BY: Lively Staff

May 29, 2018

A Healthy Granola Recipe Full of Dark Chocolate and Nuts

Take your snacking game to the next level with this healthy granola recipe. It can even top your favorite dessert or treat!

healthy granola recipe

Here is a healthy granola recipe you can feel good about making and leaving on your countertop. Nowadays, there are so many granola variations in the grocery store, it can make your head spin! Homemade granola couldn’t be any easier to make, however. So leave those store-bought versions behind to make this healthy granola recipe. It’s healthier and lower in sugar than its packaged counterparts.

You can’t make a good granola without using gluten-free rolled oats. You might be thinking, “are oats gluten free? I thought grains were bad. Can oats be good for some people and bad for others?” The truth is, everyone has their own individual dietary needs and should eat what makes them feel good, or follow a doctor or nutritionist’s recommendations. We’re here to point out the unique benefits of certain foods so that the choice is up to you to make.

healthy granola recipe

From a nutritional standpoint, oats are inherently gluten free, although many oats can be processed in factories that also produce wheat and other grains. Therefore, it’s important to read the label of the oats you purchase. If gluten free is a necessary staple of your diet, be sure the label claims “Certified Gluten Free” to ensure no cross contamination has occurred.

Grains are not evil. Many people that have sensitive digestion steer clear from grains as they can be harder to digest for some. But oats have many health benefits, making them an excellent choice for healthy, active people. If you made our overnight oats, you may remember that oats increase viscosity in food, making it thicker and slower to digest. This can help support digestion as well as have a healthy effect on blood sugar levels (1).

healthy granola recipe

Now for how to make this delicious and low-sugar healthy granola recipe. Store-bought granola can contain lots of sugar, as the recipes usually have a granulated sugar as well as a liquid type of sweetener in them. In this healthy granola recipe, we only used honey and the slight sweetness found in our Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides.

When making homemade granola, it’s important to remember to mix all the dry ingredients well so that when you combine it with the liquid ingredients, everything is evenly distributed. To make the dark chocolate sauce, melt the coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract together. Turn off the heat, then whisk in the Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides until a silky chocolate texture is achieved. Pour it over the dry ingredients, and use a rubber spatula to get every last drop of it into the granola. Now fold in the liquid until all the granola is completely coated. The last step is to place it in the oven and bake it for about 20 minutes.

You can eat this granola with almond or coconut milk, or top it over ice cream or coconut whipped cream!

Dark Chocolate Nutty Granola
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C gluten-free rolled oats
  2. 1 C coconut flakes
  3. 1 C pecans
  4. ½ C walnuts
  5. ¼ C chia seeds
  6. ½ t sea salt
  7. ½ t ground cinnamon
  8. ⅓ C coconut oil
  9. ⅓ honey
  10. ½ C Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides
  11. 1 T vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, sea salt and cinnamon until well combined.
  3. In a double boiler or pot, melt coconut oil on low heat, then add in honey, Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients. Fold liquid into dry ingredients until all is covered.
  5. Spread mixture evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Let granola cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.
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(1) Hou Q, Li Y, Li L, et al. The Metabolic Effects of Oats Intake in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 2015 Dec 10;7(12):10369-87. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4690088/


Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.

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