Homemade dark chocolate granola with coconut, brazil nuts, cranberries and sesame seeds with no added sugar, just natural ingredients to sweeten this luxury start to the day, stuck together with the best melted chocolate.
300g (10.5oz/3 cups)jumbo oats(if on a strict GF diet, ensure they're labelled gluten free)
100g (3.5oz/1 cup)brazil nutsroughly chopped (or mix with walnuts)
50g (2oz/1/2 cup)sunflower seeds
25g (2 tbsp)sesame seeds(or flax seeds)
50g (2oz)dessicated coconut
pinchsalt (fleur de sel)
3tbspunsweetened cocoa powder (I use Van Houten)
75g (3 tbsp)coconut oil, melted(unrefined/cold-pressed) or neutral oil
100ml (5 tbsp)maple syrup
To add after baking:
100g (3.5oz/1 cup)dried plump cranberries(or golden raisins)
125g (4.5oz)dark chocolate chips, drops, or grated chocolate(Vegan if necessary)
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/350°F (Gas 4).
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the chocolate and dried fruits. Mix well until completely coated in the coconut oil and maple syrup.
Cover a baking tray with baking paper (or a silicone mat). Spread out the oat mixture evenly. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, turn over the mixture and return to the oven for a further 15-20 minutes.
As soon as out of the oven, immediately sprinkle over the chocolate chips/drops/grated chocolate and the dried fruits over the hot granola (see note*). After about 5 minutes, turn over the granola to mix in the melted chocolate and dried fruits. Leave to cool for the chocolate to set either on the counter at room temperature or for 15 minutes in the fridge. Transfer to a sealed container when cool.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy at its best within 10 days.* Quicker altervative: wait until the granola cools completely then add chocolate chips and fruits (the result is different - no clumps achieved with melted chocolate but still good).Serve with almond milk, fresh berries or with homemade rhubarb compote for a vegan breakfast or any of your favourite vegan accompaniments. Otherwise, if it doesn't need to be vegan, enjoy with yoghurt, milk or Skyr (we're seeing this appearing from Iceland in French supermarkets all of a sudden - it's great!)See the short Video Demonstration here.