Saturday, April 27, 2013

Yummy Chocolate Granola



I received this recipe from my wonderful friend Terri. She is a jack of all trades...a breast cancer survivor, marathon runner, outdoor enthusiast, Boy Scout mom, wife, and mother to a middle schooler and a soon to be high schooler. She and her husband Roy are amazing cooks and bakers! I am constantly blessed  by the results of their many hours of toiling in the kitchen. No complaining here! I am trying to talk her husband into having a weekly post on the blog called "Farmer Roy Bakes"...his Irish cheddar and bacon bread is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Nine years ago, I had her older son in my kindergarten class and now I am fortunate enough to work with her everyday.  The funny thing about it is that we both wanted to be lawyers when we were in college. I always thought that if we had followed that plan and became lawyers we could have taken over the world (in a good way)...defending the innocent and all that! 

As life would have it, I decided to go into education and teach kindergarten. Funny how life turns out sometimes! Anyhow, I just wanted to thank my dear friend Terri for sharing this delicious recipe for chocolate granola. I hope you enjoy this tasty treat as much as we do!

Happy baking!

Miranda


Ingredients:

6 cups rolled oats
2 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup wheat germ or flax meal
1 cup flake coconut, optional
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoon cocoa
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2  cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, wheat germ or flax meal, coconut and salt in a bowl. 



Separately mix syrup, cocoa and oil. Mix into dry ingredients. 



Spread into a cookie sheet and sprinkle with chocolate chips.



 Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. When granola is completely cooled, place in an airtight container. Enjoy!



This is a double batch recipe. You can cut in half if you like, but you might be sorry if you do!