I have been posting a lot on granola, mainly because it is one of those foods that you can really play with. The combinations are endless, and it is a great alternative to cereal. Granola is typically made using rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits. These dry ingredients are then soaked in a delicious concoction of sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, and/or sugar) and oils, then baked until crisp. While there is nothing wrong with it, there is always room to explore and new flavor combinations to test.
This granola recipe is different from traditional ones in that it is made using almonds, cashews, and quinoa as base. This grain free alternative provides more protein and healthy fats to keep you fuller longer. Infused with shredded coconut and a hefty dose of both chocolate chunks and cocoa powder, this granola makes for a real tasty (chocolaty) breakfast. Enough said.
Crunchy Chocolate Granola
Makes 4 cups
- 1 ½ cups raw almonds (soaked overnight)
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews (soaked overnight)
- ½ cup quinoa (thoroughly rinsed)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp. sea salt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 5 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
Start by soaking a 1½ cups of almonds and 1½ cups cashews overnight (8+ hours preferable).
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
When ready to make drain and rinse the soaked almonds through a sieve. Place in food processor and pulse until roughly ground. This should not take more that 4-5 5 second pulses. Add shredded coconut and pulse until combined.
Transfer to large bowl. Add rinsed quinoa and salt. Set aside.
In a small saucepan heat maple syrup, sugar, and coconut oil over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and add cacao powder. Whisk until incorporated.
Pour over processed almond, cashew, and quinoa mixture. Mix until well combined. Add whole almonds to mixture.
Evenly spread mixture onto a large sheet pan. You can line with parchment paper if desired. Bake in oven for 4 hours, mixing hallway through. Granola should be crisp and golden once ready. Let cool completely before adding chocolate chunks and store in airtight container.
Enjoy over yogurt, milk, or fruit.