Jane’s Chocolaty Gluten Free Granola

photo 3 (5) I have been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately.  My normal rotation of chia pudding, warming grain cereal with coconut yogurt and fried egg sandwiches with avocado and hot sauce on sprouted bread is getting a little repetitive.  As I was pondering what new addition I could make to my routine, I remembered an old recipe my friend, Jane, gave me for a super yummy, chocolaty gluten free granola. When I pulled the recipe out of my recipe box, it was covered in peanut butter smears and coconut oil stains- signs of a well used recipe.  I remembered this granola not hanging around long in my household which confirmed I should reintroduce it to my family.  I was excited to have this back as an option for my breakfast routine (or snack or dinner or any other time I had a hankering for chocolaty goodness!).  As I looked at the recipe, I realized there were a few items I wanted to tweak from the original recipe based on the family’s changing eating habits but for the most part I left it as is.  (I also changed a few ingredients based on the

types of dried fruit and nuts I had in my house.)

Dry ingredients all combined.

Dry ingredients all combined.

 

Nut butter, syrup, agave and coconut oil starting to melt.

Nut butter, syrup, agave and coconut oil starting to melt.

 

Melted wet ingredients.

Melted wet ingredients.

I used a combination of maple syrup and agave for my sweeteners but you could substitute honey or brown rice syrup if those are more to your liking.  When you mix in the warm, wet ingredients, your chocolate chips will melt, spreading chocolate throughout the whole mixture.  I like it this way because then I get a hint of chocolate in every bite.  However, if you like granola with solid chunks of chocolate, I would wait to add the chips after the wet and dry ingredients have cooled a little bit.

Wet and dry ingredients all combined.

Wet and dry ingredients all combined.

As you can see from the photo above, everything is lightly coated but not soaked.

Granola ready to go into the oven.

Granola ready to go into the oven.

The recipe calls for only 30 minutes in the oven but mine took much longer (almost 50 minutes).  (My oven runs a little cold so be sure to base your cook time on your own oven.)

Yum!  A whole container of granola!

Yum! A whole container of granola!

Chocolaty Gluten Free Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/3 cup of amaranth, soaked (This is optional. I had it so I added it for a protein boost.)
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (1/2 of them ground, 1/2 of them whole)
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of coconut
  • 1/4 cup of dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (vegan or regular)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (Any nuts will do. Go with what you have available or what you like.)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter (Any nut butter will work in this recipe.)
  • 1/4 cup of agave
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 5 tbs of coconut oil

Instructions

  1. If using amaranth, soak for at least six hours and overnight if possible.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. In a sauce pan, over low heat, combine almond butter, vanilla, agave, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  5. Stir until well combined.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  7. Stir until all dry ingredients covered with almond butter mixture.
  8. Press into a pan.
  9. Place in oven for at least 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. (Mine took over 50 minutes to be fully cooked but you will have to keep checking for when it looks done to you.)
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Enjoy!

Enjoy!

This post is part of a Friday Link party of Nap time Creations,  Today’s Creative Blog, Live Laugh RoweGluten Free Homemaker, The Nourishing Gourmet and The Shabby Nest.

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5 Responses to Jane’s Chocolaty Gluten Free Granola

  1. Linda Warren says:

    I am always wondering what I can have for breakfast too and this looks like a great tasty alternative. I make a vanilla almond granola but this one takes it up a notch with chocolate (my favorite), flax seeds and dried fruits. Thanks for sharing this on Gluten Free Wednesdays. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Oooh, the only thing better than “regular” granola is chocolate granola! Super yum! Thanks so much for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesdays. :-)

    Shirley

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What if you can’t use coconut our coconut oil? Doo you have a substitution?

    • admin says:

      If I was not eating coconut, I would either leave out the coconut or maybe replace it with hemp seeds or more flax seeds. For the coconut oil, I would use whatever mild flavored oil you habitually use.

  4. We’re big granola fans in our house and I love the chocolate and almond butter in your recipe. I often put millet in granola, but I have never tried amaranth so this is intriguing. I like this idea!

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