Chocolate Berry Granola1/11/2016 07:50:00 AM
|Chocolate Berry Granola|
First recipe of the year! And I think it's only fitting for it to be a lovely breakfast recipe. I made this chocolate berry granola after the success of my matcha granola, when I was feeling enthusiastic to come up with new flavour combinations! This one is pretty similar in structure to the matcha granola, with cocoa powder replacing the matcha, and a few little tweaks to the add ins.
|Ingredients - chocolate, dried blueberries, vegetable oil, sesame seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, salt, cacao powder, maple syrup|
When I was in Germany last year, I saw this fabulous-sounding açaí-blackberry chocolate at the supermarket, and couldn't resist buying it. After bringing it home, I thought that a nice granola would be a good use for it. (PS chopped chocolate in granola is super delicious!) I don't think this particular chocolate is available in Australia, but you can obviously substitute with any regular dark chocolate - it will still taste good. (Of course, if you can find a similar berry-infused dark chocolate, go for it!)
I wanted to call this my açaí-chocolate granola, but looking at the packet, there's only 2% açaí extract in that chocolate bar, so I think it would be a bit cheeky to call this an açaí granola! (Although if you're feeling flush with cash, feel free to buy some açaí powder and stir a tablespoon through before baking).
If you've got all the ingredients, it's quite quick to make - another reason I made this was to use up all these half-packets of nuts and seeds I had in my pantry. My crunchy add-ins were hazelnuts and cacao nibs (to enhance the chocolate flavour), and cashews for a bit of a tropical vibe to match the acai.
|Ready for the oven|
|Ready to be eaten|
I do love the muted chocolate flavour you get from the cocoa throughout the granola, punctuated by the intense dark chocolatey pops of the finely chopped chocolate, not to mention the delicious tang of the dried blueberries. (I feel that blueberries are like acai's less-intense berry cousin, very appropriate here).
I've been enjoying this delicious granola for breakfast - on yogurt, on açaí bowls - or even as a snack. Its sweet crunchiness really brightens up my day! Enjoy.
|Chocolate berry granola, strawberries, kiwi fruit, yogurt|
|Choc-cacao açaí bowl, chocolate berry granola|
Chocolate Berry Granola
A recipe by Sarah Cooks
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup mixed nuts and seeds (I used cashews, hazelnuts and cacao nibs)
1/3 cup white sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
Pinch of salt
75 grams chopped açaí blackberry dark chocolate (substitute plain dark chocolate), finely chopped
150 grams dried blueberries (approx. 3/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 120˚C.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place the oats in the tray and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during the baking time. Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool. (Leave the oven on).
You can leave the oats in the tray, or transfer them to a mixing bowl to cool faster.
Either way, add the mixed nuts and seeds, sesame seeds and cocoa powder to the oats, and stir together to combine evenly.
Add the vegetable oil, maple syrup and salt, and mix well.
Return to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until dried but not browned. Give the mixture a stir every 10 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool completely, then stir in the chocolate and dried blueberries. Store in an airtight container.