Recipe: Chocolate Granola

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one including chocolate is surely the most delicious. Try this simple, healthy granola for something a little bit sweeter in the mornings.

INGREDIENTS
1 ½ cups raw almonds
½ a cup of pecans
½ a cup of cashews
½ a cup of sunflower seeds
2 cups of shredded coconut
½ a cup of cacao powder
1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of salt

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat your oven to 130 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the almonds, pecans and cashew nuts in a food processor and blitz for only a few seconds. You want the mixture to be crunched down a little but ideally there will still be a few whole nuts.
Place the sunflower seeds and coconut into the food processor and blitz for a few seconds until the mixture is combined but still chunky.
Place the dry mixture in a bowl. To prepare the wet mixture, in a small bowl whisk together the cacao, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Once the wet mixture is combined, pour into the dry mixture and coat the nuts evenly.  Spread the coated granola evenly in a single layer on the baking tray.
Place in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes, shaking the tray once at around 25 minutes and then let bake for a minimum of a further 25 minutes.  Let the granola stand to cool for a couple of hours once baked and then store in an airtight container or jar.
 
Makes 5 cups
Preparation time 15 minutes
Baking time 50 minutes

For more great recipes by Gold Coast local Caralee Caldwell, check out her page here.