Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

Today was a sad day, friends. As I took the last bite of my granola this morning, I quietly wept to myself.

So many granolas have come and gone in my life, each finding their own way to make my morning yogurt a little more interesting but this particular one holds a very special place in my heart.

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

I woke up everyday with anticipation, knowing that it’s tempting chunks of chocolate and coconut awaited me.

Then the bits of roasted almond and crunchy hemp seeds kept me company while I made dinner in the evening. And finally, the slightly salty chocolatey flavor paired with a cold glass of milk at night satisfied all my cravings before tucking me into bed.

Sigh…it was love at first bite.

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

Although I based this off of my vanilla almond chia granola, that recipe doesn’t even hold a candle to this one.

I kept the best parts of that recipe, using egg whites to yield nice big chunks…

granola

and broken pieces of almonds for that same satisfying crunch.  However, I decided to use hemp seeds instead of chia this time for a little superfood variety.

Hemp Seeds

And I used big chunks of coconut instead of the shredded kind and it made a world of difference for both the flavor and the texture.

Coconut

Seriously guys, this granola is unbelievably good. I must have looked like a cheetah protecting her cubs as I held this granola in my hands because Brandon was actually afraid to eat it, and that says a lot considering he is the biggest chocolate fiend I know.

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I’m planning to make more as soon as I get the chance because I miss it that much already.

 

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup coconut pieces
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used raw, unfiltered)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 2 tablespoons egg white
  • 1 cup raw almond pieces (whole almonds can be ground to be pieces in a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  3. Spread granola mixture out onto the cookie sheet, using the back of a spoon to flatten it.
  4. Bake in the oven for 22 minutes or until light golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Once granola has cooled, break it into big chunks and place into an airtight container. Add the chocolate chips to the granola in the container and mix well.

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

Granola can be served immediately and stored in an airtight container for up to one week…if it lasts that long. ;)

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola

 

What’s your favorite way to eat granola?