Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chocolate Protein Granola

I love all things chocolate. That can be a problem, but it can also be a solution. For those of you that don't know, real chocolate is good for you. It is what is added to chocolate that isn't good for you. If you get a good dark chocolate (72% cocoa or more), then you are doing your body more good than harm. I like to add it to a bunch of super seeds to make a fabulous granola. With cocoa being a super food itself, you are simply making your granola extra super! 

So here is an easy recipe packed full of protein, flavor, and all things scrumptious. Enjoy!

Chocolate Protein Granola
adapted from Whole Yum

2 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Raw Mountain Honey
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Sliced or Whole Almonds

Preheat Oven to 275 Degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix all liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine all liquid, and dry ingredients together in a large bowl; stirring evenly.
Place some of the coconut oil on a deep baking sheet.
Slowly add the granola to the baking sheet and place in oven.
Stir the granola every 15-20 minutes for even heat distribution for about an hour.
Let the melted chocolate settle in the granola and cool for 30 minutes.

You can munch on this plain for a snack, or eat it with almond milk for a meal. 
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