Cacao Coconut Granola

Posted: January 20, 2017 in Recipes
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New-school Coco Pops! My daughter LOVES this stuff, and it’s good for her so how can I say no?

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line a baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, mix oats, seeds, and nibs. Heat a small saucepan to low and melt the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla until incorporated. Turn heat down as far as it goes and whisk in the cocoa powder and salt until the mixture is smooth and glossy.

2. Quickly pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix well until every last bit is covered in chocolate. Give it a taste. Stir in a bit more melted honey if you’re looking for something sweeter.

3. Pour the granola onto your baking sheet and pat into a solid single layer (this will give you maximum clumpage). Bake for 15 minutes, stir and pat down again, and bake for 15 minutes more.

4. Turn off the heat, open the oven door and let the granola firm up and dry out for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving or sealing. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan to low and gently toast the coconut until golden. Stir it through the granola when it’s cool.

5. Store it in a glass jar and it’ll stay crunchy for weeks. Plastic freezer bags work, too—it just won’t last as long.

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