Chocolate Berry Granola

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done.

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Fortunately I have some recipes that I made a while ago ready to share with you so I don’t neglect the blog too much while I’m working on the kitchen. I’ve been itching to share this chocolate berry granola, which I think is the best way to eat chocolate for breakfast while still keeping it pretty healthy.

The granola is flavoured with cocoa powder for a chocolatey hit and is mixed with juicy dried berries and crunchy hazelnuts for sweetness and texture. The base is made with rolled oats and some mixed seeds and is bound together and sweetened with a little bit of coconut oil and some maple syrup, but it isn’t hugely sweet, combined with the berries it has just the right level of sweetness I think.

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

The secret to making granola that forms big clusters rather than tiny crumbs is to mix in an egg white before you bake it; this helps it to clump together properly in nice, big, crunchy pieces. If you happen to prefer granola with a finer texture, or if you want to make it vegan, then you can just leave the egg white out; the granola will still be extremely tasty.

This granola is great eaten for breakfast with milk but is also good with yoghurt, stewed fruit, ice cream or just straight from the jar as a snack.

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!
5 from 4 votes
Print

Chocolate Berry Granola

Ingredients

  • 250 g (2 1/2 cups) whole rolled oats
  • 30 g (3 Tbsp) cocoa powder
  • 50 g (5 Tbsp) mixed seeds (I used hemp, poppy and sunflower)
  • 2 Tbsp cococnut oil
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 100 g (2/3 cup) hazelnuts
  • 160 g (1 cup) dried berries (I used a mixture of cherries, blueberries, cranberries and flame raisins)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2. Line a roasting tray with baking parchment.

  2. Place the oats, cocoa powder and seeds in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Place the coconut oil and maple syrup in a pan and heat gently until the oil has melted. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt then stir it into the oat mixture.

  4. Whisk the egg white with a balloon whisk until it is very frothy then mix it into the oat mixture.
  5. Spread it out on the prepared roasting tray in an even layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes until it is dry to the touch. About halfway through the baking time, use a spatula to carefully turn sections of the granola over so that it cooks evenly on both sides; try to break the pieces up as little as possible. If you like you can add the hazelnuts to the pan for the last five minutes of baking so that they get a little toasted.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan, it will crisp up further as it cools. Once cold, break the granola up into bite-sized pieces and stir in the dried berries. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

I originally made this chocolate berry granola for DIYs, check them out for some awesome craft and recipe ideas.

8 Comments on Chocolate Berry Granola

  1. S.R
    July 5, 2017 at 11:43 am (5 months ago)

    Easy and delicious recipe,
    Thanks for shearing.

    Reply
  2. Dannii
    July 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm (5 months ago)

    That is some beautiful looking granola. So many berries and the perfect summer breakfast.

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      July 11, 2017 at 7:50 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Dannii 🙂

      Reply
  3. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
    July 6, 2017 at 8:34 am (5 months ago)

    Ah, I envy you for your new kitchen you will be enjoying shortly! You are eating fab food, such as the granola, in the meantime though.

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      July 11, 2017 at 7:50 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Michelle 🙂 It will be so worth the effort once it is done but in the meantime it is a pain in the a***!

      Reply
  4. Lucy Parissi
    July 13, 2017 at 10:57 am (4 months ago)

    Ahh the fun of cooking in the living room and of kitchen renovations in general! Glad it is all behind me (though rest of the house is falling apart) it will all be worth it in the end! The granola looks amazing 😉

    Reply
  5. Katherine Ostrich
    August 8, 2017 at 7:17 am (4 months ago)

    I just tried it, switching out the maple syrup for golden, and with coconut instead of cherries, and it made me very happy this morning!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      August 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm (3 months ago)

      Awesome! Those are some delicious switches and I’m so pleased you liked it! 🙂

      Reply

Leave a Reply