Monday, June 23, 2008

French Chocolate Granola

I saw this recipe on another cooking blog & thought healthy granola with a little chocolate? That's my idea of health food! ;)

French Chocolate Granola
(from The Picky Apple food blog)

3 cups rolled oats

½ cup raw almonds, chopped

½ cup sweetened shredded coconut

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

6 Tbsp. mild honey

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I used olive)

½ cup, or more, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I used the Giradelli bittersweet chips in the baking aisle)

Preheat the oven to 300°F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well to blend.
In a small saucepan, warm the honey and oil over low heat, whisking occasionally until the honey is loose. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to combine well.
Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden. Set a timer to go off halfway through the baking time, so that you can give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pan from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and cool completely.
When cool, transfer the granola to a large bowl, storage jar, or zipper-lock plastic bag. Add the chocolate, and stir or shake to mix.

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