Chocolate Granola

There is a reason chocolate is an ingredient in many of the sweeter foods I make.  Cocoa powder itself does not contain sugar, is relatively low in fat, has fiber and iron and magnesium in it, and may even combat depression.  Plus, it tastes damn good.   This granola is tripley (not sure if that is a word) good and good for you with additional fiber from the oats, flax, chia and almonds, heart healthy Omega 3 from the flax, and of course - IT'S CHOCOLATE!  

 

Super yum on fruity nachos, sprinkled over yogurt, and, of course, on it's own.  

Ingredients

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. pure maple syrup

2 Tbs. honey

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. olive oil

1/2 c. milk

3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)

3 c. rolled oats

3 c. crisp rice cereal

1/2 c. ground fax seed (optional)

 

1/2 c. chia seeds (optional - definitely will need dental floss after eating)

1/2 c. slivered almonds

Directions  

Mix together sugar, maple syrup, honey, olive oil, butter, and milk in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and mix in cocoa, vanilla and almond extract (if using).  Combine rolled oats, crisp rice, ground flax and almonds in a large bowl.  Drizzle wet mixture over dry, stirring to combine.  Spread on a sheet pan and allow to "dry".  Store in a Ziplock bag or other container.