Ok I need to step away from the kitchen because my snacking on this granola is getting out of control! I understand now what friends have been telling me for years, granola is simply irresistible. Especially when it is coated and baked in a rich dark chocolate and almond butter sauce. I cannot stop picking, each nutty, crunchy, chocolately bite is more delicious than the next. I used cashews and brazil nuts in this recipe which are two of my favourite nuts, they are just so moreish. Even more so when they are mixed with chocolate, cinnamon and ginger. The touch of ginger in this mix adds a welcome zing to the flavour combination.
This recipe can be enjoyed on its own as a snack or for breakfast with milk and yogurt. However I have far greater plans for it this week. Here’s what I’m thinking…
- Caramelized banana with whipped coconut cream topped with chocolate almond butter crunch
- Homemade banana and maple ice cream topped with chocolate almond butter crunch
- Blueberry and vanilla porridge topped with chocolate almond butter crunch
You can basically use this granola recipe as an addition to any of your favourite sweet breakfast foods – pancakes, porridge, smoothies, chia pudding, chocolate avocado mousse, acai bowls, the list goes on. There is nothing better than a bit of crunch, am I right?
My granola is currently sitting on the kitchen bench, I keep on jumping up from my desk, opening the jar, sticking my head in and taking a big whiff, it just smells like heaven!
You can also enjoy the incredible aroma this recipe makes whilst cooking, it’s better than a scented candle.
Chocolate Almond Butter Sauce
- ¼ cup of cacao powder
- ¼ cup of almond butter
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of ginger
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of raw buckwheat
- 1/3 cup of brazil nuts
- ¼ cup of cashew nuts
- ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
To make the sauce, add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Mix over low-medium heat until melted and a rich chocolate sauce is formed.
In a separate bowl mix all the granola ingredients together.
Now here’s where it can get a wee bit messy. Pour chocolate sauce over the granola mix and use your hands to coat evenly, creating chunky chocolate bits.
You can use a spoon for this bit if you like however I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.
Spread the granola out on a baking sheet lined with non stick paper and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring every so often.
As this mix is dark in colour it can be a bit tricky to know when its ready. It is ready when the mix is no longer wet. It will become crunchy once it is left to cool out of the oven.