Chocolate Crunch

Chocolate Crunch is the perfect combination of toasty oats, nuts and chocolate.

Afternoons-and-Coffeespoons Chocolate Crunch in Pan

Granola.  What do you think of when you hear granola?  Overly sweet oats and nuts that try to pass themselves off as a health food?  A snack food to bring on camping trips and long hikes to give you energy?

Granola has come a long way from the hippie food of the 1970’s.  Today it is mainstream and takes up major real estate in the breakfast food aisle. Mississippi Market, the natural foods co-op in my neighborhood, has bins upon bins of every flavor combination imaginable in their bulk food section.

Granola in Bowl

I was never a granola fan until I made Chocolate Crunch. Marketers try to pass granola off as a health food, but one look at the ingredient list on a package of granola will prove otherwise. There have been great improvements in recent years in being able to find healthier granola options. But I still prefer to make my own.

I have tried other granola recipes but this is the one I keep coming back to.  It has the perfect combination of chewy, crunchy, nutty, sweet and tart. I would not call this a health food by any means, but given the other choices available, it is healthier than most, and you have control of how sweet to make it and know exactly what is in it.  And I will take chocolate for breakfast any way I can get it.  🙂

Afternoons-and-Coffeespoons Chocolate Crunch in Pan

It tastes great as a mix in with yogurt.   I always like to leave some big clusters to nibble on as a snack.  And you will  have a hard time not nibbling as it cools in the pan.  I keep sneaking more bites.  It is totally irresistible.  And all mine.  🙂  I have not been able to convince Professor Plum or Miss Scarlet of the goodness that Chocolate Crunch is.  They haven’t expanded their palate beyond the Pecan Praline granola from Trader Joe’s.  If anyone has a copy cat version of this recipe, please share.  I would love to be able to make a homemade version for them.

Whatever your granola consumption preference is;  if you are looking for something a little bit decadent, a little bit healthy and a whole lot of delicious, Chocolate Crunch is calling your name.

[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]Now it’s your turn.  What is your favorite way to eat granola? 

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