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Homemade chocolate granola with a perfect blend of sweet chocolate, sea salt, and crunchy oats. Delicious (and easy!) granola recipe for your breakfast!
This household has a love for coffee I would argue rivals just about any other household. We don't drink tons of it. Not at all. But we start our day with coffee, measure vacations by favorite coffee shops, refuse to open Christmas gifts until coffee is served and regularly have friends and family for coffee and cake.
We do coffee well, in this house.
Our mornings consist of coffee, granola with fresh berries, a bit of yogurt, and a whole lot of puppy snuggles.
Many of you have asked what kind of coffee maker I have, being I love coffee as much as I do.
Mr. Coffee® .
Mr. Coffee® is easy to use, uncomplicated, and creates reliable results. And in the 2019 Editor's Pick Good Housekeeping Housewares Show went to Mr. Coffee (yep, I pick winners :). Nate agrees. Bahahahahaha!).
I've used a Mr. Coffee® for years.
Mr. Coffee® refreshed their coffee makers with some fun new features and we have the brand NEW Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker...
Nate loves the color coding that takes the guesswork out of how much coffee grounds and water he needs to use (and YES! he makes the coffee each morning :0. I simply roll out of bed, roll into the couch, and wait for my mug to magically show up--unless I sneak some.).
My favorite feature is the new sneaking feature. I can steal some coffee while it's brewing. Momma needs her coffee ASAP!!
And, the 4-hour freshness indicator so I know how fresh my coffee is or if it is time for a new pot. The water filtration system helps guarantee great tasting coffee without a lot of fuss. We have fairly hard water and the filtration system does a great job removing that, so great!
Great tasting coffee is a must-have in our house. Only Mr. Coffee® keeps it simple to make great coffee, so you can get on with life. There are a bigillion other things to worry about, isn't there.
I just want my coffee to show up in my hand, ready to drink :).
About that granola:
This chocolate granola is crazy easy to make with easy, everyday ingredients.
How do you dry out granola?
In order to dry out granola you need to bake it long and slow in a nice even layer. You don't want the layer too thick or it won't dry out properly. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, lay out the granola in a fairly thin layer, and bake it long and slow.
How long does homemade granola last?
It really depends on what ingredients you have in your granola. Homemade granola can last in an airtight container for several weeks, on the counter. And for a month or two in the fridge. If it lasts that long before you eat it. Again, be mindful of your ingredients when determining how long to store it.
Can you freeze homemade granola?
Absolutely you can freeze homemade granola! Like the other storing methods, make sure you put the homemade granola into an airtight container before freezing. It will store in the freezer for several months.
The key to perfect chocolate-y bits in granola is to let the baked granola cool a bit and then add the chocolate chips. Stir it up and it will melt a wee bit but not completely. Adding chocolate chips to hot granola will just give you a big giant mess.
the BEST Homemade Chocolate Granola
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup cocoa
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup coconut
- Mix oats, nuts, sea salt, cocoa, and cinnamon.
- Whisk syrup, oil, vanilla until well blended.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir well.
- Bake at 300 on a parchment lined baking sheet for 30 minutes.
- Stir and sprinkle the coconut on top.
- Return to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, wait about 10 minutes, and then stir in the chocolate chips. You want them to be a bit melty but not melt completely.
- Let cool for 1-2 hours before storing in an air tight container.
Guys! --- There is a cartwheel offer for 15% off Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker at Target until 5/4 so you can grab one, too! and keep your eye out for the 5/5-5/11 sale on the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker, with a sale price of $39.99.
I'm going to save you some money and get you good coffee :). #NewellHomeRefresh