Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cacao Nib-Coconut Granola


The boys asked me the other day why we never eat cereal. Like what? Like other kids do. What are you talking about? You know, Mom, like Cherrios or Corn Flakes. I'm sure that you can find an organic kind of Cherrios.

Okay, I get it. What do you think about granola? You can make granola? Sure. And it's organic? Sure.
  
Here goes...

4 C rolled organic oats
1/2 C sugar in the raw
1/2 C organic unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 C raw organic cacao nibs
1/4 C organic flax seed meal
1/2 t smoked sea salt
1/3 C canola oil
3 T raw honey
dash of ground ginger, ancho chili powder, ground nutmeg

4 t organic chocolate extract*

In a large bowl mix oats, sugar, coconut, cacao nib, flax seed meal, and salt. In a saucepan heat canola oil and honey until warm. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate extract. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and mix thoroughly till everything is completely coated.
  
Spread this evenly on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake at 300º for about 20 minutes until slightly golden brown. Don’t stir during baking. Cool completely and break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.

*Chocolate extract offers a rich and smooth chocolate flavor, without adding sweetness.

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