Start your morning off with a sweet treat! Chocolate Crunch Granola is a little bit breakfast and a little bit dessert—the perfect combination! vegan // gluten free // soy free // nut free
I’m so excited to be participating in Angela’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash! Each year she hosts a series of guest posts over on her blog Canned Time about a given topic/ingredient/subject, and this year the theme is recipes that use nut or seed butters. I chose to use tahini—one of my regular go to “butters” now that we are nut free. To see more of this year’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash click HERE (this list will be updated all year long!)
Chocolate Crunch Granola
I love cereal. I just really love it. Especially sweet cereal. As a kid I lived for the weekends when my parents would surprise us with a pack of the mini boxes of cereals, and always fought (successfully—oldest kid here) for the Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, or Apple Jacks. I’m pretty sure we always left the Raisin Bran for my mom and dad.
Then for a year in my early 20s I lived in Spokane, WA—away from my family and friends, and at a job I really hated. I felt kind of exiled. And since it was just me, myself, and I, I would “prepare” myself one bowl each of Froot Loops and Corn Pops for my pity party that I held nightly. At the time I rationalized this as a healthy choice because it was low fat. Some days I really want to go back and shake some sense into the 20-something me!
Homemade is best!
Now that I’m older and wiser, emphasis on the older part, I really enjoy making my own granola. I eat it for breakfast, snacks, and even desserts. To me, the sensation of eating a cold bowl or cereal is right up there with eating a bowl of ice cream. Chocolate, sweet dates, fruit, coconut, chocolate chips—definitely dessert worthy, and yet still healthy enough for breakfast!
^^^ “Mom? Do you want a smile in this picture?”
Too much sugar!
Ever since I watched That Sugar Film I’ve tried to be more aware of my sugar intake. And by aware, I mean that I know how much sugar is in something and I eat it anyway—I seriously need to watch this movie once a month to keep me motivated! So for this granola I’m being “good” and sweetening it entirely with dates. I process dates and tahini—the star of this nut and seed butter showdown—with cocoa powder to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Then I use that to coat the oats in chocolate goodness! I do add chocolate chips which are sugar sweetened, but you could leave them out if you are very strict about your sugar intake (and kudos to you!).
My favorite breakfast cereals:
Two different flavors!
I’m going to give you two different versions here—take your pick, or make both! They’re equally delicious! The first has freeze dried strawberries and raspberries in it and looks so pretty! In the second I use freeze dried bananas, and switch the tahini for peanut butter (though you could still do the tahini, or any other nut or seed butter—we have to stick with the tahini or a soy based Wow Butter due to Jonathan’s allergies). Which one will you make first? Be sure to take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions!
^^^ Kid approved—my kids love my Chocolate Crunch Granola and you will too!