Chocolate Granola is super easy to make and is yummy for breakfast either on its own or as a topping for yogurt. It's full of healthy ingredients and will keep for several weeks when stored in an airtight container. I like to package the Chocolate Granola in treat bags tied with a decorative ribbon for wonderful homemade Christmas presents. I also like to munch on the granola as a snack.
Preheat oven to 300° F. Line two large baking sheets with sides with silicon mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine oats, groats, coconut, cocoa, almonds, pecans, allspice, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, sesame seeds, Chia seeds and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat syrup, vanilla extract, brown sugar, olive oil and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the coconut oil is melted and the brown sugar is dissolved.
Pour syrup mixture over oat mixture; stir with a wooden spoon or silicon spatula until thoroughly mixed.
Divide the granola mixture evenly between the two baking sheets. Spread into thin layers.
Bake in preheated 300° F oven for 55 minutes or until granola appears dry and is set. Remove from oven; cool completely.
Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Yield: 9 cups. (See Tip 4)