Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola

October 15, 2019 |

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#CHOCTOBERFEST continues and today, I'm sharing my CHOCOLATE CHERRY COCONUT GRANOLA! It's easy, healthy and loaded with two types of CHOCOLATE!!!

This post is sponsored by Divine Chocolate. I have received sample products for writing this post as a #Choctoberfest participant. All opinions and images are my very own.


Granola is a snack that is so easy to customize to whatever mood you're feeling and this CHOCOLATE CHERRY COCONUT GRANOLA is no different. We're smack dab in the middle of #choctoberfest week, so I thought it was about time I switched my gears into chocolate mode and incorporate my love of it into this healthy snack.



Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



About Divine Chocolate

For this recipe, I partnered with one of our #Choctoberfest Sponsors, Divine Chocolate and used two of their wonderful products - their Divine Semi-Sweet (55% cocoa) Chocolate Baking Bar and their Divine Cocoa Powder!

This is the second time Divine Chocolate has sponsored #choctoberfest and here are a few little fun facts about their products:

Divine Chocolate's baking line consists of three premium quality flavors ranging from 55% to 100% cocoa for a wide variety of delicious desserts. Their baking bars are fair-trade, non-GMO and Vegan Society Certified. The baking bars also have a an exquisite melting point because they are made with 100% pure cocoa butter (ah - YUM!). Plus, their baking line inspires joyful baking that yields premium quality desserts. That being said, it's easy to MAKE SOMETHING DIVINE with this brand!



Making Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola

Before preheating the oven, I like to get everything measured and prepped, this way, things go faster and smoother once you get started mixing.

Measure out all items respectively. When measuring the coconut oil, do so once it's melted as opposed to when it's in it's solid form. Give the cherries and the cashews a rough chop, just to get them easier to manage and munch on once it's all done. This way, we'll get a little bit of everything into each cluster. Talk about chocolate overload!

You'll also need to chop up the Divine Baking Bar into small chunks and then just set these delicious morsels aside as they won't be incorporated into the granola until the very end.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



In a measuring cup, combine the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla, stirring to mix well. Set aside.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, coconut, cherries, cashews and almonds. Mix well as shown below.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



After that, drizzle in half of the oil mixture and give the oats a good stir. Then, add remaining oil mixture and stir to make sure it's all distributed and coated evenly. Lastly, add egg white and again, stir well.

Once everything is mixed, go ahead and pour it all onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread evenly. Proceed with step #5 of the instructions.

After the third baking cycle, add half of the chopped chocolate, stir and then sprinkle the last of the chocolate chunks and return to oven for 5 more minutes. Once they're done, leave them undisturbed as indicated.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



When they've cooled, proceed to break the mixture apart. Using your hands works best but feel free to use a spatula or spoon if you'd like. You'll notice clusters and let those be…the egg whites are what helped them clump together like this and aren't they beautiful! Now just either devour it or package it as gifts as you wish as a means to share the love.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola



#Chocolate Cherry Coconut Granola

Divinely delicious and crunchy clusters of granola loaded with chocolate, cherries, coconut that'll satisfy any chocolate lover!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 cup Divine Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Dried Cherries, rough chopped
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 3/4 tsp Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (or Sea Salt)
  • 1 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Cashews, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil, melted then measured (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg White
  • 5.3 oz Divine Semi-Sweet Baking Bar (1 bar), rough chopped and divided

Directions:

  1. Measure out all ingredients. In a measuring cup, combine the melted coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup and stir well. Give the chocolate bar, cherries and cashews a rough chop. Set the chopped up chocolate aside until the end of baking.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet (or two smaller ones) with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients (oats, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, coconut, cherries, cashews and almonds) and stir well. Next, add half of the syrup/oil mixture and stir well. Add remaining half and mix until combined. Lastly, add egg white and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet. Using a silicone spatula, spread out evenly to fill pan, making one smooth layer.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and give it a good stir. Spread out evenly again and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and repeat once more. Bake for another 15 minutes. Turn oven off and remove pan. Immediately sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over granola. Give it a quick stir and smooth out evenly again. Pour remaining chocolate chunks on top and return to oven for 5 minutes. The residual heat in the oven should be just enough to softly melt the chocolate chunks. Remove from oven and let sit undisturbed for 30 minutes. If chocolate hasn't firmed up, place in fridge for 15-20 minutes or until set.
  6. Once set, gently break up and crumble with hands, leaving desired cluster sizes intact. Store in airtight containers or jars for up to 3 weeks, if it lasts that long.


And there you have it! Any Chocolate Lover's Snack…Chocolate Cherry Granola!

Are you a granola fan like us? If you have any favorite flavor combinations, let me know, I'd love to try them out!

Thanks for visiting, Cori xoxo

Cori - xoxo