Cocoa Almond Granola

Chocolate Granola

Cocoa Almond Granola gives your everyday breakfast routine an upgrade — it’s full of all the good stuff like oats and almonds, with a little bit of cocoa to make it fabulous.

Did your mom ever let you buy Cocoa Krispies or Coco Puffs when you were a kid?  Remember how your plain old white milk magically turned into chocolate milk by the time you were finished with the cereal?
That was so cool.

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw Joy’s recipe for Cocoa Granola.

It’s time for round 3 of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook Off  hosted by Heather at Girlichef.  She asked a group of bloggers to join her in getting out the word— Joy Wilson of the Joy the Baker blog has a cookbook debuting this month!  We got  advance copies of the book in exchange for sharing with our readers a few of Joy’s recipes. For week 1 I made the unbelievable Frosted Brownies.  Week 2 featured the elegant Lady Grey Tea Cakes, and now this week it’s free choice!

Cocoa powder in granola—why didn’t I think of that?  I’ve been making homemade granola since college, and I thought I was being creative with it, but now see I was stuck in a rut.  Joy thought outside the box and takes granola into a new arena.   She says this is the perfect late night/wee hours of the morning food, but I see it as an after school snack or decadent breakfast.  I used the super deep dutched cocoa, which is why my granola looks so dark, but I think regular cocoa powder would have been better, at least visually.  If you’re in the mood to embellish, how about some tart dried cherries and mini chocolate chips

Cocoa Almond Granola

Cocoa Almond Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, honey, oil and butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the warm sugar mixture over the oat mixture and toss with a wooden spoon. Toss until all of the oats and almond bits are at least moistened by the sugar mixture. Spoon mixture onto prepared baking sheets and place in the oven.
  5. Bake granola for 30 minutes, removing from the oven to toss and stir 2 to 3 times during baking. Granola is done when it is toasted around the edges and fragrant.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

recipe from Joy The Baker Cookbook

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/cocoa-almond-granola-joy-the-baker-cookbook-spotlight/

Joy the Baker Cookbook is now officially on the shelves!

So cool.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    jean miller
    February 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Susan, this looks wonderful! Wondering if the granola can be frozen? Thanks for all the great recipes.

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    Cathy
    March 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Sue, I made this for my running group and everybody loved it. It’s richer, more flavorful than classic granola- but not cloying or over rich. I took out the butter for my vegan friends and added dried cherries. Yum!

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    Gerry @Foodness Gracious
    March 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love snacking on granola and this looks like a winner for me and my kids if they can get to it before me. Great pics also :)
    Take care.

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    Kim
    March 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I have a fetish for all granola recipes. I’m almost always drawn to them. Your granola looks amazing and I love your suggestion of adding dried cherries and chocolate chips. Lookin’ good!

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    Bo
    March 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I very rarely make graola, but this is one of the recipes I’m dying to try. btw gorgeous pictures.

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    Cathy
    March 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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    Cathy
    March 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I’m going to make this for my running group- they’re going to love it!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    March 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Must look out for Joy the Baker – this looks sensational.

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    BeetleBuggy
    March 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Absolutely delightful! I’m bookmarking this. Btw, what cocoa powder do you use? It looks gorgeous in the photo and so unlike the normal ones I use.

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    Michelle
    March 3, 2012 at 4:05 am

    A grown up version of cocoa krispies. I like! Great pick this week!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    March 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I love Joy the Baker and I love granola too! (In fact, I have a recipe scheduled to post soon.) Great pics!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    March 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Cocoa granola sounds yummy though I don’t know if I have enough self control for this breakfast treat.

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    Mary
    March 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Sue, the granola really sounds delicious. My fear would be I’d eat it out of hand and gain a hundred pounds. What the heck! We only live once :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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    Kirsten@My German Kitchen...in the Rockies
    March 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I ordered the book yesterday and can’t wait for it to arrive. My family LOVES granola and this one would be a fantastic new addition. Thanks!

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    Lizzy
    March 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Mmmmmm….I love homemade granola! I rarely make it as I can’t seem to keep my hands off it…such temptation! I never would have thought to add cocoa, but it looks fabulous~

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    What a fun promotion. I am still drooling over your peanut butter/shortbread cookies. My husband could never have sugar cereal as a child (unless they went on a road trip). So, every year, the kids and I wrap several boxes of Captain Crunch or Fruity Pebbles for him. He groans but we know he LOVES it.

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    momto8
    March 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    your kidding!! I think i have found my favorite recipe! the cocoa powder and granola does throw me off a bit..but by your pictures I can tell this is just great! thanks!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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    the gardener's cottage
    March 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    oh does this sound good. i cannot wait to try this. thanks sue.

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    Susan Lindquist
    March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Yum! Yes, please! I know that this is usually breakfast or snack fare, but it looks like a killer dessert to me!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    March 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! What a super idea, and I know my sons will both love this. It will be a perfect for an Easter holiday breakfast. Jude x

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    Mary
    March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Joy never fails to take standard recipes up a notch. I am planning to pick up her cookbook this weekend. :) Have a fabulous day, Sue!

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    yummychunklet
    March 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I like the chocolaty color of the granola. Great idea!

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    March 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Mmmm…I could definitely wash it all down with that chocolatey milk. Awesome choice, this granola looks decadent, delicious – and your photos are all so beautiful!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    March 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Yes I do remember the chocolate milk left behind by my Cocoa Krispies :) What a nice memory! This granola does look fantastic and I love the ingredient list. Great photos and very nice post :)

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Your photos are fabulous, outstanding actually and just pop off of the screen. Homemade is always best and these look beyond great. I can almost smell the vanilla from here.
    Sam

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