Chocolate granola gets a boost with chunks of cookie, hazelnuts and almonds in this Small-Batch Mint Chocolate Cookie Granola.
Sweet, dessert-like breakfasts have always had a special place in my heart.
Take this past Sunday, for instance. I could have had cereal or toast like a regular person. But I woke up ravenous for homemade toaster pastries, which are basically mini pies baked to perfection and covered in confectioners’ sugar glaze. One Nutella and one strawberry for me. Oh boy, were they good.
This Small-Batch Mint Chocolate Cookie Granola is the same. Is it healthy? Hell, no. Will it fill you with sugar and chocolate early in the morning, when you’re supposed to be eating a breakfast that rejuvenates your body and mind? Yes.
But once in a while—ahem, probably three times per week—I eat a ‘soul food’ breakfast. Sometimes I don’t want to scarf down shredded wheat and a banana. Sometimes I want to heal my sleepy soul with some sugar and junk. And being able to tell someone you ate homemade granola for breakfast while silently and gleefully celebrating your chocolate victory is always a good feeling.
Let’s talk about what’s in this Small-Batch Mint Chocolate Cookie Granola. The name gives it away, but it’s fun to see how much sugary goodness I’ve crammed into this thing.
- A bunch of cocoa powder
- Crushed hazelnuts (!) and almonds
- Shredded coconut
- Peppermint extract
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- And, of course, Girl Guide cookies.
After all, I bought a box of Girl Guide cookies from a co-worker and they had to go somewhere. So why not granola?!
I’ve only added three crushed cookies to the mix, but if you’re feeling wild and have a box that you want to get rid of, crumble up as many as you want. There’s literally no way this granola can constitute a healthy meal, so an extra 500 calories won’t make a difference. 😉
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Total Cost = $5.05 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1.5 cups large flake oats
- 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 6 tbsp. sweetened (or unsweetened) shredded coconut
- 3 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup crushed hazelnuts*
- ¼ cup sliced or crushed almonds
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or butter, measured in liquid form
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. peppermint/mint extract**
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup crushed mint chocolate cookies, about 3 cookies (I used mint chocolate Girl Guide cookies)
- Pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, add oats, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, 3 tbsp. of the sugar, pinch of salt, hazelnuts and almonds; mix well. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix melted coconut oil or butter, maple syrup, vanilla and peppermint extract until well combined. Pour liquid mixture into the oat mixture and stir well, ensuring all oats are moistened.
- Pour the moistened oats onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly with a spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Keep oven on.
- Remove from oven and scatter chocolate chips and crushed cookies on top. Bake for 5 more minutes then remove. Sprinkle remaining 1 tbsp. sugar and pinch of sea salt over top. Let cool for 45 minutes in pan.
- After 45 minutes, scoop granola into a large mason jar or airtight container and let cool for an additional hour to create large clusters. Enjoy!
** The extract I used was called Peppermint & Mint Extract, but either would work.
Chocolate granola base adapted from Pinch of Yum. Crumb Kitchen original concept.
1.5 cups large flake oats = $0.40
5 tbsp. cocoa powder = $0.15
6 tbsp. sweetened (or unsweetened) shredded coconut = $0.50
3 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar = $0.05
Pinch of salt = $0.01
1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts = $1.00
1/4 cup sliced or crushed almonds = $0.62
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter = $0.65
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup = $0.60
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract = $0.03
1/2 tsp. peppermint/mint extract = $0.18
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips = $0.45
1/4 cup crushed mint chocolate cookies, about 3 cookies = $0.40
Pinch of sea salt = $0.01
Why it’s Cheap
This is the ultimate substitution recipe. I’ve included both slightly pricier and less expensive ingredients that won’t affect the taste of your granola, so feel free to save some money there. Also, try buying good-quality granola in stores: it’s expensive and usually tastes like sawdust. Make your own and it’s only $5!
Make it More Budget-Friendly
Hazelnuts are crazy expensive, at least where I live, which I why I used so few here. If you can’t find any or don’t want to use them, feel free to use 1/2 cup almonds instead of 1/4 cup hazelnuts and 1/4 cup almonds. You can also use butter rather than coconut oil if you only have butter in the house. Use any type of crushed sandwich-type cookie for the Girl Guide cookies, though you’ll get less of a pronounced mint taste.
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