This granola is full of chocolate flavor but only contains lots of healthy ingredients. It’s crunchy and sweet but it’s sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar.
Granola is such an important part of our family breakfast. I sprinkle it on apple rings with peanut butter (which I call apple donuts), on smoothie bowls and of course we just eat it plain with milk or yogurt. I love variety in food so instead of eating the same kind of muesli or granola every day (like my husband), I like having a choice. So if you were to open our cereal drawer, you would currently find 5 different kinds of granola or muesli as well as 4 different kinds of flakes.
Changing it up on a regular basis works for me as I get bored with eating the same thing every day. So I like to make a different granola ever so often! The last two I made were Banana, Coconut & Honey Granola and Spiced Apple & Cranberry Granola and they are both long gone. If you haven’t tried those yet, I highly recommend as I really love both of them a lot! So did my family which is why they’re long gone…
This one is a Chocolate, Coconut & Peanut Granola! It’s got a lovely crunch from the roasted peanuts and is chocolaty without being too sweet. Store-bought granola is often so full of sugar (more than you think)! Making it yourself means you can adjust the amount and kind of sweetener used. I like using maple syrup or honey for my homemade granola mixes. Of course it’s also a kind of sugar but it’s still different to using refined white sugar. Refined sugar raises the blood sugar much more quickly than honey so it creates a sugar spike.
Another advantage of homemade granola is generally being able to adjust what goes into your mixture. I love the added crunch of seeds so I almost always add linseeds and/ or chia seeds to my mixes. And let’s not forget the health benefits of both. Flax seeds have been linked to health benefits such as improved digestion and a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. So it’s a win win!
This granola comes together so quickly! It’s actually a lot faster and easier than you might think! You have to mix all the dry ingredients and then all the wet ingredients separately. Then you mix them both together and bake the mixture at a low temperature for 40 minutes. After letting it cool off, you add chopped peanuts and cacao nibs.
Will you make this granola soon? Or how about my Spiced Apple & Cranberry Granola?
Chocolate, Coconut & Peanut Granola
This granola is full of chocolate flavor but only contains lots of healthy ingredients. It's crunchy and sweet but it's sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar.
Pre-heat oven to 150°C (302°F). Cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
Melt the coconut oil and mix well together with peanut butter and maple syrup.
In a big bowl, combine oats, unsweetened cacao powder, linseeds, grated coconut and salt.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix very well so that all oats are covered. Spread out on the baking tray.
Bake at 150°C (302°F) for 40 minutes, stirring it after about 20 minutes. Keep at close eye at it towards the end to make sure it doesn't get too dark.
Take out of the oven and let cool off completely. Mix in chopped peanuts and cacao nibs. Store in a closed container. Enjoy!