I totally love granola. It’s a quick and healthy snack that you can quickly grab on-the-go, and it tastes really awesome! The only thing I really can’t stomach is the insane price for just a little bag of granola in the stores. It’s like $10 for a small bag of granola when it costs less than $3 to make your own in much larger batches! I always make my granola with organic rolled oats because they are a fantastic source of fiber, nutrients and beneficial phyto-chemicals.
Although I don’t like to add too many extras to my granola, the great thing about this recipe is that the choices are endless. If you are into dried fruits like dried cranberries or raisins, add them in! Just be cautious if you are watching your sugar intake. Although it is natural fruit from sugar, dried fruits always have higher sugar contents than their fresh counter-parts and some brands do contain refined sugar in the ingredients.
I try to incorporate almonds into whatever snacks I possibly can because they have amazing health benefits with all of their protein and healthy fats. They are a little tough for me to eat on their own, but when I chop them up and add them into this granola it makes it much easier.
- Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
- • ½ cup almond butter (you can use sunbutter or peanut butter if you prefer)
- • ½ cup coconut oil
- • ¼ cup honey
- • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- • 3 cups rolled oats
- • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Microwave on high for 90 seconds or use in a double boiler if you prefer not to microwave.
- Stir together until smooth.
- Pour the oats on to the baking sheet, pour mixture on top of oats and stir to coat. Spread mixture in one layer onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the granola looks golden brown.
- Let granola cool completely, break up, and mix in the chocolate chips and almonds
- The granola may be soft until it cools, then it should harden up.
I used dark chocolate chips in this recipe because dark chocolate is actually good for you in moderate helpings and is a good source of vitamins like magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and iron. That is definitely something I use to my advantage. I love chocolate! Just make sure the brand you choose is not filled with other filler ingredients or preservatives. I really enjoy Dagoba Organic Chocolate Chocodrops.
Have a great week and stay well, my friends!
Love & Light,