Tropical Chocolate Granola

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Have you ever visited the supermarket and stared in bewilderment at the array  of “healthy” cereals available to purchase? Don’t worry, we do to. Which is why we’ve asked our resident food blogger, Helen from Scrummy Lane for her advice on a delicious yet nutritious homemade cereal. This “Tropical Chocolate Granola” dish combines healthy coconut oil, sweet honey, tropical nuts, fresh fruit and a handful of dark chocolate chips, which according to Helen will ensure – “we never buy sugar-laden store-bought granola again”.


Ingredients

  • 1.4 ounces/40 grams coconut oil
  • ⅓ of a cup plus 1 tablespoon/120 ml runny honey
  • 0.4 of a cup/45 grams cocoa powder
  • ½ a teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ of a teaspoon salt
  • 3 and ¾ cups/340 grams rolled oats (not quick-cook & use gluten-free oats to make the granola gluten-free)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 7 ounces/200 grams mixed tropical fruit & nuts e.g. brazil nuts, coconut flakes, banana chips, unsalted peanuts etc.
  • 2.8 ounces/80 grams dried mango, chopped if necessary
  • ½ a cup/80 grams dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300F/150C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and honey together on a low heat. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon & salt and stir well.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly, then pour it over the oats in a large bowl and mix really well so that all of the oats are coated.
  4. Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until it’s light and frothy, then pour it into the mixture and stir in well.
  5. Spread the mixture out evenly over the baking tray and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, turning regularly (or a little less regularly if you prefer a chunkier granola).
  6. Leave the mixture to cool for about ten minutes before stirring through about half of the chocolate chips. When the mixture has fully cooled, stir in the tropical fruit and nuts and mango pieces, plus the remaining chocolate chips.
  7. Serve in a bowl with milk or on top of some Greek yoghurt with a little extra honey drizzled over the top. Store in an air-tight container.

Notes

*I took some tips for my recipe from this recipe on the blog Katie at the Kitchen Door and this article from The Guardian Life and Style section called How to Make the Perfect Granola.

Enjoy!

Tags: Breakfast
Category: Recipes

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