As a small gift, I made some chocolate granola a few days ago. There is something very fun and decadent about eating chocolate for breakfast, and it makes for the most perfect midnight snack too. I was very pleased with the results and might make more batches of this granola as holiday gifts.
I came upon this recipe based on a recommendation on a food blog, not by the blogger but by someone leaving a comment. On this post, someone named Claire commented, "...I have a wonderfully indulgent recipe for chocolate granola, made with cocoa, from the Green & Black's chocolate cookbook." This caught my eye, I did some rapid web searching and luckily found the recipe online. So, to all those who take the time to leave thoughtful and helpful comments on food blog posts, I thank you! People do benefit from your comments.
Cherry Chocolate Granola
Adapted from Green and Black's Cocoa Crunch recipe, makes a BIG batch!
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease a large sheet pan or cover it with a sheet of parchment paper.
2. In a small saucepan, mix
¾ cup sugar
½ cup water
Warm the mixture to form a syrup, let it cool a bit, then add
3.5 oz chopped milk chocolate (one average sized bar)
¼ cup canola oil
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3. In a large bowl, mix together
4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ heaped cup cocoa powder
4. Add the sugar mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread it on the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 30-35 mins, stirring every few minutes and making sure it does not burn.
5. When it comes out of the oven, add a large handful of dried cherries.
I packaged the granola in a suitably kitschy container, since Halloween is in the air.
Do you want to see the silliest bear ever made? Here she is :D She was a gift so someone else now has custody of her.
Finally, Dale has a tip for you: To stay warm, sleep in layers!