Energizing Chocolate Granola
Sunday mornings are the best. How can you not love them? Especially the fall mornings, where the air is extra crisp and it's still the perfect temperature to leave a window cracked with a scented candle burning. I have a routine for Sunday mornings in case you couldn't tell.
I'm not a huge breakfast person, though. I love savory breakfasts mostly sometimes I could use something sweet that will still fill me up. I've made a few breakfast recipes here recently that take less than 30 minutes to make. Have you tried my Pumpkin Loaf with Caramel Drizzle? It has a moist coffee-cake like texture and is the perfect amount of sweet with all the fall flavors. It's perfect as a snack, too.
You should also try my Small Batch Vegan Blueberry Orange Muffins if you love baked goods but don't want to make more than you need. Like the name suggests, it's a pleasant pairing of sweet and tart.
If you want something a little simpler, though, I highly recommend my 5 Ingredient Berry Bruschetta which is like eating a strawberry shortcake toast for breakfast - and the hardest part is toasting your bread!
So what makes this granola "energizing" exactly? Time for a lesson in dietary supplements!
First, we add cacao powder, which is where the chocolate flavor comes in. Cacao powder is the purest form of chocolate which makes it a much healthier option than cocoa powder because it's not refined. Cacao powder has numerous health benefits including boosting your mood, energy, and is full of antioxidants.
The second ingredient that is known for its energy boosting affects is maca powder, derived from the Andes Mountains of Peru. Maca is a root that is ground up into a fine powder and either taken by the spoonful or added to foods (like in this recipe). It helps with anemia, chronic fatigue, athletic performance, and general energy levels. It also has a slight butterscotch scent - but trust me it does not taste like it...
Give this recipe a go for a quick
- pre-made parfait jars
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until evenly coated.
- Spread the granola evenly out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove from oven, give it a gently toss and allow it to cool. The granola may seem wet still from the maple syrup and coconut oil, but after it cools, the liquids will dry onto the oats leaving a sweet coat.
- Add this granola to yogurt or smoothie bowls or eat as a snack!