Nutty Buckwheat Cocoa Granola
It’s hard to find the perfect granola. Many storebought versions either have tons of sugar or contain some ingredients that you may dislike. If you seem to have found a great mixture, disappointment may arise after looking at the price tag. Very good granolas with no added or just natural sugar, with lots of nuts and superfoods often cost between 5 to 15€ per bag. That is quite a lot if you have a big consumption of granola (like me 🙂 ).
Starting as quite a similar story to almond butter, I thought “Why not try making my own?”
No sooner said than done. I scrolled through my favourite food blogs for inspiration. I already had some ideas what my favourite granola would consist of, I was just unsure about the proportions of dry (oats, nuts, seeds) and wet (coconut oil, sweetener) ingredients.
I came across a recipe on the fabulous blog carrotsforclaire.com and when I read chocolate, buckwheat and nuts I knew it must be a winner! Consequently my version is inspired by the amazing Veronika. She has lots of healthy and delicious recipes on her blog. If you speak German, you should definitely check her out!
What I love most about this granola is the buckwheat which gives it a great crunch when roasted. Cocoa creates the delicious chocolate flavour and maple syrup gives it a hint of caramellike sweetness. I personally got very sensitive with sugar and do not like anything too sweet anymore. Therefore I recommend tasting the granola before roasting to check if it is sweet enough for you.
Granola counts to my basics that I always have on hand and cosume mostly every day. I have it on top of (coconut) yogurt with fruits, sprinkle some on my overnight oats/porridge/smoothie bowls and often have it pure as a snack.
As I am making granola for some time now, a bit of variation is nice every now and then. You can easily switch the sort of nuts, spices and seeds for a change. More recipes will follow soon.
I would love to hear how you like it!
- 150g mixed nuts*
- 200g buckwheat
- 300g rolled oats
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tbs cocoa powder (depending on how intense you like the chocolate flavour)
- 80g coconut oil
- 6 tbs maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 170 degrees.
- If you have big nuts (like brazil nuts) coarsley chop them.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Let the coconut oil melt in a pot on low temperatur. Add in maple syrup and mix into your dry ingredients.
- Line two baking trays with parchment paper, divide the granola between those and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
- Give it a stirr and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn.
- Let it cool and store in airtight containers for at least 4 weeks.
- * feel free to use any nuts you like. Just one sort is also fine. I mostly have a mix or just almonds.