Chocolate Nut Superfood Granola
This easy to make and crazy delicious Superfood Granola recipe is packed full of breakfast power foods. Big chunks of crunchy granola, lots of nuts, coconut and blueberries will help you start your morning the right way.Gooood morning! Yes, I'm looking at you, superfood granola. You with all of your crunchy oat clusters, toasty coconut, nuts and seeds, and CHOCOLATE. Yes, chocolate. I've read that it's a superfood, so it only seemed right to add some in here.
Shacking up with the chocolate is a handful of nuts – almonds, pecans, and peanuts are my fav. Feel free to mix them up. This is your granola, yo!
Then there's the coconut, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and toasted quinoa. Yes, I put quinoa in here. It is superfood granola, after all. To sweeten things up, I've added some honey and dried blueberries.
Want to know the best part about this granola? It's the crunchy clusters. Normally, when I make granola I bake it in the oven. Do you do the same? What always ends up happening is that each of the oats separates from each other so they're more like cereal than granola.
With this delicious superfood granola, I've toasted the nuts and oats in the oven first, mixed them with the boiled honey, then pressed it into a pan. If you've ever made granola bars, you'll recognize this process.
Once the granola dries and hardens, you'll be left with a giant crumbly granola bar. All you have to do is gently break it apart (don't worry, it's easy) and you'll get big clusters of oats to sprinkle over your yogurt.
Having a big bag of homemade granola on hand is one of those easy kitchen hacks that make you look like a rockstar kitchen diva. Granola may be super easy to make, but it always sounds (and tastes!) so impressive when you've made it yourself.
It's also about a million times (ish) cheaper than buying it in the store. I can never figure out why a tiny bag of mostly oats – not like this nut and superfood loaded version – costs so much money. What's up with that?
If you're heading back to school, or have little ones that need bellies full of healthy breakfast before they run out the door, this hearty superfood granola will easily see them through to lunch.
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This easy to make and crazy delicious Superfood Granola recipe is packed full of breakfast power foods. Big chunks of crunchy granola, lots of nuts, coconut and blueberries will help you start your morning the right way.
- 2 cups rolled oats (use gluten-free, if needed)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup each: pumpkin seeds, whole almonds, whole pecans, peanuts
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1/4 cup each: chia seeds, hemp hearts, and cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup honey (sub maple syrup for vegan)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- Place the rolled oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, and peanuts on a baking tray and bake in the oven until fragrant, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour into a large bowl.
- Toast the quinoa in a medium-sized, dry frying pan over medium-high heat. Shake the pan frequently to prevent the quinoa from burning and remove the pan once the quinoa is light brown and fragrant. Add the quinoa to the bowl with the oats then add the blueberries, chia seeds, hemp heart, and cacao nibs and toss well.
- Heat the honey and coconut oil over medium-high heat in a small pot. Bring the pot to a boil and let it boil hard for 3 minutes. Watch the honey closely as it bubbles up and can boil over. Stir in the peanut or almond butter and the sea salt.
- Pour the honey over the oats and mix well. Let the granola cool slightly then stir in the chocolate. Pour the granola into the prepared baking pan and press down firmly. Place the pan in your fridge for at least one hour.
- Remove the pan from your fridge and use the overhanging parchment to pull out the block of granola. Break up the granola leaving many bite-sized chunks. Store the granola in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature. The superfood granola will keep for several weeks.
To toast the quinoa, add the dry quinoa to a dry pan over medium-high heat. The quinoa will start to pop like crazy, a little like popcorn. Don't worry, it doesn't pop out of the pan. You don't have to wait for all the popping to stop, just for the quinoa to look brown. And remember to shake the pan so it doesn't burn!