chocolate granola

This granola is really crunchy and really chocolatey. I made it to add to my coconut yogurt, but it hasn’t made it into my yogurt yet because I’ve been eating it in a bowl with almond milk for the past few days. I almost never eat cereal because I can’t find a store-bought one that tastes good, is grain-free and is free of all of the ingredients that scare me in prepared foods. This granola meets all of my needs… it’s so good!

It’s made from nuts, seeds, coconut and lots of raw cacao. It’s really a bowlful of superfoods.

Raw cacao is a superfood. It is packed with magnesium, iron, zinc and other minerals. Not only is it packed with health benefits, but it actually has properties that help the body absorb nutrients better and it’s filled with antioxidants. Cacao can actually be translated as “food of the gods”…

I used lots of coconut. Organic, unsweetened, big coconut flakes… so good… In Chinese medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes.

I’ve added hemp seeds and chia seeds to the nuts in this granola. Hemp seeds are high in protein, are easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Chia seeds seem to be the “it” ingredient these days. Everyone is putting them in everything. (I’m guilty of this as well — I love my chia pudding…) Chia seeds actually come from a plant in the mint family. These little black seeds have been shown to stabilize blood pressure, raise energy levels and lower cholesterol.

Mix the nuts, seeds and coconut together and toss with a melted mixture of honey, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cacao…
chocolate granola ready for oven

Bake in the oven for several hours, until it’s crunchy…
chocolate granola close up

It’s so chocolatey… that’s why it goes so great with almond milk…
chocolate granola

Store it in a jar and eat it whenever you get the urge — just don’t expect it to last to long because, if you’re anything like me, you will grab a fistful quite often…
chocolate granola jar

Enjoy!
chocolate granola close up

Grain-Free Chocolate Coconut Granola
(makes about 5 cups)

1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
3 Tbs hemp seeds
2 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
2 Tbs raw honey
3 Tbs raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or carob chips) (optional)

Preheat oven to 200° F.

Combine almonds, pecans, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and chia seeds in a bowl.

In a small pot, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, cacao, vanilla and salt. Whisk until smooth.

Pour the cacao mixture into the bowl with the nuts. Stir to coat all of the nuts. Spread this mixture evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake about 3 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour, until the mixture is crunchy. All ovens cook differently, so after 2 hours, check to see if yours is done. Remove from oven and let cool. Once it cool, stir in chocolate chips if desired. Store cooled granola in a sealed jar or container. Enjoy!

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