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Granola Goodness!

23 Feb

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WARNING!!! If you make this granola and then eat it all that day it is not my fault. I will not be held liable.

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Seriously folks, this granola is delicious and easy to put together. The hardest part is not eating it all right when it comes out of the oven.

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Chocolate Crunch Granola

Makes approximately 4 cups of granola

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
3/4 cup unsweeted dried coconut
1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix together the oats, almonds, coconut, dark chocolate and flax seeds.
  • In a small sauce pan melt the coconut oil, brown sugar, and maple sugar together (This can also be done in the microwave). Then stir in the vanilla, cocoa power and salt into the mixture off the heat.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and mix together thoroughly.
  • Pour everything onto the lined baking sheet and take a spatula and press down the mixture into one solid sheet of granola that’s less than half an inch thick.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, then let cool for an hour before breaking up the granola into bite sized clusters. Then enjoy!

Ready for the week’s breakfast!

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Baked Chocolate Donuts

5 May

If you know me well, you probably know I love donuts.  This past weekend Sean and I went to go see The 5 Year Engagement, which was entertaining and a good laugh, and part of the story has to do with people eating old donuts instead of waiting for new ones to arrive and what this says about their emotional well-being.  Anytime this plot point came up all I could think was I would probably eat both, especially if they were Dunkin Donuts with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.  Just saying.

I try not to eat donuts too often,  being that they’re not the most healthy of foods, but a little while ago I got a donut baking pan and I came up with this baked chocolate donut recipe.  It’s still not the most healthy of foods, but they’re baked and not fried, so that’s a plus.  They are also easy to make and taste delicious, so give them a try.  I’m sure mom would like them for Mother’s Day!

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Adapted from Camille Styles

Makes 12 Donuts

For the Donuts 

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup and 2 tablespoons milk ( I used almond milk)
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup melted semi sweet chocolate chips

For the Icing

½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup coconut milk
sprinkles (optional)
 

To make the donuts, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease your donut pans.

In a bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  In a separate bowl mix together the milk, olive oil, applesauce, vanilla and melted chocolate until well combined.

Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.  Spoon the batter into the donut pans.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  Let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before cooling on wire racks.

For the icing, place the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for about 25 seconds and then stir.  Continue to heat the mixture in 10 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.  You can also do this over a double boiler.  Dip each cooled donut into the icing and let set on a wire rack.  Add sprinkles while the icing is still wet if desired.

Enjoy!

 

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