Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chocolate Almond Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

1/3 c canola
1/3 c honey
1/4 - 1/2 c sugar (1/4 c is more "bittersweet")
1/3 c cocoa
1 T butter
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
1/2 c slivered almonds
5-6 c old fashioned oats

Mix first 5 ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat. (*tip- measure your canola before your honey and the honey will pour right out of the measuring cup*) Bring to low boil. Remove from heat. Stir in salt and vanilla. Meanwhile, dump oats and almonds in big ol' oven-safe pan. Pour chocolate mixture over the oats and mix a bit with spoon or spatula. As soon as you can stand to touch it, start mixing with your hands-- you'll get much more even coating this way. Once it appears evenly coated, pop in a 350 degree oven. After ten minutes, reduce heat to 200 and leave it in there for a couple hours, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, you could turn the oven off and leave it in overnight. (I just tend not to make things at night.) Enjoy a chocolatey treat that's reasonably healthy and will fill you up!

* Note: I'm downright lousy at photographing food- trust me, it really tastes yummy!

** Big hat tip to Amy for sharing Crystal's Lazy Granola recipe-- that's where I learned the "method", if you will.

This recipe is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap over at Life as MOM.
This yummy snack is also linked to Finer Things Friday!


Heather Benza said...

What's up with the food photography issues? My food always looks kind of blech. But obviously I wouldn't photograph it if is wasn't fantastic!!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I can't do food photos, either.

This looks delicious. I will NOT be showing my hubby, though, because he'll never want it the "plain" way again. ;-0

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I seriously wish I had some of this to snack on right now!!!


Kitchen Stewardship said...

Mmmmm, I love my own granola, but chocolate might be a fab change of pace! :) Katie

Katie said...

I've had this recipe haning on my fridge for months and I finally got around to making it the other day. Why did I wait so long?! It was sooo good!! Thanks for the recipe JessieLeigh :)