Chocolate Granola

April 6, 2011

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I remember my first foray into ‘granola’ production:


Recipe ingredients: bowl of cornflakes with a token handful of oats and a generous drizzling of warm honey.

Method: Mix it all together to a sticky paste, carefully slather it on a baking sheet then bake it till it’s golden perfection. Grab the scraper to expunge the sweet gummy mess off the baking tray to a bowl to cool till it’s crunchy. Break into clusters and serve with a thick sprinkling of sugar and a generous pouring of milk.

I was such a healthy child. Thankfully I grew up a little. And so did my granola. I admit I don’t eat it as much as I use to, simply because I’m not a breakfast person anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love my brekkie food but not at the ungodly hours of well, morning (vampire rarr). But you gotta love the granola because it isn’t just for morning sustenance

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You can use anything you like in the dry ingredients; rolled oats, seeds such as pumpkin or flax, nuts, dried fruit and dessicated coconut, cocoa powder or ground hazelnuts for added flavour. To bind the dry ingredients I used honey, brown sugar syrup and melted butter. And oh baby, chocolate.
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I haven’t made chocolate granola in ages but after a bit of online food-porning, it was all I could think about to munch on. I followed my usual honey granola recipe only with added melted chocolate. The addition of cocoa for added chocolatey oomph was inspired by thesebeauties, which were the instigators behind the cravings.


You can of course, have this plain with milk for a bit of cereal love. But it’s also brilliant sprinkled on yoghurt, ice cream, rice pudding, baked or poached fruit or berries. This stuff is so easy and quick to make and it keeps for ages in an airtight container so you can always have some on hand to throw on whatever you desire. Or you could do what I do; leave a (hefty) jar of it on the coffee table so you can greedily pick at it while watching TV.

Chocolate Granola


Ingredients

500g rolled oats
100g dried cranberries or sour cherries, chopped (or substitute with any dried fruits)
50g raisins
50g pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
50g dessicated coconut
3 Tbl cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

125g brown sugar
100ml water
30g butter
125ml honey
1.5 tsps vanilla extract
150g dark chocolate, chopped

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and line three baking trays with baking paper.

Place the oats, dried cranberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cocoa, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss until combined (hands are the easiest tool here).

In a pot over medium heat, heat the sugar, water and butter until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted. Add the honey and vanilla and stir to combined.

Remove from heat and add the chocolate and stir until melted and everything is combined.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the oats and with a wooden spoon, mix until everything is coated and combined.

Spread the clusters of granola on the trays in a single layer. Or if you wish, break up the clusters if you prefer a ‘looser’ granola (just like The Captain because crunchy clusters hurts his old man teeth, poor thing).

Bake each tray separately for 20-25 minutes until it’s dried out (granola will get more crunchy as it cools). Make sure to turn the granola and move it around halfway through the baking time to make sure it bakes evenly and doesn’t burn.

The longer you bake it, the browner it gets, which means super crunchy granola but it also burns quickly after 20 minutes so keep an eye on it.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.

Serve it with fresh fruit, baked fruits, yoghurt, as a cereal with milk, on ice cream or as crumble on your favourite dessert.


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Recipe lovingly inspired by Nigella Lawson and Delicious Days.

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Conor @ Hold the Beef April 10, 2011 at 22:18

Oh lordy, this + ice cream = feeling a little sick from eating the whole lot at once.

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:44

Oh no you didn’t? Lol you rock!

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elmoorish April 8, 2011 at 15:14

When I was a kid, and we went away on holidays, my brother, sister and I would always fight over the Coco Pops in the variety pack.

Is it really classless of me to say this is like Coco Pops for grownups? Delicious, sophisticated, sigh-worthy Coco Pops from foodie heaven! Yuuuuum!!!!

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:45

Haha no I’d take it as a compliment! Coco Pops are the best! :)

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mlle délicieuse April 7, 2011 at 15:28

Cereal on ice-cream! Cereal in the afternoon! And – best of all – picking on cereal as if it were popcorn whilst sitting on the couch watching tv =D

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Citrus and Candy April 10, 2011 at 18:59

A girl after my own heart! Bless!

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laura April 7, 2011 at 04:27

ive never liked granola

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Citrus and Candy April 10, 2011 at 18:58

Yeah… ok then.

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john@heneedsfood April 6, 2011 at 12:46

The one and only time I attempted making granola went horribly wrong. I burnt it! So annoyed. Perhaps I need to try your recipe

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:46

Lol I believe a few burnt batches is like a rite of passage to granola heaven hehe. Not hard to do when honey is involved right? ;)

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@IronChefShellie April 6, 2011 at 11:59

Gorgeous photos as always!!!

I was sitting here thinking what I can do on Easter weekend to keep myself entertained…. looks like making granola is gonna be on that list!! :D thanks for the inspiration x

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:46

No worries! And thanks so much xx

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Ellie @ KitchenWench April 6, 2011 at 11:44

I ran out of muesli at work today (I've tried to be good and eat breakfast at work), so I'm thinking that as it's been awhile since I made my own, it's about time I did it again – perhaps even with chocolate ;-)

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:48

Oooh definitely with chocolate. But I love any granola, especially in a jar to pick from and munch!

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Martyna April 6, 2011 at 04:54

Ooh yum! Granola is always too sweet for me, but I love the idea of chocolate and coconut together! I might play around with the sugar levels a little and try this.

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:51

Hi Martyna,

I reckon this recipe isn’t too sweet at all. It’s definitely less sweet than coco pops and not as chocolatey rich so this might be up your alley?

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Phuoc'n Delicious April 6, 2011 at 03:54

YUM! I was talking to Ant the other day about making him granola, I think I'm inspired to make some after this. Thanks!

(lol @ old man teeth)

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:53

Lol I suppose when you get to our ages, you have to worry about old-people teeth hahahaha.

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Jacq April 6, 2011 at 03:05

heh as you probably know i'm not a morning person either but i do love my breakfast food! the chocolate granola looks awesome!

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:54

Hee you and me both. That’s why “all-day” breakfast are the best words in the world :D

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breadetbutter April 5, 2011 at 22:37

Oooh love this! Not made chocolate granola before – but that is soon going to change. :D

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:54

Awesome, hope you enjoy it! x

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Three-Cookies April 5, 2011 at 18:49

I have never made granola but this has inspired me!

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Citrus and Candy April 11, 2011 at 12:55

Hi Three-Cookies,

Oooh you should definitely try it. It’s so easy and quick and you can make giant vats of the stuff in one go :D

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