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Almond Joy Granola

    Chocolate, coconut and almonds are lightly sweetened with honey to create this healthy and addictive homemade granola.

    Almond Joy Granola - The Lemon Bowl

    Shortly after giving birth, I received the most thoughtful care package from my dear friend Aggie, In addition to sending gifts for both of my boys, she also picked out a few items just for me. What a woman!!!

    One of the items Aggie sent were these new-to-me granola oat clusters from Love Grown Foods. It is so nice to receive food gifts made with quality ingredients I can easily pronounce. My entire family quickly became addicted to this chocolate granola which is why I decided to create my own version.

    Almond Joy Granola by The Lemon Bowl

    If you’ve never made homemade granola, I encourage you to give it a try. Mix and match the flavors to make it your own. If you don’t have almonds on hand, swap out walnuts or pecans. Instead of honey, try using pure maple syrup. Coconut oil adds a subtle background flavor but canola or olive oil are great substitutes.

    Whip up a big batch on the weekend and store it for up to two weeks in an air-tight container. Scoop it out for busy weekday breakfasts or stash it in your car or desk for healthy snacking any time of day.

    No fork required.

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    Almond Joy Granola

    4.5 stars average
    Chocolate, coconut and almonds are lightly sweetened with honey to create this healthy and addictive homemade granola.
    PREP: 5 mins
    COOK: 50 mins
    TOTAL: 55 mins
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    Servings: 12

    Ingredients
     

    • 3 cups oats
    • ½ cup sliced almonds
    • cup honey
    • ¼ cup coconut oil
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
    • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees and line baking pan with a silicone baking mat or spray with cooking spray.
    • In a large bowl, toss together oats almonds; set aside.
    • Heat honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Whisk constantly until coconut oil melts and mixture is smooth – about 2 minutes.
    • Remove chocolate mixture from the stove and pour over the oats mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir ingredients until everything is evenly coated with the chocolate mixture.
    • Spread granola evenly on baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes stirring mixture once halfway through the cooking time.
    • Let cool completely before stirring in the shredded coconut and chocolate chips if adding.

    Notes

    Can be stored up to 3 weeks in an airtight container.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 23.5gProtein: 4.3gFat: 11.1gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.1gSodium: 95mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 7.9g
    SHOW AND TELL ON INSTAGRAM!Show me your creation and rate it below! Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

    56 Comments

    1. This looks so yummy and we have all the ingredients! My boys are going to love helping me make it. Did you put it in oatmeal or yogurt, or eat it by itself? I mean, I would totally eat it by the spoonful, but just wanted to see how you ‘used’ it!

    2. Oh Liz!!! This sounds so awesome!!! It would have to be an occasional treat though—6 WW points per serving!!! Wow!!!:-)

        1. Well—I don’t think that’s an option, Liz!!! Especially if they are dark chocolate chips!!! Antioxidants, you know!! I’m just going to make some and enjoy it!! Sometimes you just have to!!!:-)

      1. Aww that is so sweet!! Hmmm and it’s giving me ideas for my friends who are about to give birth any second. I’d have to double the batch of this, though – one for me and one for them!

      2. Oh my goodness, I love love love!!! Love Grown Foods granola. As in, I can barely stop myself from eating the entire bag in one sitting. This granola looks so delicious – I’ve never made chocolate granola, but I’m thinking it needs to happen asap!

      3. Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic! I love Almond Joy candies, and what better than to make it healthier into a granola! I also love that your friend sent a little care package and included all those lovely things, I’ll have to remember that for when my friends have more kids :)

      4. That looks wonderful! I LOVE cereal and granola! It is my favorite breakfast/snack/anytime food, and I would love to make some of this for afternoon snacks after my second run of the day! I am pinning for a make soon recipe! Thanks for the idea! Yum yum yum!

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