Monday, March 31, 2014

SRC: Chocolate Chip Granola

It's no surprise that we are a granola loving family.  It's one of those items I love having on hand at all times.  It's perfect to top yogurt, accompany cereal, have a delicious parfait or just a quick and easy snack on the go.  More times than not you can guarantee I have a bag in my purse for those times I need a quick pick-me-up while I'm running errands.
Granola is so easy to make and it's so much fun to customize.  I've made various types of granola from white chocolate cranberry, tropical, and even a simple brown sugar version and they have all been amazing.  The flavors and tastes can easily be changed by adding different fruits and nuts to the mix.  Granola is also one of those items that is fun to get the kids involved with too.  It's just a matter of combining and stirring a few different ingredients, pouring them on a baking sheet and popping them in the oven for a few minutes.  When it's all said and done you've got a delicious snack that the kids will love and they'll be so proud because they helped make it.

So when it came time for this month's secret recipe club assignment, I was perusing Erin's blog, our table for seven, and I came across her recipe for chocolate granola and I instantly knew what I wanted to make.  This combines two of my favorite things; granola and chocolate.  Yum!  This is a girl after my own heart; Erin and her family sound about like me and my family, we both are addicted to granola...and chocolate.
Erin is a fun-loving wife and mother of 5.  She is an incredibly strong woman who grew up with 4 siblings, has a large family, loves cooking and photography.  She has her hands full with 5 kids so she knows how important it is to be able to make a healthy meal that can please 5 kiddos and her husband and she also knows that it needs to be done quickly.  Quick, easy and healthy is the name of the game; with a few splurges here and there.  She has an abundance of tempting and mouthwatering recipes on her blog that I can't wait to try.  I tried my best not to go for the granola for the swap, but it just looked and sounded so good I just couldn't help myself!  So be sure to head on over to Erin's blog and check her and her recipes out!

Chocolate Chip Granola

3 Cups rolled oats
2 1/2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 Cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325.  Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Place oats, brown sugar, salt, and almonds in a bowl and toss to combine.

Place honey and vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 25-30 seconds, until honey is thin. Stir and pour over the oat mixture.  Stir the mixture to ensure all the ingredients are covered in the honey mixture.  Spread on the prepared baking sheet and place in the preheated oven and bake until golden and the oats start to get crunchy, about 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to sit, untouched for about 5 minutes.  Once the mixture has cooled slightly, using a spatula, gently move the granola around to ensure it hasn't stuck to the pan.

Allow the mixture to cool completely, gently transfer to a bowl and add the chocolate chips and toss gently to incorporate.

*This method allows some of the granola to form little chunks, which I love.  If you prefer a granola without chunks then stir the mixture throughout the baking process.

Recipe source: slightly adapted from Our Table for Seven


SallyBR said...

Wonderful take on granola! Loved the presentation too....

Hope you are having a great Monday, browsing through the assignments of our group!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

Everyone needs a great granola recipe!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

Granola is such a great thing to make from scratch... such a money saver!! This one looks delicious!

Tara said...

Looks wonderful! I have never made my own granola. This seems like the perfect place to start!

Erin- Table for Seven said...

Thank you so much for the kind words :) So glad you enjoyed the looks delicious!

Melissa said...

What a delicious granola recipe. I love trying new ones. Great pick this month. Thanks for sharing :)

BurntApple said...

I totally approve this cereal for breakfast. Or snacks. Or dessert. :) great src pick this month!

Lauren Everson said...

We love granola with our yogurt in this house. I should really try making my own soon!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

I made the same recipe when I had Erin's blog....I loved this recipe :) Great SRC pick!

Rebekah Hills said...

I definitely need to give this one a try - I know my son would LOVE it! Great pick this month!!

Anonymous said...

2nd granola recipe I've found today, I'm starting to think my recipes are way too complicated. Great SRC pick!

Karen Kerr said...

I can't believe I've never made granola! What a cute gift idea too with the jars.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Granola and chocolate is a pretty unbeatable combination. I always make my own granola, and no matter what combination of fruit and nuts I use, there's nearly always a bit of chocolate manages to find it's way in there - or those yummy yoghurt covered cranberries.

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