Just to clarify – @gramma_p is my Mum and she is a self proclaimed “grandmother trying to keep up with the times.”  She does a very good job!  You can follow her on Twitter here (and you can follow me here).  And this recipe is actually for granola not granita.  Sometimes she gets the names mixed up and I think it’s really cute!  This week my mum retired from working.  When I told my boss (who is a similar age) he was perplexed,  “What is she going to do now??”  Mum hasn’t got a lot planned but I think that is part of the plan.  She is going to enjoy leisure time.  She’ll travel when she wants to and she’ll read lots of books.  And knit.  And have coffee.  And get massages.  My brother and I have decided her two main jobs are going to be:

1) Keep the fire burning non-stop throughout winter

2) Keep us in constant supply of this tasty granola

Are we asking too much?  Only time (and Mum) will tell!

Healthy Chocolate Granola

@gramma_p’s Granola

1 cup oats

1 cup of shredded coconut (a quick word on this.  Please don’t buy McKenzie’s brand of shredded coconut.  It has 38g of sugar per 100g.  All other shredded coconut has less than 5g per 100g.  It’s an easy mistake to make!)

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 cup almonds (chopped)

1/2 cup hazelnuts (chopped)

1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs if you are trying to reduce sugar)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup cocoa (cacao) powder

3 tbsp rice syrup

1/2 tbsp vanilla essence

80 g melted coconut oil

Method: Heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Spoon onto a baking tray lines with baking paper.  Cook for about 20 minutes until golden brown and turn half way though the cooking time.  Let it get quite dark as it will become more crunchy.  After it’s cooked allow it to cool.  Then serve with yogurt, berries, ice cream, cream.  Whatever takes your fancy!

 

By the way – this is so healthy with Omega-3’s from the nuts, antioxidants from the dark chocolate and the cholesterol lowering benefits of oats.  And it’s low in sugar.  I have this every day at the moment (and if I’m honest it’s twice a day).  No wonder we need mum to keep us in constant supply!