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Dark Chocolate Granola @AutumnPTW

Hello there,

Looks can be deceiving.  In just a few minutes you can make crunchy munchy nutty dark chocolate granola at home, and yes, it tastes better than store-bought.  If the ingredients look healthy and sound healthy…it must be healthy…right?! Nope, healthy is more than just a blanket statement tacked onto the title of a recipe.

dark chocolate granola recipe

Healthy can mean different things to different people.  To some, it can mean low-fat, low-calorie or low-carb.  Some think it means natural ingredients, organic, highly nutritious, heart healthy or good for digestion.  It also could mean, a healthier option, high protein, low sugar, low salt or gluten-free.  Hey, it’s all good, depending on which “healthy” you’re looking for these days.

dark chocolate granola recipe

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First you should know.  I discovered that this recipe is NOT healthy {in a nutritional sense}. Honestly, judging by the ingredients, I wasn’t really surprised when I put the recipe numbers into the free online calculator. Turns out, its kinda sorta fattening. However, it does taste really g-o-o-d and its dangerously addictive, hence the action plan that follows later. 

dark chocolate granola recipe

Cashew Almond Coconut Granola

Dark Chocolate Granola Recipe

Crunch On This Granola Recipe

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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dark chocolate granola recipe

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 1/4 cup Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Toss the oats, almonds, cashews, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium heat-proof bowl, microwave the maple syrup, coconut oil together for about 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and using a fork or rubber spatula, stir until everything is melted together and smooth. Allow to cool down for about 5 minutes (you don’t want to cook the egg white!). Once slightly cooled, whisk in the egg white and vanilla. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
  3. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture.
  4. Once cooled, toss in the dried cranberries, shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Granola remains fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.



dark chocolate granola recipe

Have it your way, but don’t go crazy

By the way, here is the nutritional info for my “Crunch On This Granola” (based on 10 servings per batch) – not too bad as far as calories go, but it got a D+ grade in nutritional content.

Don’t oats, nuts, egg white and cranberries count for something nutritious? Maybe I don’t really want to know this information after all….. 🙂

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3/4 cup 84 g
Calories  311
Calories from Fat  144 % Daily Value
Total Fat  16.0g  25% dv
Saturated Fat  8.7g  44% dv
Trans Fat  0.0g
Cholesterol  2mg  1% dv
Sodium  23mg  1% dv
Potassium  263mg  8% dv
Total Carbohydrates 37.1g  12% dv
Dietary Fiber  4.2g  17% dv
Sugars  15.2g
Protein  6.2g
Vitamin A 1%Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 5%Iron 15%
Nutrition Grade D+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet


Your Action Plan:  Go ahead and try it, making homemade granola is super simple. But don’t go cray, it’s healthy in disguise and a hidden calorie trap, each small serving packs up to 311 calories!  For those looking to manage weight, be wary of reckless munching. Be careful not to venture into mindless snacking it becomes easy to eat multiple servings in one sitting racking up closer to 600-800 calories!  Yikes!

So there you have it.

How do you define “healthy”?

How often do you include the Nutritional Facts with recipes you share online?

If someone says their recipe is “healthy”, do you take their word for it?




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