Healthy Chocolate (Cocoa Puffs) Granola + Du Chocolate Review

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Healthy Chocolate (Cocoa Puffs) Granola + Du Chocolate Review

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
  • Salt

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!

I decided to call this “Cocoa Puff” granola because every bite made me think, “omgoodness, THIS TASTES LIKE GRANOLA!”. I believe, (though i’m not sure until I make a second batch), that this would not taste like cocoa puffs if it weren’t for Du Chocolat’s cocoa powder. Of course, most of you won’t have this product, but I can try to sub and update the recipe when I make the second and third batch.
This recipe is vegan friendly and can be made gluten free.

Healthy “Cocoa Puff” Granola

Ingredients

  • 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!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In one bowl, add coconut oil, agave nectar, coconut sugar, nut butter and cocoa powder and mix until full combined. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. Line with non-stick parchment paper or add coconut oil for less sticking to the pan. 
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Flip around every 10-15 minutes. This is important to ensure that they do not burn.
  7. Once down, add in chocolate chips. 
  8. DONE!
TIP: Try on plain banana ice cream (frozen bananas blended) or cold milk to get that cocoa puff nostalgia!
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Have fun GRANOL-ING!

Krystle xx

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

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