Granola is a great source of fiber and iron, heart-healthy unsaturated fats and plant based protein but the store bought ones are often laden with added sugar, oils and calories. Ditch the store-bought and try making your own! It's not complicated, it's often cheaper and you can control exactly what goes in it.
This Dark Chocolate Sea Salt granola is a new favorite in my house!
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup chopped raw nuts (almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts are best)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut chips
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
optional: 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil and maple syrup until melted and combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix or stir well.
Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 17-24 minutes (or until fragrant and deep golden brown), stirring a bit near the halfway point to ensure even baking.
Let cool completely. Then add chocolate (optional). Place in a container that has an air-tight seal, and it should keep for a few weeks. Or store in the freezer up to 1 month or longer.