Sweet and salty flakes of rich chocolate and sea salt crumble together to create clusters of delicious Chocolate Almond Granola.
Okay, I may be in the minority here, but that photo just makes me want to lie on my stomach and hoover up that delicious, cocoa-infused chocolate almond granola. As I wrote this, I turned to my boyfriend as we were sitting in the Las Vegas airport, and asked him if he felt the same way. Not only did he agree, but he said he would consider ingesting it like some illegal substance. This is why I love him.
I recently discovered the joys of Costco as an adult by buying my first membership. A 5 kilogram bag of M&Ms? YES PLEASE! A dozen fat-laden double chocolate muffins? NO ONE ELSE EATS THEM IN MY HOUSE BUT SURE, MORE FOR ME!
My boyfriend and I survive Costco by gorging ourselves on cheap hotdogs and poutine first, like any good twenty-somethings. And then, full with processed meat products, we shop. If you’re smart, you can get some great deals, especially for a food blogger who goes through cocoa powder and butter like a 10 year old with a death wish.
For someone like myself who is vehemently against using salt in dinner recipes when possible (spices, people!), but would sever her arm for a sea salt-sprinkled dessert, this chocolate almond granola is my new addiction. Listen to the ingredient list: pure cocoa, healthy large flake oats, real Canadian maple syrup, slivered almonds, fresh cracked sea salt, and more. It’s like an explosion of all the best tasting ingredients in your pantry.
If you want granola with melty chocolate chip chunks, store in an airtight mason jar or container about an hour after baking. For harder, defined pieces of chocolate (my personal favourite), let sit out for at least 2-3 hours to really firm those chips up.
You can sprinkle this chocolate almond granola on vanilla yogurt, cover it with milk as cereal, or scoop it into your mouth by the spoonful like a true champ. No matter what you choose, you’re on the right track. Granola is always the answer. Granola is life.
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Total Cost = $9.24 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 3 cups large flake oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup melted butter or coconut oil, measured in liquid form
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Scant 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Sea salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees and prepare two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix oats, almonds, coconut, cocoa, salt, and ⅓ cup sugar. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter (or coconut oil), maple syrup, and vanilla, and set aside.
- Pour liquid mixture into large bowl and stir to make sure all oats are moistened.
- Spread granola onto prepared baking sheets. Bake both sheets in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Halfway through, switch places to ensure even baking, then stir granola gently.
- After 50 minutes has passed, sprinkle chocolate chips over the granola and return to oven for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining granulated sugar and sea salt to taste.
- Allow the granola to cool untouched for 1-2 hours. For granola with larger, melted chocolate chunks, pour into an airtight container after 1 hour. For more separated granola, allow to cool for at least 2 hours before storing.
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.
3 cups large flake oats = $0.80
1 cup sliced almonds = $2.50
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut = $1.00
1/2 cup cocoa powder = $0.26
1/4 tsp. salt = $0.01
1/2 cup granulated sugar = $0.09
2/3 cup melted butter or coconut oil = $1.33
1/3 cup maple syrup = $1.20
1 tsp. vanilla = $0.14
Scant 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips = $1.90
Sea salt, to taste = $0.01