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Recipe: Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

Course Snacks
Author Donielle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1.5 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1.5 cups peanuts
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • for best nutrition, and ease in digestion, soak and dehydrate all nuts and seeds
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried coconut
  • 1.5 cups dried cranberries
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan and add in honey, sucanat, vanilla, and salt.
  • While the sugar mixture is simmering (the longer you boil, the harder the bars) chop all nuts and seeds in a food processor, leaving them in large chunks.
  • Add in cocoa and coconut.
  • Pulse until well combined.
  • Pour into a large bowl and stir in cranberries.
  • Once the sugar mixture has boiled to your liking (a few minutes for softer bars, a few minutes more for crunchy bars or loose granola) pour over the nuts and seeds.
  • Stir to combine.
  • For bars, press into a greased 9×13 pan, let cool , then cut.
  • For granola, increase the seeds and nuts by 1 cup, spread loosely over 2 large pans and allow to cool. Break and place into a storage container.
  • *The types of nuts used can also vary based on your own personal tastes as well as what you have in your cupboard!

Notes

This is quite a sweet snack, so consume in moderation and include more nuts and seeds to reduce the overall sweetness. (this works for the granola, not for the bars)