Dark Chocolate Almond Granola

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Chocolate granola for breakfast? Who eats chocolate for breakfast?

Somewhere in Saturday’s post for a spicy Asian soup, as I was lamenting having to change my camera settings for daylight savings time and how it messes up my food photos, I also promised you a sweet dark chocolate granola recipe.

Chocolate Almond Granola

You won’t find many granola recipes here. They aren’t typically calorie friendly, and neither is this one.

Still, since visions of oats, Hershey’s Dark Cocoa Powder, almonds and honey kept swimming around in my brain, it was time to make a batch of granola.

Chocolate Almond Granola

Looks nice and chocolaty, doesn’t it?

When it comes to dark chocolate, I think many of us have heard it can be packed with flavonoids that can help prevent heart disease. But what about cocoa powder?

No worries there! Cocoa powder  has the solids removed, but packs the same whollop, so why not add it to my oats and honey?

Chocolate Almond Granola

Since I’m a calorie watcher, you won’t find me pouring a bowl of granola for breakfast, but you will find it crumbled over a bowl of vanilla Greek yogurt for crunch and texture.

Chocolate for breakfast. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

~Kristi

Dark Chocolate Almond Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Hershey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup canola oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine oats, almonds, cinnamon, brown sugar and chocolate in a large bowl.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour over oats and mix extremely well.
  5. Spread evenly over cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes to toast. Stir halfway in-between.
  6. Remove and allow to cool. Seal in a container.
Notes
Food energy: 347kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 9
Saturated fatty acids: 1.39g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 8.77g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 4.27g
Total fat: 14.43g
Calories from fat: 129
Cholesterol: --
Carbohydrate, by difference: 47.15g
Total dietary fiber: 5.90g
Protein: 8.55g
Total lipid (fat): 15.68g
Water: 6.52g
Ash: 1.36g
Total sugars: 16.47g
Calcium: 59mg
Iron: 3.32mg
Magnesium: 140mg
Phosphorus: 241mg
Potassium: 243mg
Sodium: 76mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 - ½ cup servings

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