Crunchy chocolate-cranberry granola

The store bought granola brands are normally full of sugar and gluten. And if not, they are made with artificial sweeteners. Also, granola is expensive, especially if you want a higher quality brand. So why not just making it yourself?

It is not hard or time-consuming to do this. It literally takes about 20 minutes and you’re good to go! You can use whatever seeds, gluten free grains or dried fruits you have and you can choose to do a low carb version without grains if you prefer.

Granola is great for so many things – as a topping for chia pudding, yoghurt or smoothies, with almond milk or as a quick snack out of the jar! It looks decorative and tastes fantastic.

Ingredients: (Makes one large jar)

6 dates

1/3 cup or 3/4 deciliter of water

1 cup / 2 deciliters of gluten free old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup / 1 deciliter of coconut flakes

1/2 cup / 1 deciliter of dried cranberries

1/2 cup / 1 deciliter of almonds

1/2 cup /1 deciliter of flax seeds

2 tbsp of coconut oil

40 grams of vegan chocolate (at least 70 %)

Directions:

Heat up the oven to 350 F/175 C. Add the pitted dates to a blender with the water. Blend well until smooth and put aside. Roughly chop up the almonds, cranberries and chocolate. Mix everything together in a bowl, adding the coconut oil and blended date mixture last. Once everything is mixed thoroughly, spread it onto a baking sheet.

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Bake for about 8-10 minutes, then check on it. Make sure it doesn’t get too dark. If you don’t like too many chunks, simply take a spatula and chop it up a little. I generally don’t need to do that though as I like my granola a little chunky. Bake for another five minutes if needed. My granola was done after 12 minutes. You really just have to make sure, that it doesn’t burn, every oven is different so keep an eye on it!

Let the granola cool on the baking tray before you put it in a jar. Store at room temperature.

Tìp: Again, you can use any ingredients that you like. However, make sure it’s approximately the same ratio of dry and wet ingredients as in this recipe. Also, this makes as a cute little gift the next time you’re invited to a dinner party.

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