Heavenly cacao, I’ll use any excuse to have this delicious superfood in my breakfast. This cacao puff granola has a chocolatey crunch and will leave you feeling satisfied and content.
I’m not going to lie, as a kid I loved coco pops, and looking back this is most likely attributed to the high sugar content of this shocking breakfast cereal. Unfortunately there are still so many kids (and big kids) who eat coco pops for breakfast, so I wanted to create a nutritious version that is super simple to make and tastes even better! Seriously though, take out the sugar and add in wholesome ingredients, and you’ve got a healthy coco pops alternative that tastes better than the nutritionally void original. Get preheating that oven and give this beauty a go.
It’s no secret that I’m a lover of all things chocolate flavoured, but its made all the better when you take into account all of the amazing benefits of raw cacao. I wrote a little bit more about these in another recipe over here, but to recap this nutritious ingredient is known to have mood boosting effect, is a great antioxidant and is high in important minerals.
Cacao Puff Granola
Gluten Free, Nut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan
- 3 cups rice puffs
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup linseed
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 3 tbsps coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (e.g. rice malt syrup, raw honey, maple syrup)
- Preheat a fan forced oven to 150 degrees Celsius
- Combine the rice puffs, coconut, sunflower seeds and linseed in a large bowl.
- Add the melted coconut oil and liquid sweetener, and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread the mixture out, utilising the whole tray.
- Place in the oven and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and give the granola a good mix before returning it to the oven.
- Allow to cook for another 10 minutes before removing it from the oven and leaving to cool.
And you’re done, transfer this tasty granola into an airtight container and pop it into your pantry so you can easily grab it for breakfast.
Serving suggestion: I love this granola with coconut yogurt and banana, it maintains its delicious crunch and enhances the flavour. It doesn’t have to be coconut yogurt though, greek yogurt is another great option, just make sure there isn’t any added sugar in the ingredients list (same goes for the coconut yogurt). Other serving ideas include your choice of milk (almond, rice, oat, coconut etc.) and any fruits that take your fancy; berries are another one that work great with the flavours of this granola. It also makes a great snack, as it is, or can be used as an addition to smoothies and smoothie bowls.
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