The other day while I was running errands, my daughter mixed a batch of Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola with Clusters. This recipe was found on the website “Rachl Mansfield.” Once I started eating this, I found my hand constantly returning to the container. This vegan and gluten-free granola is also dairy-free! It takes you five minutes to prepare the granola and 30 minutes baking time.
You’ll need gluten-free rolled oats, unsweetened coconut shreds, chop nut of any kind, flaxseed (promotes healthy digest and regularity), chia seeds (provide fiber), cinnamon, coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, hot water, vanilla extract and Hu dark chocolate. (Ms. Mansfield recommends this brand of chocolate, but note she has partnered with them.)
My daughter made some substitutions with the recipe as to use what was available without going to a food store. She used regular oatmeal, chopped almonds, table sugar and Nestlē l chocolate chips. The granola was fantastic! You could taste the coconut and a hint of cinnamon. The chocolate was a bonus flavor and put the granola over the top.
When I made the granola today, I used dark chocolate chips. Wegmans has dark chocolate chips (70% cacao) for $1.99 for a 12 ounce bag. They also have bags of chia and flax seed. Prior to the pandemic, you were able to purchase the seeds in Nature’s Market, bulk food aisle.
If you have a child that has a peanut allergy, like my granddaughter, Nestlē makes a brand of chocolate chips call Simply Delicious. These chips are free from eight food allergens and contain only three ingredients. I found these at my local ShopRite for $4.99 for a 12 ounce bag.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.