Double Chocolate Granola
Today is a post about a few of my favorite things:
Let’s start with the chocolate. I pretty much love chocolate at all times, whether it be solid chocolate, brownies, candies, chocolate chips, etc. I really do not discriminate. My favorite kinds of chocolate are dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Milk chocolate is good when it comes to candy. The only kind of chocolate I really do not care for is white chocolate, but it’s not even real chocolate anyway. Sometimes, I will even nosh on chocolate chips and pretzels for a snack. No judgment, right?
However, even I know that I can’t eat chocolate all the time. Another one of my favorite things when I am wanting something sweet is granola. I generally stick to homemade since I love the flavor, and it is so easy to make. For this recipe, I decided to combine my love of granola and chocolate into a perfectly crisp snack. This granola is good enough to eat plain but it can also be paired with healthier breakfast options, such as oatmeal or plain Greek yogurt. Just sprinkle the granola generously over the top and add strawberries or raspberries if you want to be really fancy! Unlike traditional granola that is in small bits, this granola stays in decent sized clumps. This is thanks to the addition of the flour to help bind it all together. To take it over the top and ramp up the chocolate flavor, I drizzled it with semi-sweet chocolate after baking. To be honest, I will be making this granola all the time moving forward.
Now, I also want to talk about running. I am currently pursuing a sub-6 minute mile. This idea was all thanks to my friend Matt who is completing a similar challenge. This morning, I ran my fastest pace yet of 6:21.8. I still have 22 seconds to shave off, but I truly believe I can hit my goal. I intend to ramp up my speed-endurance by running 1 km repeats at my target pace, which equates to 3:45 min/km (or faster). I may also throw in some 400m or 800m repeats just for the fun of it! Am I crazy? Absolutely, yes! Here is my run from this morning:
Happy Saturday, friends. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy a few more bites of granola with my coffee before Mitchy wakes up!
Double Chocolate Granola
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup quick cooking oats
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup vegetable oil
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for the drizzle
Preheat oven to 300°F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, stir together both types of oats, flour, and coconut flakes.
In a microwaveable bowl, combine the vegetable oil, sugar, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir well. Heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until the mixture is warm and the sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. Add the vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the oat mixture and stir until the oats are completely coated. Spread the mixture into a thin, even layer on the parchment-lined baking tray. Press gently to flatten. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the oats are completely dried out and crisp.
Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle evenly over the baked granola. Once cool, break up the granola and store at room temperature in an airtight container.