Homemade granola is one of the easiest snacks you can make from scratch, and the ingredient possibilities are seemingly endless. With a base of rolled oats, you can add all sorts of dried fruits and nuts to your mix. I, personally, am partial to chocolate. So, today, I’m sharing my recipe for honey almond granola, which features dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!
How to Make Honey Almond Granola with Dark Chocolate Chips
If you’re a regular reader, you may know that I buy my rolled oats in bulk from a local organic farmer and that I get my honey locally, as well. Not everything in this recipe can be sourced locally or grown in the backyard (almonds are a bit harder to grow in the Northeast), but it’s nice to know that by making granola at home, I can choose to make it from as many local ingredients as possible.
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Here’s what you need to make up a batch of this honey almond granola with dark chocolate chips.
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup of whole, raw almonds
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon (t) of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon (t) of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Combine the rolled oats, almonds, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Combine the olive oil, honey, and vanilla extract in a glass liquid measuring cup or bowl. It’s important to combine the wet ingredients to ensure even coverage.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until all of the oat mixture is coated. The mixture should look wetter, but not overly soggy.
- Pour the granola mix onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Stir the granola on the cookie sheet with a spatula, then bake for another 30 minutes. Stir and bake for a final 30 minutes. While it might seem like a long process, this method helps prevent burning.
- Cool the mixture on the cookie sheet for a minute, then transfer it to a bowl. You don’t want to leave it on the pan too long or may start to harden and stick to the pan. Stir the mixture a couple of times while it cools to prevent clumping.
- Add the chocolate chips after the granola mixture has completely cooled. Be patient. You want whole chocolate chips, not globs of melted chocolate.
That’s it! It’s really that easy, and it’s so delicious – addictive, really. We eat it by the handful in our house. My favorite way to eat this homemade granola on top of homemade Greek yogurt.
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