The Be Well Recipe: Grain-Free Cocoa Granola

Pair this granola goodness with any fruit you have on hand, like blueberries, bananas, or strawberries. Add some almond milk or coconut yogurt, and you’ve got a breakfast that will take your morning from good to great.

Grain-Free Cocoa Granola
Serves: Makes 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional:
  • 1 egg white (to make granola extra clumpy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine coconut flakes, chopped almonds, pepitas and flax seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt coconut oil. Add cinnamon and vanilla. Stir, then pour over dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula or large wooden spoon.
  4. Add cacao powder and mix again until granola is well-coated with the cacao. For clumpier granola, add one egg white and stir (optional).
  5. Spread granola on baking sheet in a flat single layer. (Tip: If you prefer clusters, keep the mixture condensed in the center of the pan, touching.)
  6. Bake for 35 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle cacao nibs and a pinch of sea salt over top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until granola is toasted and dry.
  8. Allow the granola to cool at room temperature for one hour.
  9. To store, use parchment paper to funnel granola into a mason jar. Tighten lid and store in cupboard. To serve, add yogurt or milk and combine with fresh fruit.

Alison Marras is a New York City based Holistic Health Coach, Recipe Developer & Food Photographer over at foodbymars.com where she whips up a healthy and delicious recipe each week. Her recipes are all gluten-free, clean and predominantly paleo (grain-free, dairy-free) with an emphasis on wholesome and seasonal ingredients. Living with Hashimoto's Autoimmune disease, Alison began her food blog after realizing the importance of food as medicine in helping her heal and in keeping symptoms under control. She combined her love of cooking with her health journey in creating recipes everyone can enjoy! She's been featured in publications such as: GFF Magazine, The Feed Feed, The Wellness Mercantile, bewell.com (by Dr. Frank Lipman) and wellandgood.com.