You may have noticed based on my recent post for Chocolate Quinoa Cake, that I've been on a bit of a chocolate kick lately. Have you tried it yet?
It's been freezing cold here in Toronto, Canada and chocolate is definitely a comfort food for me, which is why I've been loving this granola. This Chocolate Chia Granola is perfect for a chilly morning or those days when you need an extra hit of energy! I mean, just look at all those superfoods!
We spent the holidays with my in-laws down south in Florida, so I'm feeling even more like a wimp when being blasted in the face with cold air. However, I've been doing my best to still get outside and take Vienna for walks to get my nature vitamin. :) In fact, I'm just coming back from a nice walk in the park. It seems like the only way to get Vienna to sleep during the day is if we go for a walk, which reminds me, I really need to write a Vienna update, I'm behind in my monthly updates. Where is the time going?!!
Back to the granola; I don't know about you, but I find good-quality store-bought granola very expensive. I prefer to make it myself, then I can control exactly what ingredients go into it. This granola is super-energizing and filling because of the raw cacao powder and nibs, plus the coconut oil.
The chocolate syrup is very easy to make, and if you use raw cacao, you'll be getting a megawatt dose of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Just keep the temp on your stove super low so it doesn't burn. By the way, this is exactly how I make my chocolate bark in my book Joyous Health raw cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup using different measurements of course.
I would suggest you give this syrup a little taste test. You may wish it to be a touch sweeter. I don't mind mine being super-duper bittersweet, which is why I only use 1/4 cup of dark maple syrup. Just listen to your taste buds!
Here's the recipe:
This makes enough granola to fill 3 small mason jars, approximately 4 1/2-5 cups of granola.
Raw cacao powder and nibs can be purchased from a health food store or the natural foods section of your grocery store. Giddy Yoyo, Organic Traditions and Navitas Naturals are all great brands.
If you can't or don't eat oats, you can use quinoa flakes instead. Spelt flakes are really nice too!
This recipe makes three full mason jars, despite that jar in the back being half-full. I had breakfast before Walker took a shot of the jars of granola. I enjoyed it with some sheep's milk yogurt and frozen organic raspberries. Just look at all that chocolatiness!! It was SOOOOO yummy and it's really easy to make granola.
Please do let me know what you think of this recipe! If you have any fun ideas of additional ingredients please post below.