Friday, March 27, 2009

Chocolate for Breakfast?

That's right. I found this yummy recipe here, and it is the perfect combination of chocolate and sweetness for breakfast, (or as a late night snack at the computer with yogurt. Yes, that is what I am eating right now!)

French Chocolate Granola

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
6 Tbsp. mild honey
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup, or more, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (Molly recommends Trader Joe's Bittersweet Pound Plus bar, which is what I used and it was perfect!)
Preheat the oven to 300°F.In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well to blend.In a small saucepan, warm the honey and oil over low heat, whisking occasionally – watch out! the oil will want to splash - until the honey is loose. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to combine well.Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden. Set a timer to go off halfway through the baking time, so that you can give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pan from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and cool completely.When cool, transfer the granola to a large bowl, storage jar, or zipper-lock plastic bag. Add the chocolate, and stir (or shake, if using a jar or bag) to mix.Store in an airtight container.
Yield: about 5 cups

Tuesday morning the Minnesota skies were grey and snowy so we stayed inside and had an indoor breakfast picnic with all of Aidan's toy utensils and dishes, and enjoyed big bowls of homemade granola. You should make some too! It's a wonderful accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee.


jenica said...

Yum Naphtali! I just made granola last night, but it wasn't chocolate. I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks!

jenica said...

Ha! And I just put "A Homemade Life" on my Amazon wish list yesterday.
I wish I lived by you, we seem to have a lot in common. ;)

Barb said...

The granola recipes sound good. I use the Barefoot Contessa's recipe with dried cherries from Costco.

It is very good.