I think I have become obsessed—completely and hopelessly obsessed!—with chocolate.
I don’t think there’s any hope of turning back.
It all started with Valentines Day, and my bowl of chocolatey chip covered oats.
It continued on through pumpkin-chocolate breakfast cookies (more on that in future posts.)
And now, I’m moving on to chocolate granola.
I’m dreaming in chocolate.
The nice thing about granola is that a little bit goes a long way. That, and the fact that it’s pretty easy to turn granola into a health food, while still including a bit of an indulgent flair.
Oats. Cocoa. Peanut butter = health food.
Coconut. Butter. Honey = indulgent flair.
Granola is so easy to make, I’m surprised at myself for not making it more often than I do. The one and only glitch that I’ve found is in making sure that there’s enough fat to give the granola its expected crunch. A little butter or oil does the trick.
Okay, there’s one more glitch. Granola needs to be checked very, very often, in order to avoid scorching or burning. It happens quickly. Trust me. I’ve made more than my fair share of burnt granola, when I decided to go off and do something “real quick.” Let’s just say that I’ve learned my lesson, and now I glue my feet to the kitchen floor whenever I make a batch of granola.
I’m dreaming in chocolate.
And there’s no hope of turning back.
(p.s. My most current obsession is taking crunchy, toasted wheat germ…
…sprinkling it on top of some yogurt, and finishing it all off with a healthy scoop of “I Dream in Chocolate Granola.”)
I highly recommend it.
I Dream in Chocolate Granola
Feel free to add walnuts, chocolate chips, chopped almonds, and any mixture of dried fruit to this granola. Just make sure you let the granola cool for several minutes before sampling, as it is very, very hot when it comes straight from the oven (i.e., painful…and I speak from experience. )
Serve this chocolatey granola on your favorite yogurt snack or sprinkle on your dish of morning oatmeal. Enjoy!
- 1/4 c. honey
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
- 2-1/2 cup oatmeal
- 3 Tbsp. cocoa
- 1/4 c. coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil honey, butter, and peanut butter together for about 2-3 minutes. Take off the heat and combine with oatmeal, cocoa, and coconut. Place on baking sheet that is coated in cooking spray, spread out and bake for 8-12 minutes, stirring after every 3 minutes or so. Check often to avoid burning. Granola is done when it feels hardened and appears toasted. ENJOY!
Question: What is your favorite way to eat granola? I love going backpacking and waking up to a bowl of granola with hot milk and dried fruit on top!