Healthy Coconut Cacao Granola

Healthy Coconut Cacao Granola

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a pretty dreadful year. Amongst the highs and sometimes unbearably severe lows, we marched through and we made it. Woohoo! Welcome 2017!

A new year brings hope and a desire to be, feel, and do better. That’s why I’ve decided to feature healthy, 400 calorie or less meals for the entire month of January. This coconut cacao granola can be easily made at home in 30 minutes or less and will keep your health and weight loss goals in check.

Made with cacao nibs and coconut shavings, this granola recipe is meant to be a base, which you can add additional berries or nuts to. However, it works just fine without them too.

Granola Bunch

If you haven’t had cacao nibs before, I will warn you that they can be slightly off-putting as they are incredibly bitter. Basically, if you’re a dark chocolate hater, these guys may not be for you. Once everything is all mixed in, the sweetness of the granola overpowers the bitterness of the cacao nibs, creating a light chocolatey breakfast dish. However, you can easily substitute the nibs for plain unsweetened chocolate chips, but I promise, there is a method to my madness.

Cacao nibs are packed with magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. Plus they help your body release endorphins. I don’t know about you, but I need a little bit of a natural pick me up after 2016.

Did I mention that this recipe will make your entire home smell like the inside of a snickerdoodle? That’s right, go ahead and unplug or put away whatever you use to make your house smell good. This granola can do it for you.

Enjoy the full recipe below.

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Healthy Coconut Cacao Granola

(makes 6 servings)

  • 3 cups of dry, rolled oats
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or unsweetened dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • Almond milk (optional, but nutrition information contains one cup to create a full meal)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix oats, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, two tablespoons of brown sugar and three tablespoons of maple syrup until all oats are coated evenly.
  2. Place mixture into oven on a baking sheet and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small sauce pan, cook half a tablespoon vanilla extract, one tablespoon brown sugar, one tablespoon of maple syrup, coconut shavings and cacao nibs together on medium heat for about five minutes.
  4. Transfer cacao/coconut mixture to the sheet of oats and mix thoroughly. Bake for another five to ten minutes or until the granola is light brown.
  5. Allow to cool so that clumps may form. Pour one cup of almond milk with half a cup of granola into a bowl for a full meal.

Enjoy!

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