Sunday, June 2, 2013

SRC: Nutty Chocolate Granola

This month my SRC partner was Aly of Cooking in Stilletos. Now isn't that an interesting name. Keeping with the theme is the tagline - Making the leap from Louboutin to Le Creuset. Aly comes across as a fun girl and with a blog name like that, this was no surprise! She's in Philadelphia and owes her earliest culinary experiences and memories to her grandfather who she lovingly refers to as Bampa. When you go on over, and you really should, be ready to treat yourself to a variety of yummy treats - both sweet and savory. Like me, Aly seems to be a Nigella Lawson fan. You will find quite a few of her recipes on Aly's blog.

Now I just couldn't let a coincidence like that go to waste. So when I was going through her blog and came across her post on Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Peanut Granola, I knew I had found my recipe for this month. My husband and I love granola, but in Mumbai, its becoming increasingly hard to purchase good granola. Some of the brands we used to enjoy a few years ago have simply deteriorated in quality to such an extent that I have stopped buying it altogether. That's where this recipe comes in. It just called out my name :)

This granola was so quick to put together. While it is in the oven, just as an added bonus, your house will smell divine. The list of ingredients is impressive and while I wouldn't have changed a thing, I had to substitute  the nuts and fruit in the list for ones that I have on hand. I'm trying to use up ingredients in my pantry and trying to not purchase stuff that I can do without. Why? Well that's a good question and stay tuned to know why. I have news to share with you and I'll do it soon, but I don't want that to hijack this post. This granola sure deserves a post of its own. I love that way it tastes with the cocoa and the cinnamon and you'll get a little chewiness, a little crunch, just perfect for a granola. I have found myself a great recipe for homemade granola. Thanks Aly!

Here's a snapshot of the tray before it went into the oven -



And here's what it looks like after it comes out. Remember to add the cranberries and raisins once it has cooled down. Glorious breakfast goodness, isn't it. Without any further delay, lets get to the recipe. I halved the recipe and you will find the quantities I used here along with the substitutions I made. For a look at the original recipe, click here.



Nutty Chocolate Granola

1/4 cup good quality cocoa
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup chopped cashew nuts
1/3 cup applesauce (I used homemade applesauce, recipe to follow soon)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 160ÂșC.

Mix all the ingredients, except the raisins and cranberries in a large bowl.

Spread the mix onto a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring the mixture every 15-20 minutes or so.

Allow it to cool. Add the raisins and the dried cranberries and mix to distribute well.

Store in an airtight container.



18 comments:

  1. I love homemade granola. In the winter I always have a batch in the oven, but that looks so good. I'll have to make some this week!

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    1. Thanks Camilla, this was my first attempt of many, many more I'm sure!

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  2. Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please!

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  3. Yum! Granola is so good, and CHOCOLATE granola?! Amazing!

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    1. It is, isn't it Sara :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I LOVE granola, and refuse to make it as I could easily eat the lot in one sitting! :)

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    1. :) We love it too, and were just too fed up of not having a decent option in stores :)

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  5. I'm trying to use up ingredients in my pantry and trying to not purchase stuff that I can do without, too. I wonder if our reasons are the same?

    I am almost out of my latest batch of homemade granola, and it's time to make more. Perhaps I'll try this recipe. It sounds so good!

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    1. Oh you've got me wondering too Anna :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Your granola looks absolutely delicious. I love granola on my yogurt, but haven't yet ventured to make my own.

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  7. I can never tire of trying different granola recipes. Love the chocolate/cinnamon!

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  8. Chocolate Granola for breakfast?
    Wow so yummy

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    1. Thank you for stopping by :) Hope you can stop by again soon!

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  9. I love chocolate for any time :)
    Wow this look yummy for breakfast

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    1. :) Thanks for stopping by .... look forward to you coming back again!

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