This is my absolute favourite chocolate granola recipe. It’s studded with peanuts and almond slivers, as well as cacao nibs. And just as it emerges from the oven, we stir dark chocolate pearls into the chocolate granola. The residual heat melts the chocolate, resulting in a chocolate granola which gives us the license to have chocolate nut clusters for breakfast. I add quite a generous helping of kosher salt to the chocolate granola to allude to the Snickers bar on the palate, but feel free to adjust the salt to your taste preference.
Our family obsession with dark chocolate
Our household consumption of dark chocolate has skyrocketed since T2 has been able to articulate her food preferences. The chocolate and chocolate products we like to work with most in the kitchen are from Valrhona (not a paid post. I’ve been a Valrhona fan for nearly two decades). For this chocolate granola, we use the French chocolate manufacturer’s cacao powder, cacao nibs, as well as dark chocolate baking pearls (their luxe equivalent to chocolate chips).
But T2’s greatest contribution to this chocolate granola recipe is her commitment to ensuring that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed using her “bottom to top, stir, stir, stir” method. I’ve observed her technique. She scoops up the cacao powder and coconut sugar from the base of the bowl, tossing it to the top of the chocolate granola mixture. Then she stirs it in carefully to ensure that the finer ingredients don’t all settle to the base.
Granola prep tips
It’s also important to pay attention to oven temperatures (purchase an oven thermometer, it’ll save you from the heartache of many baking disasters). And I use the timer function on my smartphone to remind myself to stir the chocolate granola every 15 minutes.
Chocolate granola isn’t just a breakfast food
Depending on the ingredients you choose to use in your granola, each batch yields between 800g to 1 kg. One of my favourite ways to enjoy this chocolate granola is to drizzle it with milk, top it with Greek yoghurt (both full fat because flavour otherwise suffers), then spoon roasted cherries over it (recipe to come). But don’t limit yourself to having this chocolate granola only at breakfast time. It’s just as delicious sprinkled over ice cream or incorporated into a plated dessert. I’d scoop it into clusters for all day snacking.