Monday, November 23, 2009

Double Chocolate Granola

Sometimes I think my family considers chocolate it's own food group. If you're that way too, here's a way to make sure you get your daily chocolate intake at breakfast. Actually, this granola is also fabulous as a snack or dessert. You can eat it plain, with milk, or sprinkle it over yogurt or ice cream. I prefer to make the granola a day before you plan to serve it--that gives it more time to crisp up.

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup wheat germ
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
½ cup honey
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Mix together oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, salt, coconut, pecans, and almonds in large bowl. In small saucepan, combine honey, oil, water and cocoa and bring to a simmer over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Drizzle liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto greased baking sheet (I use a half-sheet pan) and working a handful at a time squeeze cereal to form small clumps. (We make the clumps as we put the mixture onto the pan.) Bake at 275 for 30 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips on granola. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Carefully stir in melted chocolate chips. Leave in pan to let cool completely.

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