Paleo Chocolate Granola with Dried Berries
A few months ago, after a long-travel day to my sister’s, I was thumbing through the pantry for a snack when I came across a box of granola from Whole Foods called Love Crunch. It was chocolate and had little dark chocolate chunks and dried berries in it. I think I visited that cupboard ten times that night and ate every last crumb of that box of cereal.
While that granola isn’t completely unhealthy, it does have oats, rice, and a few other sweeteners in it that I try to avoid. I loved it too much to just let it go though, so here is my rendition. My friend who is also grain-free tasted it and told me I should name it Love Crack because of how addicting it is. I thought it fitting to share it with you in honor of this special day approaching that we celebrate love …. and our addiction to chocolate.
- ½ cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon golden flax seeds (omit for SCD)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup honey, melted
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao
- 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus 1 teaspoon for soaking water)
- ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (Enjoy Life is allergy free, or use homemade to avoid refined sugar)
- ½ cup freeze dried strawberries
- Soak all of the nuts in enough water to cover them and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover, and soak overnight, changing out the water one time. Soak the sunflower seeds in a separate bowl, following the same procedure as above.
- Drain the nuts and seeds and place on a paper towel to absorb the remaining water. Keep half of the sunflower seeds separate.
- Place all of the nuts and half of the sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Grind them until they resemble the size of oats.
- Melt the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and cacao over medium heat until the cacao has dissolved.
- Add in the coconut oil mixture, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse until combined.
- Next, add the last half of the sunflower seeds and the flax seeds and pulse once or twice, until they are roughly chopped and mixed into the nut mixture.
- Remove the blade, then mix in the shredded coconut with a spoon. Turn the mixture out onto 3 parchment covered dehydrator trays. Spread it evenly into a thin layer.
- Dehydrate on 120 degrees for 24 hours, turning twice. The granola may feel a little sticky and wet when you first remove it, but will crisp up after cooling.
- Once cooled, stir in the chocolate and strawberries, and store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
Dehydrating is my preferred method for making this granola, but you could probably bake the granola in your oven at it’s lowest setting for 2-3 hours, or until completely dried and free of all moisture. If you do, please come back and share in the comments how it turned out!