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Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola

This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts.
Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola | AggiesKitchen.com

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.

Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola | AggiesKitchen.com

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!

Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola | AggiesKitchen.com

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.

Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola | AggiesKitchen.com

It turned out seriously delicious!

Print Recipe

Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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21 Responses to “Honey Nut Cocoa Crunch Granola”

  1. Tina Muir posted February 25, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I Love love LOVE granola! I could eat it for every meal! You are right, making it at home is so much fun! But very dangerous, as I literally cannot stop eating it! I am a high level athlete so can get away with a few extra calories….but even for me sometimes I overdo it! This would definitely be one of those recipes….so for that reason, I will have to make it ASAP 😛

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

      it is dangerous!!! when I make it the “tasting” process ends up becoming a meal lol!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted February 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Yes please!!! I’ll take a scoop! I should make this for Rich’s birthday. 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

      I think you should! 🙂

  3. Erica posted February 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’m so into granola too! We love it and I make a batch for my parents pretty much every other week too!. Love the fun chocolate add in

  4. Paula - bell'alimento posted February 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I have got to start making my own granola!

  5. katrinadingle@hotmail.com posted February 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This granola looks so good! I would love something like this to start the day!

  6. Kim | Just For Clicks posted February 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Your Vanilla Cherry Granola was a HUGE hit in my house and with my girlfriends. Can’t wait to try this one! LOVE LOVE homemade granola. With nuts and cocoa… will make my morning yogurt or oatmeal SO good.

  7. JulieD posted February 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I LOVE the photos and how you store your homemade granola!!

  8. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted February 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    We love homemade granola! I’m all about adding dark chocolate to it!

  9. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily posted February 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I’m totally embarrassed to admit I’ve never made my own granola. It’s seriously been on my “To Make Soon” list waaaaaay to long. 😉 I’ll definitely start with this one! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats posted February 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Homemade granola is the way to go. Yummm!

  11. Rebecca {foodie with family} posted February 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    My only problem with this granola is that I’m not sure I could stop eating it if I made it. 😀

  12. Denise posted February 25, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Gentle reminder that I have not made granola in a long time. I use to make it very often along with yogurt, and am thinking I need to jump start that good habit. I like that you used coconut oil instead of butter – healthier!

  13. Sheila posted February 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    We eat our weight in granola! This recipe looks amazing.

  14. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen posted March 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Homemade granola is the best! 🙂

  15. Kim Beaulieu posted March 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This looks so amazing. There is nothing like the smell of granola cooking. I like the smell of it better than fresh bread. So that’s saying a lot. xx

  16. Stephanie posted March 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Trying out your recipe as I type. My kitchen smells great. I used to a longer cooking time instead of only 12 minutes – but excited to be using honey instead of maple syrup or brown sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. I love good real organic butter – but its good to get away from animal fat occasionally 😉 I make granola probably once a month or so for easy breakfasts – my son doesn’t know about the chocolate I will be adding later. I can imagine we are going to a be having a very good morning tomorrow! He helped mix the nuts together. He’ll be so surprised! I love how kid friendly this recipe is!

  17. Stephanie @ Stephanie's az kitchen posted March 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Great recipe. Haven’t ever seen one that was only 12 minutes but this is my first time trying it with honey and coconut oil. My son (4 yrs old) helped with it and had no problems. Easy good healthy recipe. Looking fwd to breakfast tomorrow. The chocolate will be a nice surprise. Your pictures on your blog are great!

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