granola recipe uses: organic oats, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, ground flax seed, slivered almonds, organic cocoa powder, honey, and olive oil.

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Granola Process

Making granola is super simple. You basically just measure out your dry ingredients, mix in your wet ingredients, bake, and then mix in any dried fruit.

For this particular recipe, I opted to gently heat my wet ingredients first. Because I used organic cocoa powder to add a rich, chocolatey flavor, I decided it would stick best to the dry ingredients if it was already mixed in to the wet ingredients.

Start with your Wet Ingredients

First, preheat your oven to 300*F. Then, add olive oil to a small enamel saucepan and heat on low. Next, mix in a heaping tablespoon or two of organic cocoa powder. Cocoa powder likes to clump a bit when adding it to liquid. I like to use my milk frother to mix the cocoa powder and olive oil.

Once the cocoa powder and olive oil are well mixed, use a silicone spatula to gently incorporate the honey.

Heat honey, olive oil, and cocoa powder on low, stirring occasionally until well mixed. Then, turn off the stove and let the mixture rest.

Mix dry Ingredients

Next, add oats, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax to a stand mixer bowl. You can use a basic mixing bowl and spoon or spatula for this part. But, I love to use my Bosch Universal Plus stand mixer with the dough hook attachment for making granola. It’s a power house and does an excellent job quickly and thoroughly mixing the dry and wet ingredients with very little mess.

Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add your wet ingredients to the bowl and stir well. If desired, you can add up to a teaspoon of salt at this point and mix well.

Baking Healthy Homemade Granola

Once mixed, it’s time to place your granola mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheets. I always crumple up my parchment paper first because it’s easier to work with. Spread granola mixture in a relatively thin, even layer on your pans.

Place baking sheets in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Stir after about 15-20 minutes, if desired. I don’t always do this, but you can get more even results this way.

Last Steps: Add Dried fruit

Finally, once baking is complete, mix in dried fruit. Adding dried fruit before baking can cause it to become too hard. So, I always add any dried fruit last.

Once dried fruit is mixed in to your freshly baked granola, let it cool. Once cooled, add to a container and store. You might have to break up some of the larger chunks at this point. I store my homemade granola in half gallon mason jars.

Enjoy plain or topped with milk for a nutritious breakfast. Or, use this healthy homemade granola as a topping for homemade raw milk yogurt.

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola

This homemade granola is super simple to make and is a delicious, healthy way to start the day off right! Full of healthy grains, nuts, and seeds, with the bright flavor of dried cranberries, this granola is delicious by itself, topped with your favorite milk, or as a topping for yogurt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Cups Organic Oats
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 2 Cups Dried Cranberries
  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Powder or to taste
  • 1 tsp Salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven to 300 degrees.
  • Add olive oil to small saucepan and heat on low.
  • Add organic cocoa powder to olive oil. Use milk frother to break up clumps and mix well.
  • Add honey to olive oil/cocoa powder mixture. Stir gently with spatula.
  • Turn stovetop off and let liquid ingredients rest.
  • Add oats, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax to stand mixer bowl.
  • Mix briefly on low using dough hook (for Bosch) or flat paddle (Kitchen Aid) attachment.
  • Add olive oil/cocoa powder/honey mixture to dry ingredients.
  • Mix on low until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Add salt, if desired.
  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and spread a thin, even layer of granola on each.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, mixing about halfway, if desired.
  • Once fully baked, add dried cranberries and mix well using silicone spatula.
  • Let granola mixture rest on baking sheets till cool.
  • Once cool, store in air tight container.
Keyword All Natural, Clean Eating, From Scratch, Granola, Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Food, Non GMO, Organic Food, Organic Ingredients

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