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Granola is easier to make than people imagine. I was one of those people. I thought granola was super complicated and it’s not. If you have honey and oats in your house you are half way there. Here is a granola mix my daughter put together one morning. We didn’t have all the items she loves, like almonds or chocolate chips, but we had pecans, cocoa nibs and cocoa powder. Work with what you have and you’ll be surprise with the results. Enjoy this honey pecan and cocoa granola recipe or give it as a gift!

Honey Pecan & Cocoa Granola / easy base granola mix that can be a compliment to many other additions / recipe by Wanda Lopez / My Sweet Zepol #foodblogger

She enjoys her granola on a bowl with milk or as a treat over vanilla Greek yogurt. The next day I went and got her some chocolate chunks and that brightened her granola bowl. I like it with yogurt as well and a load of fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries or green apples. How do you enjoy granola mix? Maybe with more nuts as a trail mix?

Honey Pecan & Cocoa Granola / easy base granola mix that can be a compliment to many other additions / recipe by Wanda Lopez / My Sweet Zepol #foodblogger #granolamix

honey pecan cocoa granola in a mason jar

Honey Pecan & Cocoa Granola

Yield: 4.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

The perfect cocoa granola filled with honey pecans. A treat everyone will love as a treat or even a gift!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Nibs
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract, or Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

    Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until all ingredients are completely coated with the honey and coconut oil.


    Tip: This is a great job for kiddos to help with, incorporate your kids in the kitchen and you'll start noticing a higher appreciation for food and a sense of pride. They just made something with mamma (or daddy) in the kitchen!

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until granola is fragrant and golden brown.

    Gently stir about halfway through the cooking time.

    Let cool.

Notes

Store in airtight container. Store up to one week, but honestly it won't last that long.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 8g

Honey Pecan & Cocoa Granola / easy base granola mix that can be a compliment to many other additions / recipe by Wanda Lopez / My Sweet Zepol #foodblogger #granolamix

I like to make granola as often as possible to snack on. It makes me feel like I am making better snacking choices and taking care of my body. Specially before Summer peeks-in and bathing suit season arrives or during the Holidays when I want to wear a cute LBD and want to feel lean and fit. My weight is like a yoyo and I am working hard on it. Bringing my body to it’s healthiest weight and maintaining a good healthy habit (and meal plan) is a working progress in my life, but I’m getting better at it as time goes by.

Please share with me (us), what are your healthy (good) eating tips (habits)?

Recipe adapted by Aggie’s Kitchen, Honey Almond Flax Granola.