This is a pan cooked version to create a crunchy and toasty chocolate granola recipe. You can load this healthy cereal with your favourite nuts and seeds and add some cocoa powder for a chocolate edge. My favourites are almonds, apricot kernels, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. These nuts are full of good fats and omega 3 as well as healthy nutrients keeping your digestive system and immunity levels in tact. I include chia seeds into as many meals as possible, as these tiny little seeds are a wonderful super food known for their anti-oxidant properties and contain minerals such as Iron and zinc as well as fibre and protein.
Oats are a heart healthy wholegrain that help to lower cholestrol levels and are packed with fiber for our digestive health. Cinnamon helps create that toasty flavour and fills up your kitchen with a lovely aroma that gets your belly rumbling! I refer to cinnamon as a super spice and love to add a dash of it into my recipes due to its natural healing abilities as well as its versatility to be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.
Coconut oil is one of my preferred choice of oils due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosting our immune system and acting as a natural anti-oxidant.
The use of blackcurrants and cranberries give a lovely soft texture in contrast with the crunchy nut taste as well as adding extra anti-oxidants in their fruity flavours.
Pour the coconut oil in a non stick pan and warm over medium heat. Add the nuts and seeds and stir well to coat in oil. Add in the coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder and honey. Stir consistently until nuts become toasty and crunchy.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add in the dried cranberries and blackcurrants. Store the chocolate granola in an airtight container to keep fresh.
You can eat it with yogurt, fresh fruit, topped on your oatmeal or can be consumed as a healthy snack throughout the day.