Is there anything better than an afternoon lazily spent in the kitchen?
Weekends like this are held near and dear to my heart. I am fortunate to have a child who adores spending time in the kitchen creating and cooking as much as I do.
This chocolate granola cereal is quickly becoming a new cult favorite around here during our lazy afternoons.
I am more than happy to oblige the request to make it since, unlike pre-packaged cereal, this recipe has no refined sugar or preservatives. Even without any refined ingredients, it will still satisfy your hunger, as well as fix any massive chocolate cravings!
And, not only does this chocolate treat make an excellent cereal for breakfast, it’s the perfect snack to take on the go. So make this recipe now, and enjoy these crunchy bites of naturally sweet decadence throughout the week to come!
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Mise en Place
Preheat your oven to 300°F.
Using a dry measuring cup, measure the oats and set aside separately in a large bowl.
Measure out and combine the dried cherries, shredded coconut, and pistachios in another bowl.
Only have raw pistachios? No worries! Simply add them with the raw oats before baking to get that roasted flavor at home.
Step 2 – Make the Liquid Mixture
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
Cook over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, frequently whisking, until the ingredients are fully combined.
Note: If you want a smoother, liquidy glaze on your oats, increase the amount of coconut oil by 1 ounce. This will result in a thinner liquid that will more evenly and easily coat the oats. The result will be a slightly softer cereal.
Step 3 – Combine the Oats and Liquid Mixture
Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the oats. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, stir to combine.
Clumps will start to form. Gently break them apart with the spoon and continue to mix. You can choose to leave some clumps, if you prefer a crunchier cereal.
Gradually, the ingredients will come together. Continue mixing until the oats are evenly coated with the mixture.
Step 4 – Bake
Spread the chocolate oat mixture on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
We want a golden-brown color, indicating that the oats have been thoroughly toasted. To help them toast evenly, give the pan a good shake about halfway through the baking time.
When done, remove your pan from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
Step 5 – Add the Cherries, Coconut, and Pistachios
To the cooled pan, add the cherries, coconut, and pistachios. Mix thoroughly to combine.
For a crazily indulgent twist on this recipe (yes, please!) you can add 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips along with the other ingredients in this step.
Step 6 – Serve and Store
I suggest serving this with cold milk for a tasty cereal. Also, adding this to homemade ice cream or yogurt as a topping is divine.
Simple can be the way to go, too. Grab a handful to snack on during a busy day.
When storing, make sure to allow it to cool completely before reaching for an airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 week.
Crunchy, Chocolaty Snacktime
Don’t you just adore this recipe? Homemade granola is such an easy and delicious treat, perfect to make on a lazy weekend to have for the rest of a busy week.
My whole family loves the decadent chocolate flavors of this recipe. The customizations are limitless, too, so bring on the picky eaters! And don’t forget to try our version of a spiced granola with dried fruit and seeds if you’re looking for something a little different.
Need even more chocolate in your life? So do we! Make our brownie roll-out cookies for when you really feel like indulging.
Don’t be scared to experiment with your favorite flavors. Have one combo in particular in mind? Tell us about it in the comments below so we can enjoy it, too.
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Photos by Leslie Morrison, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. With additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on January 19th, 2009. Last updated: November 9, 2018 at 13:04 pm.
*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Leslie Morrison
Leslie is a food photographer and writer. She enjoys spending time in her kitchen and behind the lens of her camera and working on her food blog, Deliciously Plated (deliciouslyplated.com). When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her son and her husband.