Chocolate Chocolate Chip Granola

I have been on a huge granola kick lately. A few weeks ago my mom and I bought a brand called Love Crunch that had chocolate chips in it, and we ate it all in one day. (That is now the second time I have confessed that to the internet world. 😉 ) It was on my mind days after we finished it, so this weekend I decided to create my own version, and the result was a flavorful, chewy granola that is perfect over Greek yogurt for a protein-filled, Meat Free Monday breakfast, mixed with a handful of raisins, or snacked on just straight from the jar!

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Granola (egg, nut, dairy, and gluten free)

Ingredients:
– 2 cups oats
– 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
– 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
– 1 tbsp. whole flaxseed
– 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup all-natural sweetener, such as Stevia in the Raw
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 2 heaping tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
– 1/4 cup organic honey
– (Optional:) 2 1/2 tbsp. sunflower seed butter
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract

– 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I used chopped up bits of my sea salted dark chocolate to keep this all natural, but feel free to use store-bought chips)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine oats through salt.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, combine honey and applesauce (and sunbutter, if using). Heat for 35 seconds, or until honey is melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well. Pour everything out onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, take out of the oven and stir, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely before stirring in the chocolate chips.
  7. Enjoy!

IMG_1760The photo above is my favorite way to enjoy this granola: a berry and Greek yogurt parfait. I’ve actually been having this as dessert lately, so I know the granola would be a great ice cream topper, too. 🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

16 comments

  1. pickyrunner · · Reply

    Ooooh I like this recipe since there aren’t any nuts in it! I could totally try that! I am a granola lover when it’s nut-free so this one sounds perfect. Maybe with some oreos crushed in 😉

    1. Yeah! Oh I forgot about that…I think Oreos are definitely a good idea. 🙂

  2. Oh my, this looks delicious!! 🙂

  3. Whoa. It’s like a no bake cookie crumbled up into a cereal bowl. Sweet!

    1. Haha no kidding! 😉

  4. This is seriously not helping the huge chocolate craving I’ve got going on. I find granola a bit too dense and chewy to eat on its own, but I LOVE it as a yogurt topper… especially when it includes chocolate 😀

    1. I totally understand that. In a yogurt bowl is my favorite way to eat it, for sure!

  5. Your confession is safe here, I too have a granola consuming problem 🙂 This looks like the perfect excuse to make up another batch!

    1. Haha good to know I’m not alone. 😉 It sure is – let me know if you try it!

  6. Omg… this looks awesomely chocolatey. I’ve been buying chocolate trailmix like crazy but I think this could be a different type of sub! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Haha “awesomely chocolatey”…I love that! And it so is. No problem!

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