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Sweet Mornings – Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola

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I love granola! The fun thing about making your own granola is that you can mix ingredients and nutrients you want to eat. I had the urge to make a chocolate, coconut granola. But not like chocolate morsels… I wanted to use organic cacao powder and nibs because they’re rich in antioxidants (richer than wine and blueberries!) and also one of the highest sources of magnesium. I always knew chocolate was good for you : ) I added coconut flakes and toasted coconut to give it a yummy flavor, as well as almonds because they’re the most nutritious out of all the nuts. I added quinoa flakes because they provide essential amino acids (read this) and blend in well with the oats. To sweeten it, I stirred in a little honey and a small amount of coconut oil. I also used vegetable oil, but you can use all coconut or another oil if you prefer. I’ve been eating this for breakfast with coconut milk and berries and it’s great! I bottled some up to give to friends and with Valentine’s Day being right around the corner, it’s a very sweet gift. Enjoy!

 

Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola 
4 cups organic, old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup organic quinoa flakes
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cut toasted coconut
1/2 cup raw, slivered almonds
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic cacao powder
1 egg white
1/2 cup organic honey (add a little more if you like it sweet)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Directions:
Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (except the toasted coconut!) and mix. Then combine the wet ingredients and stir until mixed. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is coated. Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet with sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, checking on it and stirring occasionally. The oats should be a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Then toss in the toasted coconut. Enjoy!

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14 responses to Sweet Mornings – Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola

  1. January 30, 2013

    This looks amazing! I love quick and easy recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. January 30, 2013

    Hey. just to let you know that there is some info missing in your ingredients. I don’t see any cacao nibs listed and there are some measurements missing.

    On another note. I am happy to discover your site. Your pictures are great.

    Look froward to exploring your site more.

    1. January 30, 2013

      Thanks Kieran! Added the nibs… measurements should be fine. Appreciate the comment and glad you’re a new reader 🙂

  3. January 30, 2013

    yummy!

  4. January 30, 2013

    This looks amazing! You and I are on definitely on the same page. I imagine we have a similar diet too 🙂 I can’t live without my oatmeal, cocoa & granola everyday. Bookmarking!

  5. January 30, 2013

    I love granola, Eden. And, these photographs are amazing….makes me definitely want to try this recipe.
    Pinning.right.now. 😉 xo, A.

  6. January 31, 2013

    mmmmm…yammy yammy!!!

  7. February 1, 2013

    A healthy chocolate breakfast cereal? Sold!

  8. Well, this is a good mixture of crunch and munch. This is a unique one for me to try.

  9. February 5, 2013

    It’s a bowl filled with full of nutritious things and hope to make it soon for my breakfast.

  10. Cris
    April 19, 2013

    Just wondering!how fattening is this? im on a diet and Im not sure how much I should eat or if I should eat it at all 🙁 It looks sooo yummy! love this recipe.

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  12. Lisa
    October 27, 2014

    This looks delicious! Can you explain “1 cut toasted coconut”? Did you mean 1 cup and if so how is this different from the cup of coconut flakes. Sorry, cooking with coconut is fairly new for me. Thank you!

    1. Eden
      October 27, 2014

      Hi Lisa! Yes, I picked up a bag of coconut flakes from Whole Foods. They’re very small and kind of look like snow flakes! The 1 cup toasted coconut is just regular shredded coconut you get at the store and then I toasted it. The more coconut the better, haha! Hope that helps 🙂

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