Homemade Chocolate Granola
Granola is so easy because you can adapt it in so many ways. Feel free to add more nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, or other ingredients depending on your preference. We like to enjoy our granola with soy milk, but it’s also delicious with plain yogurt or by itself!
Adapted from La Tartine Gourmande Makes about 8 small bowls of cereal
½ cup water
½ cup honey and/or maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup millet (or some crunchy cereal)
½ cup roughly cut dried fruit
3.5 oz. dark chocolate, roughly cut
Preheat the oven to 300 F˚ and cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place a small pot over medium-high heat and add the water, honey and/or maple syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir, and bring to a simmer and cook until sugar has dissolved. Whisk until all ingredients are mixed together.
Combine all the other ingredients except the dark chocolate in a large bowl. Slowly mix the liquid into the dry ingredients so that the oats are evenly coated.
Divide the granola between the two cookie sheets and spread evenly. Place the cookie sheets on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Stir the granola with a spatula every 15 minutes to ensure the edges do not burn. After it is finished baking, let the granola cool completely. Add the dark chocolate chunks and transfer to an air-tight container.