I LOVE granola! I eat it almost everyday. You can have it by itself, as cereal, in yogurt, on oatmeal, and so many other ways! My personal favorite granola is Aldi’s Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Granola. I could go through a bag in just a few days on my own. Since I love their salty and chocolate blend, I decided to replicate it! Saves money and it’s easy to make!
How to Make Granola at Home
Granola can be made super simple or you can dress it up with a bunch of fixings! I like adding a lot of nuts and seed for extra crunch and texture. You essentially have your dry and wet ingredients. If you’re making a simple granola all you need for wet ingredients are oil and a sweetner like honey. Dry ingredients for simple granola are just oats and other things you want to add like spices, nuts or seeds.
Ideas for Dressing up your Granola
Here is a list of way to add more flavor, texture and crunch to that granola!
- Wheat Germ
- Dried Fruit
- Coconut Flakes
- Cacao Powder
- Peanut butter (added to the wet ingredients)
- Vanilla or almond extract (added to the wet ingredients)
- Chia or Flax Seed
- Seeds: Sunflower, Sesame, Pumpkin ect.
- Nuts: Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts ect.
- Spices: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg ect.
Making Homemade Granola
Step 1: Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl and your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Step 2: Mix them together!
Step 3: Press granola onto a baking pan and bake for 20-25 mins at 350 degrees or until they are toasted to your liking 🙂
Step 4: Let granola cool to room temperature before adding chocolate chips, dried fruit or other add ins.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Granola
My version of Aldi’s Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Granola includes cacao powder, oats, salt, pecans, chia seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract, honey, and olive oil.
A Few Notes: I personally am a lover of chia seeds, so I have a 1/2 cup of it in the whole batch. If you are not a person who love seeds, I recommend cutting the chias to a 1/4 cup. For oil, you can use whatever you like such as vegetable oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil ect. Sweetener could be other options like maple syrup. The 1 tsp of salt in the granola is enough to notice after baking, but adding a few hunks of coarse sea salt is a nice touch if you’re going for aesthetics 🙂 Chocolate chip wise, I think they are super chocolaty without the chips, but add them if you want!
My favorite way to enjoy this dark chocolate and sea salt granola is by having it as cereal. The milk gets chocolaty from the cocao powder, and it’s soooo good! Tell me below your favorite way to eat granola!
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup pecans chopped or sliced
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup cocao powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- chocolate chips (optional – for decoration)
- coarse sea salt (optional – for decoration)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients (oats, pecans, wheat germ, chia seeds, sesame seeds, cacao powder, salt and cinnamon).
- Mix wet ingredients (olive oil, honey and vanilla extract) in a separate bowl.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spray a baking pan with oil and spread the granola mixture on the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 mins or until toasted to liking.
- After baking, allow granola to cool down to room temperature.
- Break apart the granola, add chocolate chips and coarse salt if you want and enjoy!
- I love chia seeds, so there’s a 1/2 cup in this recipe. If you aren’t a big fan of seeds, cut the chias to 1/4 cup.
- For oil, you can use other options as well such as avocado, vegetable or sunflower oil ect.
- You could also substitute the honey for other sweetener options like maple syrup.
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