Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Cherry Chocolate Granola
This granola is a combination of all of my favorite chocolate pairings in one: cherry, almond, and ginger. Lately, I've been obsessed with replacing most of the oil in granola with a fruit puree. I've already made granola with applesauce, blueberry jam, and strawberry jam.
Today's uses cherry jam. I added cocoa powder, because I love the combination of cherry and chocolate. I also added some almond meal and almond extract, because I also love the combination of cherry and almond. And chocolate and almond. And then I added ginger because chocolate and ginger is great too.
Enough rambling about my favorite chocolate pairings, here's the recipe!
Warning: This will make your house smell amazing.
Cherry Chocolate Granola:
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
3 tablespoons almond meal (storebought or grind almonds in a food processor to a fine meal)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 cups frozen cherries
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Make cherry jam: Add cherries to a small saucepan over low heat and stir frequently until cherries start to break down and simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
While jam is simmering: Preheat oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond meal, flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, ginger, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
When jam is done: Whisk maple syrup, coconut oil, and extracts into jam. Add wet to dry and combine well. Transfer mixture to baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.