Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola
I’ve been on a granola making kick for the last couple of months. Apparently my kids are into it because they pretty much ask me for granola as a snack almost every afternoon as well as at breakfast. They love having it in a bowl with a bit of Greek yogurt and honestly it couldn’t make me happier to hear them ask for it, even when I’m not necessarily in the mood to make it.
I took the last couple of weeks off from making it but since this week is my daughter’s birthday week I decided to surprise the kids with a fresh batch when they get home from school today. When I make our granola I keep it on the counter in a pretty glass jar, it’s nice to look at as well as easy to serve – just spoon into a bowl for a quick healthy snack!
Making granola at home is super simple (if you haven’t tried it yet please do!) and each time I make it I try to add something a little different to it to keep things interesting. One thing that always stays the same is the nuts – my granola has to have plenty of nuts in it for texture, protein and nutrients. This time I used honey instead of my normal maple syrup and I added a little dark chocolate for fun.
It turned out seriously delicious!
Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup flaxmeal (ground flax seeds)
- 1/2 cup cocoa nibs or chopped dark chocolate (high cocoa content)
- Preheat oven to 325. In a small saucepan gently heat honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla over low heat until combined. To a large mixing bowl, add oats and nuts. Pour honey mixture over oats and nuts and stir until combined.
- Bake granola for 8 minutes. At 8 minutes carefully stir granola on baking sheet. Place back into oven and bake for another 4 minutes. Take out granola and set out to cool. After cooling for 5 minutes add your cocoa nibs or dark chocolate pieces. Stir carefully and let cool completely. Store up to one week in an airtight container.
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I’ve partnered up with Fisher Nuts this month to develop a heart healthy recipe using almonds, pecans or walnuts. For this granola I used all three but feel free to use your own combination when making this recipe. Nuts are an important part of a heart-healthy diet since they have plenty of those good fats we keep hearing good stuff about and a smaller amount of the bad fats we need to watch out for. Nuts are also excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant Vitamin E.
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