Chocolate for Breakfast… Say what?!

Can you think of anything better than an honest to goodness legitimate excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast?

Except maybe getting a package in the mail…

Ooh – how about a package with chocolate that you can eat for breakfast completely guilt free?

Imagine my surprise when I received just such a box in the mail! Okay, so it wasn’t really a surprise because I knew it was coming. But it was still really fun.

A few months ago, I made some English Toffee to donate to Becky’s online bake sale to raise money for Relay for Life over at Cooking and Baking, A Tales of Two Loves. But it kind of felt like cheating because it wasn’t really hard, and I had all the ingredients in my pantry already.

I wanted to bid as well, but there were so many unbelievable choices it was hard to decide which delectable treat I really wanted the most. My eyes landed on this Chocolate Granola from Katerina over at Diethood. Because seriously, who doesn’t love breakfast with chocolate?! Except maybe crazy people, but they don’t count…

I may have eaten the entire jar sitting at my desk within two days. Although I might be trying hard to remember it as two so that I don’t have to confess that I really ate it all in one…

Anywho, it’s packed full of not only chocolatey goodness, but oats, wheat germ, nuts, and dried fruit. Perfect for breakfast or a nice healthy snack throughout during the day.

Chocolate Granola

Ingredients

3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ Dutch processed cocoa powder

½ c. sliced almonds

½ c. walnuts, chopped

2 tbs. wheat germ

¼ tsp. salt

3 tbs. butter

3 tbs. canola or vegetable oil

½ c. honey

2 tbs. light brown sugar

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. dried fruits (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, almonds, walnuts, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine butter, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until butter and sugar is melted.

Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all the ingredients are coated.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a thin layer, and bake 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is light golden brown and the nuts are toasted.

Cool completely, breaking up the clumps as it cools. Once it is ALL THE WAY cool, store in an airtight container. Will keep several weeks.

*Notes

Recipe adapted slightly from Diethood

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Comments

  1. 1

    Chocolate for breakfast sounds good to me.

  2. 2

    Delicious! I love chocolate any time of the day – but not the guilt associated with it! Thanks for sharing this one! (Following you on Google Follower!) :o)

  3. 3

    Best.Granola.Ever. :) I loooove this stuff! And I am so glad that you love it, too. :)
    Thank you for the shout out, Jen!

  4. 5

    This is a tasty snack indeed! Great ingredients, lovely flavor and very addictive. I am craving a taste of this chocolatey goodness now!

  5. 6

    I am all for ANY excuse to indulge! Kate’s is one of my favorite places to find good stuff.

  6. 7

    I actually can’t think of anything better than chocolate for breakfast… and now I’m wondering why on earth I haven’t thought of this before.

  7. 8

    Love the title! hahaha…I am so down for this! :)

  8. 9

    I heart chocolate cereal! I would LOVE this chocolate granola! :D

  9. 10

    Looks super yummy. I might actually eat breakfast if this is on the table.

  10. 11

    Great way to start the day!

  11. 12

    Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner right? Sounds good to me!

  12. 13

    What a delicious breakfast treat!

  13. 14

    i’m glad i’m not a crazy person and that i like chocolate any time of the day because this looks and sounds fantastic! putting this on my to do list soon!

  14. 15

    Chocolate anytime! Plus I love all the other stuff in this granola too! Great recipe!

  15. 16

    I love granola…. and I would think that even loaded with chocolate it’s totally guilt free. I can justify all sorts of stuff though so I may not be the person to ask. :)

  16. 17

    Ohhh I’d use any kind of excuse to eat chocolate. I’ve been eating way too much that I now only allow myself to eat “good” quality chocolate…(since I once in a while receive or buy good chocolate, and definitely not all the time). I love these Chocolate Granola. It’s a legitimate reason next to chocolate cereals. ;-)

  17. 18

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  18. 19

    This granola sounds delicious. I have some wheat germ sitting in my pantry and this would be a tasty way to use some of it. I bet this would be great over ice cream or frozen yogurt.

  19. 20

    That’s a perfectly healthy and satisfying breakfast!

  20. 21

    That definitely sounds like a great breakfast! And lucky you to get some in the mail from Kate, herself =)

  21. 22

    Oh you lucky duck! That granola looks awesome. I think Kate should go into business….it looks THAT good! Enjoy!

  22. 23

    I wish my dietitian allowed me to have a similar breakfast…! It look yummy!

  23. 24

    We say, “Delicious!!!”

  24. 25

    I love chocolate for breakfast or for that matter any meal, oh let me be honest. I LOVE CHOCOLATE and this way, it is healthy!! We heard on the news the other day, that 2 servings of chocolate a week is really good for women. I am insisting we heard it wrong and they said 2 serving a DAY is good for you, my husband is arguing that :)

  25. 26

    Actually this would also be great in like a breakfast parfait. With yogurt and fruit. Thanks for sharing.

  26. 27

    Lucky you!! I’m all about any reason to eat chocolate for breakfast! Your granola recipe sounds wonderful!

  27. 28

    You had me at “chocolate.” ;)
    I love granola almost any kind of way. and what a treat for breakfast!

    –shelley

  28. 29

    I love the idea of making your own granola! Never done it myself but now I know it can be done with chocolate, who wouldn’t?

  29. 30

    Chocolate for breakfast sounds like my kinda breakfast :) I love granola. Looks delicious!

  30. 31

    We’ve been on a bit of a granola kick lately and Liv and all of her friends are loving all different sorts of flavors. I haven’t made them chocolate yet though!

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