It's been a while since I've been this excited about a recipe but... holy smokes, y'all. I am in love with this granola!
I recently saw a recipe for Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola and knew that was something I needed to try. But shortly thereafter, I was inspired by a very nice representative from Nuts.com* to develop a recipe using almonds. I had the idea to make a chocolate granola, with almonds... and coconut.
For a coconut lover like me, that's essentially a trifecta of deliciousness. Almond joy-ous, if you will! Plus I keep hearing about all the health benefits of almonds and coconut oil, so I feel like it's an indulgence you don't have to feel too guilty about.
And while I had a pretty decent first attempt at this, I tweaked a few things and my second try was spot on. I have been sneaking handfuls of this stuff every time I walk by the container. It's addicting!
Honestly. The photo session was like 30% shooting, 70% snacking.
I just feel badly for Mr. Vittles-- he's not big fan of granola, and he's REALLY not a fan of people crunching food in his presence. It's a weird pet peeve of his.
I didn't realize how super crunchy this granola really is until The Mini was chomping away on some as her "after-dinner treat" the other night. Pretty much her dad's worst nightmare. I wasn't sure if I should be more worried about her tiny teeth chipping, or his soul being crushed with every bite.
So... uh, sorry, Mr. V. But everyone else - you're welcome!
Chocolate Almond Coconut Granola
- 2 1/2 C. old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- 1/2 C. sliced almonds
- 1/2 C. sweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/4. C. agave nectar
- 1/3 C. dark brown sugar
- 1/4 C. coconut oil (use unrefined for coconut flavor)
- 1 T. almond butter
- 1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1/8 t. salt
- 2/3 C. mini chocolate chips
In large bowl, mix oats with almonds and coconut until evenly distributed. Set aside.
In small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine agave, brown sugar, coconut oil, and almond butter. Stir until oil and almond butter are melted, then add cocoa powder. Mix until no lumps remain (mixture will be thick, like brownie batter).
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Add to oat mixture, and use clean hands to coat oats with cocoa mixture until evenly covered. (I know this is messy, but I recommend using your hands because you'll be able to coat the dry ingredients more thoroughly if you stir & squeeze the ingredients through your fingers.)
Spread granola evenly onto prepared sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, stirring well but gently every 10 minutes with a rubber spatula. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Stir well to form larger clusters of granola, then spread back out evenly on pan to cool. Place pan on wire rack until granola has cooled completely & chocolate has hardened (2-3 hours). Store in airtight container.
Recipe Loosely Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
*Note: I did not receive any free samples or compensation from Nuts.com when collaborating on this post.