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!


20 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Almond Granola”

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    Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd posted April 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I recently discovered Stonyfield’s Chocolate Underground yogurt, and I think this granola would be a perfect topping, yum!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted April 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Oh man, it has chocolate almond butter AND chopped chocolate in it? I’d eat all of this in one morning. And be a very happy person.

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    Megan posted April 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    You don’t have to tell me twice! This looks incredible. I love the Henrietta’s Table recipe, and then I have also been making the recipe from Baked and sprucing it up with chocolate, dried cherries, and almonds!

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    Michelle posted April 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I haven’t made granola before but I’ve been making granola bars recently using whatever leftover baking ingredients (nuts, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, raisins, etc.) I have in my pantry!

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I didn’t even chocolate almond butter existed. YUM.

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Melissa – chocolate almond butter, definitely yum.

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    Joanne posted April 24, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Chocolate for breakfast? Sounds absolutely ideal to me!

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    Julie posted April 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

    wow this looks AMAZING! I bet it’d taste so so good on cold greek yogurt in the morning and layered into a parfait!

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    Courtney (Pancakes and Postcars) posted April 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

    this is awesome. I cannot control myself around granola. Especially with chocolate in it. :)

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    El posted April 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    It looks delicious. I love the addition of chocolate almond butter,

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted April 25, 2011 at 7:59 am

    This looks incredible! I could totally see this with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks Meghan! This morning I ate it with strawberry-banana Chobani – I almost licked my bowl clean ;)

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday posted April 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Every time I make my own granola, I burn it. And then I eat the burned granola in no time flat.
    I think it’s best that I keep myself away from granola, since I clearly have no portion control over it (even when it’s burnt!)

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    Dana posted April 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Chocolate, almonds, and healthy nutrients? Sounds great!!

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    Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) posted April 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Love homemade granola! I can’t even remember the last time we bought granola. So easy and delicious!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted April 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Sneaking in nutella for breakfast I see… love it!

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    chrysta posted April 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    omg looks amazing. Granola and dark chocolate are a total weakness of mine. Love this healthy awesome recipe. Thanks hon!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks Chrysta. I’m inspired to try more granola combinations after this first attempt!

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    The Food Hound posted April 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    YES! Love making my own granola! I make Ina Garten’s recipe all the time, and it never gets old. I switch up the honey for maple syrup, the wheat germ for ground flax, and switch part of the almonds for pecans. To die for! I also love Kashi’s Cocoa Beach granola, but at $4.99 a box I don’t treat myself very often. This recipe is perfect! Chocolate for breakfast? YES!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted May 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Erin Baker’s makes a chocolate granola that is not bad but I feel like it can be better (although it’s “low fat” maybe that’s why). I’m adding this to my to-make list this weekend. Here is a link to my favorite homemade granola to-date. I’m kind of obsessed with making it these days :) http://www.healthyandsane.com/2011/04/meal-planning-executed/

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