ZESTY TOASTED CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT GRANOLA

ZESTY TOASTED CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT GRANOLA

First off, I’m not a massive granola fan in the first place, but when I looked at all the ingredients in my cupboard I felt like fate wanted me to make it.

I won’t lie, it was good fun to make, and as far as granola goes, I ate it (which says a lot). It’s never been that i’ve disliked it….I just don’t like the way it tricks me into thinking i’m being healthy, when in fact it’s very calorific.

Sure, you could argue you’re getting lots of vitamins, nutrients and bla-di-blah, but you can get that in lots of ways that don’t equal nearly as many calories. I’m one of those people, if i’m gonna treat myself, i’ll do it right with chocolate cake or a glass of whisky, not with granola.

However, this being said, this is a much lower calorie option compared to normal granola, as I added the rice krispies, which significantly bulked it out without adding too many calories. To be honest, you can add and take away as you please with this pretty much, it’s not like baking bread which is pretty much a science, you can pretty much just wing it with this!

If you are gluten free, double check the oats to ensure they don’t contain gluten.

Ingredients (serves 2):
1 cup oats
1 cup rice krispies
50g dark chocolate (vegan)
4 dates (chopped)
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1tbsp flax seeds
1tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 tsp coconut butter
6 pecans crushed up
Lemon zest of 1/4 of a lemon

Method:
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over some hot water. Stir in the golden syrup and coconut butter.
2. Mix up the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and then put onto a baking sheet, and bake on a low heat (about 140 degrees C) for 2-3 minutes.
3. Pour back into a large bowl, pour over the chocolate mixture and stir it up until everything is coated.
4. Leave to set in a cool place, but not the fridge (this is too cool, and may set into a giant block rather than smaller ‘granola’ size pieces).

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