What could be better than starting your day with a nutritious chocolate granola?!!
3cupsold-fashioned rolled oats
2tablespoonslight brown sugar
1/2teaspoonpure 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.