You’re all in for a real treat, because our April Top Mom, Kate from Diethood, is sharing her Chocolate Granola recipe with us! What could be better than a healthy Chocolate Granola? Kate’s Chocolate Granola contains oats, wheat germ, and almonds for added protein, and its sweetened with honey and just 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Of course its a great way to start your day, but also makes a good snack or, if you’re like Kate, a late-night snack while catching up on your favorite Tivo’d shows.
Kate lives in Chicago with the two loves of her life, husband Goce and daughter Ana. Her homeland is Macedonia and she writes a lot about the food, culture, and traditions of Macedonia on her blog, Diethood. Before dedicating herself to being a SAHM, blogger, and photographer, she was the Director of Marketing for a network of clinics in downtown Chicago. Take a minute to check out her blog – don’t let the name fool you – it’s not about being on a diet – it’s about a diet of loving food: wholesome, healthy foods, authentic Macedonian dishes and, sometimes, divine desserts that will have you drooling!
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried fruits optional
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven at 325〫F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, salt and dried fruit.
In a small saucepan, pour in the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all ingredients are coated.
Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly. For a crunchier granola, bake it for a few minutes longer; the browner the granola, the crunchier it will be. Place on a wire rack to cool.
While the granola is still a bit warm, break up some of the larger clumps. Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container. Keeps in an airtight container for weeks.
Serve with milk, yogurt or even ice cream and some fruit.