Vegan Chocolate & Sea Salt Granola

Recently I have had the biggest urge to cook everything and anything. I have wanted to start making everything from scratch as well as baking lots of new sweet treats. I have gone from cooking very minimal meals to literally making everything.

Since leaving the catering industry and having a few years off, I am really trying to start to use those skills again. I started to really look into holistic health and nutrition as well as it’s healing benefits and I am just so amazed and interested by it. I have always been curious and cautious about what I put into my body and on my skin, but definitely even more so recently. If you know me, I am all about the natural products and ingredients and I just feel so much better physically and mentally for it. I just know I am giving my body exactly what it needs to live a long, healthy and happy life. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go but I am thankful for the little steps I am taking to get me towards it. It’s a long process and it doesn’t ever stop. It will be something I will always take into account and I’m okay with that as long as I am listening to my body and doing the best for it.

Moving back to the baking side, I have recently been making pastry, veggie wellingons, vegan cakes and all sorts of things and I am truly loving it. Just knowing exactly what goes into my food and managing to save a bit of money is so satisfying.

Yesterday I made this delightful chocolate granola as a little sweet treat for breakfast but also to use up some ingredients I had. I also ran out of branflakes so I thought, why not make my own.

In my recipe I used up the chocolate soil from ‘Curiousity in Cocoa’ too that I had received previously which definitely made the recipe 10 times better. I’m a sucker for a sweet treat so I thought I would share with you my granola creation.

This granola is sweet, rich and nutty with a salted aftertaste. It is full of fibre and plant based protien; the perfect snack or pre workout breakfast. With it being so quick and easy to make it is perfect for busy schedules who also want to eat well and balanced.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 packet Curiousity in Cocoa chocolate soil
  • 1 & 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or nectar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the salt, oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and shredded coconut and just give it a stir. Leave out the chocolate soil until further steps.
  3. In a small saucepan or in the microwave add the maple syrup and coconut oil and gets until it is all melted and combined together.
  4. Add the wet picture to the dry mixture and keep mixing until it is all combined.
  5. Spread the granola on to baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Let the granola cool for a few minutes to allow it to clump together then add the chocolate soil and mix.
  7. Transfer the granola to a storage container or a jar and then enjoy.

I served my granola with a small pot of coconut yogurt containing active live cultures for boosting my gut health.

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