Cacao & Coconut Granola

Cacao & Coconut Granola

  • Servings: Makes around 5 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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My Cacao and Coconut granola is chocolatey, crunchy, full of superfoods and super simple to make! This breakfast has definitely become a family favourite in our household

I love making my own granola.  And whipping up your own granola is super simple and its such a great alternative to many of the store bought granola’s which are full of unnecessary unhealthy ingredients.

The best thing about making your own granola is choosing exactly what you like to go in it and you can use what you have on hand so you can change it up each time you make it.

This recipe is full of superfoods and healthy fats.  The base ingredient is raw activated buckwheat.  A great gluten free option full of fibre, protein and vitamins. I have chosen to use coconut oil which is nutritious and has a light flavour – feel free to mix this up with another healthy alternative.  I always add nuts & seeds which include more healthy fats, an added “crunchiness” to the granola as well as other nutrients and protein.  I’ve also added a small amount of unsweetened dried fruit and a small amount of sweetener – I’ve chosen to use Organic Brown Rice Malt Syrup but maple syrup and honey are also good options.

My granola ingredients are organic and I grab from the bulk bins where I can select the exact quantity I require – no wastage here!

Store brought granola’s are often full of sugar and/or have too much dried fruit and full of unhealthy fats and oils.  So I’m loving this tasty alternative that the whole family can enjoy all year round!

I serve my granola with Almond/Coconut milk, a dollop of coconut yogurt and some fresh fruit OR on top of a Smoothie bowl.  Definitely one of my go to brekkie’s in summer.  In the winter months when I often opt for a hot breakfast, I will serve my granola on top of my porridge.  Its also a great healthy option to snack on throughout the day.

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I hope you love this crunchy chocolatey Granola as much as we do!

Bridge xx

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Ingredients

Base:

  • 2 c Activated Buckwheat Groats
  • 1 c Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/4 c Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c cacao nibs
  • 1/4 c chia seeds
  • 1/4 c ground almonds
  • 1/4 c chopped dates
  • 3/4 c unsweetened threaded coconut
  • 1/4 c goji berries

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Sauce:

  • 3T Raw Cacao Powder
  • 3 1/2 T Coconut Oil
  • 3 1/2 T Brown Rice Malt Syrup (or Maple Syrup)
  • 1 1/2 T Almond Butter
  • 1 t Pure Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions

    1. Preheat Oven to 160C (Fan Bake) and line a large oven gray
    2. Mix all dry ingredients together (excluding the coconut and goji berries)
    3. In a saucepan add all sauce ingredients and combine until smooth
    4. Pour sauce over dry ingredients and mix together
    5. Spread mixture onto baking tray on an even layer
    6. Bake for 10mins and flip Granola
    7. Bake for a further 10mins and flip again
    8. Add Coconut and goji berries and bake for a further 5mins (keep an eye on the Goji berries to ensure they don’t burn)
    9. When cooked, leave to dry/cool fully on baking tray before placing in an air tight container

    Recipe Notes:

  • Choose organic ingredients where possible
  • To make nut free, use ground sunflower/pepita seeds (instead of almond flour in Base ingredients) and use seed butter (instead of almond butter in Sauce)
  • Constantly watch the Goji Berries and coconut as they burn very easily
  • Don’t worry if there are clumps in your mixture – these make nice crunchy “bites” within your Granola mix
  • Enjoy x

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