Almond Joy Granola features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat!
I love coming up with new incarnations of my all-time favorite granola recipe, but would you believe that I’ve never before forayed into chocolate territory? Today seems like a good day to rectify that, though…so say hello to Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola, otherwise known as Almond Joy goodness in granola form!
I mean, what’s not to love about an Almond Joy? There’s the tropical coconut…the crunchy almonds…the creamy chocolate. So why not throw in some toasty oats and call it breakfast?
This Almond Joy Granola boasts two forms of chocolate…unsweetened cocoa powder stirred right into the coconut oil, and semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirred into the baked granola after it’s had a chance to cool. And while the recipe is primarily sweetened with honey, I did add a smidgeon of brown sugar as well to balance out the unsweetened cocoa.
It’s up to you, however, whether that brown sugar is even necessary. Leaving it out gives the granola more of a bittersweet flavor, with pops of sweetness from the chocolate chips. Adding it gives a more uniform, sweet-and-chocolatey taste overall. My hubby thought this granola tasted perfect without the brown sugar, but my kids preferred it included (of course). We’re only talking about 1/4 cup brown sugar to begin with, so feel free to add all, half, or none…it’s really just a small tweak in the grand scheme of the recipe. 😉
Almond Joy Granola is basically just a gourmet spin on everyday homemade granola. It’s healthier than store-bought (because you control the ingredients, my friend), and it’s far more economical to whip up a big batch than spend 5 to 10 bucks on a little bag. Plus, it’s named after a candy bar, but you get to eat it for breakfast…and who’s going to argue with that?!
Adapted from Nut & Honey Granola
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