hey you, long time no see

HELLO INTERNET! OH MY GOSH I'VE MISSED YOU!!!

Fo' real though. It's been too long, friends. What even has been happening since I last saw you? That was in March! Like I said on Facebook, Dani and I took a break from the blog because she had a massive paper due (her last even in grad school, yay!) and I started dating someone and just couldn't (*read chose not to*) find the time.  But hey, her paper is over and I'm getting back into my routines so, here I am! **Dani isn't back yet because she just started a new job - YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY - I'll let her tell you guys all about it when she's ready!

So in the last month I've been working a lot, watching a lot of webinars on blogging, brainstorming ideas for video interviews (I'm so excited about this you guys!), cooking, traveling, drinking lots of coffee, and hanging out with my pretty cool boyfriend. I'm going to post all about our recent trip to Denver soon but for now I just want to leave you with this crazy awesome recipe I found and adapted for CHOCOLATE GRANOLA! Um, yes. YAHS!


I found the recipe on What Should I Eat for Breakfast, an amazingly beautiful blog devoted to breakfast. What could be better than that? Marta Greber is the blogger over there and she's pretty great so you should check out her blog! Here's the recipe as found on her blog :

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup walnut and pecans cut in small pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped chocolate

Heat your oven to 160*C (325*F). In a big bowl mix oats, coconut flakes, nuts and salt. In another medium bowl whisk cacao, coconut oil, vanilla extract, agave syrup (or honey) and brown sugar. Place cocoa mix to the oat’s bowl and mix everything well, so oates are cover equally with cacao mix.

Place the oats equally on a baking tray covered with a baking paper and bake for 15 minutes. After this time bake for another 10 minutes, but mix oats from time to time, so it won’t burn. When your granola is ready take the tray out of the oven, spread chopped chocolate on it (it will melt as granola is hot) and let everything cool down. When your granola achieves a room temperature , place it in a jar or a bag.


I made mine a little differently!

My coconut flakes were actually coconut chips

I added 1/2 cup slivered almonds in addition to 1 cup of pecans and maybe 1 TB or so of walnuts (all I had)

I used 5 TB amber coconut nectar instead of agave/honey

I used cacao nibs instead of chopped chocolate 

I also added 2 TB chia seeds 

Next time I'm going to add buckwheat groats too because I like more crunch. It could also use a bit more of the coconut nectar but all in all, I'm very happy with it! I'm going to use it tonight on the "nice cream" I'm making for my sister and I. I'll let you know how it turns out! 

all of the dry ingredients together! aren't they pretty? *photography by me

up close and personal with some beautiful ingredients just waiting to become chocolate granola! *photography by me

 

CHOCOLATE GRANOLA *photography by me

Ok so what are you waiting for? Go make this and tell me what you think! 

 

**It was super delicious with strawberries on my "nice-cream" :)