Once you make granola at home once, you will realize not only how easy and delicious it is.. but a fun way to save money! Did I mention this granola is WAY better than any store bought brand I’ve tried?!
Let’s talk a little about raw cacao powder if you’re not familiar with it. First, let me tell you about the difference between raw cacao powder and “cocoa powder”: cacao powder is processed in a more minimal way than cocoa powder which makes it have more health/nutritional benefits.
Cocoa powder, on the other hand, is highly processed and typically supplemented with sugar or other additives to make it less bitter in taste.
Nutritional benefits of raw cacao powder include but are certainly not limited to:
- great source of iron, protein, magnesium, potassium, and fiber
- 0 grams of sugar
- reduces inflammation
- can help lower blood pressure
- and more generally can help aid in digestion
This recipe is also lower in sugar than most granolas you find in store, with just 8 grams of sugar per serving (which is approximately a third of a cup of granola)!
Chocolate Granola (Dairy Free & Gluten Free)
homemade dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate granola, great for anti-inflammatory diet using the superfood cacao powder and low in sugar
- 4 cups organic gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/3 cup organic coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder "cacao" not "cocoa"
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup nut of choice e.g., almonds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, add the rolled oats.
In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk and combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cacao powder, cinnamon and sea salt. Pour the mixture over the oats and mix until the oats are well coated.
Transfer the oat mixture to the parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread it evenly, patting it down with a spatula or wooden spoon. Bake for 35-45 minutes, turning the baking sheet around about halfway through to ensure it bakes more evenly.
Remove from the oven and immediatley top with the chocolate chips and let melt for a few minutes (about 3 minutes) before mixing until evenly coated.
Once the granola has completely cooled, transfer and store in an airtight container and enjoy!