Chocolate Granola with Strawberries

Did someone say chocolate for breakfast?!

Let me drop everything I'm doing and get in on this!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I can't seem to get chocolate off my mind. Wait until you see my next post. It is a collection of five of my favorite chocolate recipes, all of which I have either made within the past week or plan to make in the very near future. You might as well hook me up to an IV full of the stuff!

This granola is so easy to make. I added a minimal amount of sugar because I tend to crash if I load up on too many sweets first thing in the morning. Feel free to add an additional drizzle of sweetener when serving if you're in the mood. 

I love this granola because it satisfies the sweet tooth and makes you feel like you're being naughty first thing in the morning when really, you're starting your day off with loads of fiber, protein, and healthy fat. Not to mention, the cocoa powder contains iron and magnesium. What's not to love?

Chocolate Strawberry Granola

Makes about 3 cups

Note: I found freeze dried strawberries at our local health food store. These are the ones I used. 

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped 

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup hemp hearts

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 

2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, almond, coconut, and hemp hearts, 

3. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, combine maple syrup and coconut oil. Stir occasionally until oil is melted. Whisk in cocoa powder and salt. Off heat, stir in vanilla. 

4. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes stirring every 10 minutes. 

5. Allow granola to cool for about 5 minutes. Stir in strawberries. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.