Believe it or not, this is one of my all time favorite recipes - particularly around the holiday season because it makes the best homemade gift! It is chocolatey and comforting, and when wrapped in a mason jar with a bow, it's a simple gift to treat friends and family with during the Holidays.
Better yet, you can make it your own by swapping out certain ingredients to use what you might already have in the cupboard, or ingredients you really love. For the nuts: swap for any of your favorite nuts, seeds, or dried coconut. For the dried fruit, I love using cherries, but you can use any dried fruit you'd like: cranberries, figs, raisins - or any mix you'd like. I also really love adding in cocoa nibs for an extra crunch with more chocolatey goodness. My suggestion in the kitchen is always to have fun with it!
With four options of Harvest Snacking Chocolate, how do you choose which one to use in this recipe? Here's a simple guide, then pick your own adventure. We used the Ghana variety in this recipe, but there's no wrong answer to this.
Guatemala: Flavor Profile - dark chocolate with bright fruity notes
Haiti: Flavor Profile - notes of jam and texture like chocolate pudding
Ecuador: Flavor Profile - a little bit nutty, with notes of cinnamon.
Ghana: Flavor Profile - rich + fudgy like an oreo cookie dipped in ganache.
2 cups Oats
1 cup Almonds, slightly chopped
1 cup Pecans, slightly chopped
1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Dried Cherries
5 oz Harvest Snacking Chocolate
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine the oats and nuts, set aside.
- In a pan over low heat, gently heat the butter, honey (or maple syrup) sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Heat just until melted and homogenous, stirring as needed.
- Pour this mixture over the oats and nuts and mix using a wooden spoon or spatula until the mixture is evenly coated.
- Spread this evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake 15 minutes, remove from the oven to give it a quick stir, then bake 15 more minutes. If you like your granola crunchy and toasty, feel free to bake an additional 5 minutes.
- Once removed from the oven, add the dried cherries while the granola is still warm.
- Allow the granola to cool completely , then toss the chopped chocolate in to the mix, stir to combine, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.