FROM SCRATCH : healthiest ever chocolate granola | budget version

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as i’m sure a lot of you can agree with, granola is one of the tastiest treats on the planet.
is it breakfast ? is it dessert ? is it a snack ?
who cares, it’s yummy !

but quite often a lot of the granola recipes i stumble upon have quite pricey ingredients… goji berries, macadamia nuts, matcha tea… ain’t nobody got a budget for that ! ( at least not me )

so here it is – my cheapified version of the healthiest granola ever recipe i’ve shared before.
and like usual : no oil, no added sugar or syrup, no hanky panky.

all the ingredients i’ve used are organic. still this granola is just a fraction of the price it would have been if i’d bought it readymade in the food shop.

i’e gone with sunflower seeds instead of more expensive nuts and seeds. sunflower seeds are hella cheap, delicious, and good for you.
instead of oils or tahini ( which i used in my earlier granola recipe ) i’ve gone with plain old bananas. yep, it works beautifully !

oats are of course cheap, organic raisins and dates are cheaper than other dried fruits. cinnamon, shredded coconut, and cacao for some added flavouring and we’ve got the yummiest little lumps of health.

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healthiest ever chocolate granola
makes one large baking sheet
3 ripe bananas
about 10 dates, pitted
100 ml / 0.4 cup unsweetened cacao ( or more, depending on how strong a chocolate flavour you want )
a splash of water
500 g / 17.5 oz oats ( use gluten-free is you’re intolerant )
100 ml / 3.5 oz puffed brown rice
200 ml / 0.8 cup sunflower seeds
200 ml / 0.8 cups raisins
100 ml / 0.4 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon

– preheat the oven to 150° C / 300° F.
– blend bananas, dates, and cacao until smooth. add a splash of water if needed to adjust the texture. check the video for consistency reference.
– in a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. you can choose to wait with the raisins until after the granola is done, but i prefer to let them join the other ingredients in the oven. it makes them chewy and caramelly which i like. be careful not to burn them though !
– add the chocolate blend to the bowl and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are covered.
– place a parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes or so. the granola should feel firm but not too dry, since it dries up even more when cooled off. let cool completely before placing it in an airtight container. i like putting a piece of kitchen towel in the container, to absorb any moisture left in the granola.

tip !
if you can’t find the puffed rice, i’ve just crumbled up some rice cakes in the past and it works great. make sure they’re unseasoned though ^^

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you know, my last granola recipe is one of my most popular recipes of all times – which was a complete surprise to me !
i don’t even know how many times you’ve tagged me on instagram with that recipe. looking forward to see if you try this baby out !

we already finished this batch ( it just took a couple of days uh-oh ) so seeing these pics gives me the biggest craving.
time to get a new batch going !

love // jenny

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29 Comments

  1. Oh my god. Looks magnificent! Any ideas what else I could use instead of puffed rice? Dont know where to get that where I live.

    • Hi Mish!

      I couldn’t find it easily, either. I was planning on using crumbled up rice cakes, hope that’ll work.

      • Oh, she had actually gave that as a tip for this recipe, so it should definitely work than!

  2. Hi !

    My name is Elise, i am a french graphic designer currently living in Sweden.
    I follow your blog and really enjoy the quality of your content. It is always both simple and beautiful and i like the way you share your ideas about minimalism.

    I also freelance, i also have a cooking blog and i have also been moving around a lot with my boyfriend lately so i can easily relate to your thoughts and lifestyle.

    I just posted a picture of your granola on my blog, have a look :)
    https://eatitalive.squarespace.com/happymeals/2016/chocolategranola

    Have a great day

    Elise

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  4. Hey Jenny!

    I made this yesterday and had it for breakfast today before going to work… and it was so yummy that I was feeling like sending you love while eating it and thinking “Omg Jenny made my day so delicious again” :)

    Thank you so much for all the inspiration, positivity and yumminess you bring into my life :)

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  8. Zsófi Forrás

    I found you just a few days ago and I thoroughly enjoy your content both on minimalist stuff and vegan stuff! I often find it difficult to find ingredients for online recipes I’d like to make but I just made this and it was incredibly easy! I love that you use common ingredients! Thanks for the recipe, I’m looking forward to try more of them :)

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  10. Heey hi! I really want to make this recipe, it look so yummy and nutritive! But in my country we don’t have dates, so I wanted to ask you what can I use instead??

  11. Do you know how long it can be stored, in the fridge or not because it has bananas..

  12. Hi Jenny! This is the second recipe of yours that I make (first was the turmeric porridge, which I now make at least 3 times a week). But it did not turn out crunchy like granola should be. I actually tried leaving it in the oven longer, even at a higher temperature. It did not dry out. My banana cocoa mixture was more liquid than yours so I left the water out… What could have happened? I would really like to make the other recipe you have but since those ingredients are more expensive I want to troubleshoot before I make it hehe. Help? It still tastes great but it’s just mushy… :(

  13. Kendra Gallegos

    Jenny, I adore you and your videos, they are so incredibly beautiful. You make food and cooking look so sensual, so relaxing, and so very holistic. I just made your cacao granola, its hot out of the oven and i cannot wait to put it on top of a bowl of berries. <3 Kendra

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  15. Hi Jenny! :) I was wondering, if I could replace the banana with some other fruit? My mom can’t eat any bananas, and that is why it would be stupid for me to make a granola with them.. :/ Or maybe I could just leave it out?

    By the way, I really enjoy your beautiful blog and videos, the are inspiring me to cook and eat healthier!

  16. I made this with dried figs instead of dates, peanuts and some PB2 for good measure. Turned out quite well. Plan on definitely making again. Maybe a pumpkin spice version?!

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  18. granolaqueen

    Hi, we tried the recipe but found the 3 banana chocolate mixture was much too little for the 500gr of oats you included. We added more banana but found it was still too dry. Is there a typo in the recipe?

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  20. Dear Jenny,
    how long do they last if I do not eat them all at once? I made them for my sister’s birthday which is in 2 weeks. Would you recommend that I make a new batch until then?
    Btw, I love everything you do and it’s very inspiring. Glad I have found you <:

  21. So, i made this granola today and it is good! however, it is not crunchy enough for my taste. Next time I’ll try making your other recipe with tahini.

  22. I’m making this right now, and my whole little house smells SO good! I couldn’t resist a taste before I popped it in the oven. It’s crazy-simple, and I cannot wait to dig into it! Thank you for sharing all your yummy recipes!

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