Who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas time?! The good news is that with this recipe you can have chocolate at breakfast time with zero guilt. This granola screams Christmas. It’s nutty, fruity and has lots of chocolate. The best thing about it, besides the taste of course, is that it is full of beautiful healthy ingredients and free from refined sugars. It is also dairy free and can be gluten free, if you use gluten free oats. The next best thing about it is that it takes only a few minutes to whip up a large batch of it that will see you right through the holiday season.
If you are one of these super organised and creative people who likes to give homemade gifts, this granola is ideal. Present it in a mason jar with a little tag listing the ingredients. What better gift than the gift of a healthy breakfast?!
For breakfast, just add almond milk and some fresh fruits such as sliced banana. The milk even goes a little chocolatey. Alternatively, spoon over warm porridge for extra crunch or add to your green smoothie bowl. The great thing about this granola, is that it also has non-breakfast uses. Serve with ice-cream or mousse to add some healthy nutty crunch to desserts. Have a bowl of it along with coffee instead of a sugary biscuit. It also makes a great trail mix, the perfect snack for when on the go.
– 3 cups oats
– 1 cup seeds (e.g. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds)
– 1 ½ cups nuts (e.g. almonds, cashew, brazil, walnut)
– ½ cup raw cacao nibs
– Pinch of salt
– 2 tablespoons date syrup
– 3 tablespoons coconut oil
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup dates
– ½ cup raisins
1. Roughly chop the nuts. This can be done using the pulse setting on a food processor or by hand with a knife.
2. Add the chopped nuts to a large bowl along with the oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs and mix well.
3. Melt the date syrup and coconut oil in a saucepan over a gentle heat stirring well to combine the two. Remove from the heat and add a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract to the oil and syrup and stir.
4. Pour the oil and syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to make sure the nuts, seeds and oats are well coated.
5. Line two baking trays with baking paper. And spread the granola evenly onto the trays. If you only have one tray, bake the granola in two batches.
6. Place in a preheated oven at gas mark 5/190 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes until the granola is nice and crunchy but not burnt. Stir the granola half way through the bake and keep an eye on it towards the end of the baking to make sure it doesn’t burn.
7. While the granola is in the oven, pit the dates and chop them into small pieces. Once the granola is cooked add the dates and raisins and mix well to combine.
8. Store in an airtight container.
Frances Walsh is the creator and writer behind healthy lifestyle blog, The Honest Project. The Honest Project focuses on plant based eating and cooking, using vegetables, fruits and wholefoods. Frances’ interest is in preparing and eating foods that are made from scratch but are practical and easy to make for even the most inexperienced cook. For more information visit thehonestproject.com.