Dark Chocolate Almond Granola

Wouldn’t it be nice if your breakfast is bursting with the delicious flavors of chocolate and almonds? And wouldn’t it be nicer is this breakfast is filled with fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin E, calcium and other goodies? Let me help you make your mornings brighter, healthier, and happier. Let me introduce you to homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Granola.

this granola is sweet and salty and crunchy and chewy all at the same time

It’s my first foray into making my own homemade granola, but it’s not much of a stretch for me since it incorporates a lot of the oatmeal flavors I love.

having a fresh jar of chocolate almond butter for a new recipe always puts me in a good mood

the best thing about this granola is that it’s chockfull of nutrients from the ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds, almonds, and of course oatmeal

The next best thing about it is that it tastes ridiculously good. It is also practically a no-brainer to make. I used Eat Live Run’s recipe for Elvis Granola as a base but switched up the peanuts and peanut butter for almonds and almond butter.

Dark Chocolate Almond Granola

1/4 cup chocolate almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate

(recipe and directions adapted from Jenna)

Preheat oven to 275. Bring the canola oil, maple syrup, almond butter and salt to a simmer on the stove. Cook for three to five minutes. While that’s cooking, mix together the oats, ground flax, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Pour hot syrup mixture over the oats and toss well to coat.

Spread out granola onto two lined sheet trays and bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning trays midway through.

Let granola cool completely before adding the chopped chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Almond Granola is very, very good.

It’s great for breakfast with some Greek yogurt and a fruit (maybe a banana or some strawberries), or with milk, or even plain. It’s also easy to pack into little baggies for snacks later in the day. It’s like snacking on sunshine, I swear.

Have you made your own granola before? If you have any favorite recipes, please share them with me in the comments section below!


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