Dark as my soul chocolate granola (no added sugar!)

One of my favourite breakfasts of all time, especially for warm weather, is granola.
You can find it pretty much everywhere but all store options have something in common – the horrendous amount of sugar in them.
That’s why I choose to make my own granola 🙂 It is super delicious, quick (which I am starting to appreciate while slowly transitioning to adult life!) and customizable.
Moreover, it is a very simple process – you mix all the dry ingredients, then add all the wet ones to make your granola moist, but not squishy, and you bake.
Then you have a batch of granola for the whole week! easy peasy lemon squeezy ;-P

I intend to prepare a different version each week, so you can expect a variety of recipes coming your way.
This time I want to share a recipe for a really chocolate-y granola! This is one for hardcore dark chocolate fans! I have included several suggestions for adjusting the bitterness in case you want a milder taste.

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A 3-step recipe for a homemade dark chocolate granola

1. Start by mixing your dry ingredients:
250 g old fashioned oats
5 tbsp raw cacao powder (now, this is hardcore! Reduce if necessary.)
80 g hazelnuts – crushed
cinnamon

2. Add your wet ingredients:
100 gr apple sauce – this will help with sweetness and moisture without the extra calories
100 gr melted honey
2 tbsp melted coconut oil

3. Bake for a total of 20 minutes in a preheated oven (180° or 350 F).
Bake for 10 minutes, stir, bake for another 10 and just before you take the granola out of the oven mix in 100 g dried cranberries and 100 g of dark chocolate chopped in pieces and strategically placed on the granola to create extra clumps (look at this one!)
Again – use milk chocolate to achieve a milder taste.

Let it cool, more clumps will form during this process, and then just store your granola in a plastic box and enjoy it for the rest of the week!

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Don’t get worried if it smells burned or turns out quite dark, it is perfectly fine!

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What do you guys think? What is your favourite granola?

Innah K.

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