I absolutely love granola, yet I have never thought of making them. Why? Well I think it was mainly due to laziness! Haha. I decided to make chocolate granola because Du Chocolat sent me their cocoa powder to try out and it came the same day I made the granola, so I was like “OMG YES CHOCOLATE GRANOLAAAA!”. Before I get to the granola recipe, here’s a review on their cocoa powder! Go ahead and scroll all the way down for the recipe if you’d like :).
Du Chocolat Cocoa Powder Review!
Du Chocolat is yeast free, gluten free, nut free & sugar free. It is priced at $6.50 and $9.50 depending on what size you want. Their website states the ingredients as follows:
- Natvia Natural Sweetener
- Cocoa (10%)
- Soy Lecithin
Du Chocolat is based in Melbourne, Australia and that explains the arrival of their product to my house because, at first, I thought it was stolen. If you are in the USA, expect a couple of weeks for the product to come to your doorstep.
First impressions (aka what literally pops in my head upon viewing the product): Beautiful & seamless black packaging, eye catching, pretty, unique. I say all this because you don’t see black packaging often!
Review: I first tried the cocoa powder in milk with 2 teaspoons. It was too sweet for me until I realized I needed to add more milk(soy milk)! I found the mixture as rich with just the right amount of sweetness. With cocoa powders, you don’t want to add sugar, even though it is usually called for to get a preferred sweetness. The sweetness in their powder makes it really convenient to have in the pantry without sacrificing taste. I thought ‘yum’ and ‘yay’ instantly! Then I tried it hot, and whoa. Oh whoa whoa. Superfooders may think that cocao would give you the best benefits, but this is not bad AT ALL, tastebuds-wise. For convenience without added sugar, this a nice add to the pantry. If you ever want to try this product, try it with hot milk or hot water first. It will knock your socks off!
Main Point: I totally recommend this product.
And lastly, thank you Du Chocolat for sending me your product!
On to the delicious healthy chocolate granola!
Healthy “Cocoa Puff” Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you use gluten free oats or buckwheat)
- about 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1/2 cup sweetened/unsweetened cocoa powder (sub cacao powder if desired)
- spoonful of nut butter (I used dark chocolate peanut butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt + a dash more
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- handful of raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- handful of walnuts (or any nuts)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- optional, any other add ins you’d like!
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In one bowl, add coconut oil, agave nectar, coconut sugar, nut butter and cocoa powder and mix until full combined. Set aside.
- In another bowl, add oats and salt. Take the first bowl and incorporate it by using two spoons or two spatulas to mix all together. This is a great way to mix it thoroughly.
- Incorporate your walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and any other add ins to the mix until well-combined. If it’s too hard to mix, add agave. Taste and adjust to your liking.
- Line with non-stick parchment paper or add coconut oil for less sticking to the pan.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes. Flip around every 10-15 minutes. This is important to ensure that they do not burn.
- Once down, add in chocolate chips.
Have fun GRANOL-ING!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.