Some days, you wake up and feel as though you might die (yes, dramatic) and that the only thing you want is either salty and full of fat or made of chocolate and sugar (which will just turn into fat). I have these days too! But before you despair and either dive into a bag of sugar-death candies or cry in misery while eating organic spelt bread with healthy things on it, today I bring you hope! Hope for something lovely and comforting that you can put in a bowl (the only proper conveyance for comfort foods) and put whatever else you like on it (key criteria: customizable options) but that isn’t full of sugar and won’t make you feel worse after you eat it.
I give you: Chocolate Glory Granola! (yay!)
You can have it with non-dairy milk, or on coconut yogurt with fruit and honey, or you can eat it warm off the pan (because really, no one waits for it to cool off anyway).
I loathe things that claim to be chocolate but then when you try them are just mildly cocoa flavored but mostly taste like sawdust and pressed sand. (I’m looking at you ‘chocolate’ quinoa crispies). If I’m going to have a comfort food, I want it to be comforting. And not in the vein of me comforting myself with the thought that this food I’m eating is supposed to be good for me AND be comfort food.
It also meets other important criteria for comfort food when you don’t feel well:
- It doesn’t dirty every dish in your kitchen.
- It doesn’t need babysitting while it’s baking.
- It uses nice, easy to find, pronounceable ingredients.
- You feel better while making it
- You can eat it with a spoon
Chocolate Glory Granola!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
- 9 Medjool Dates (pitted)
- 4 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1/2 C Water
- 3/4 C Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
- 2 C Rolled Oats
- 3/4 C Golden Raisins
- 1/4 C Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 C Buckwheat Groats
- 1 tsp Sea Salt (just shy of 1 tsp)
- 11 tsp Cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/4 C Cacao nibs
- In a small saucepan, bring to a gentle simmer the dates, maple syrup and water. Cover, and gently simmer for 10 minutes, or until the dates are very soft. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- In a blender, combine the coconut oil, cacao nibs, cocoa powder and cooled date mixture and blend on low-speed until the dates are fully broken down and mixture becomes more smooth. (It won’t be perfectly smooth).
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the remainder of the ingredients and then mix in the blended date mixture thoroughly.
- Spread the granola onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated 275F oven for 30 minutes total (remove the pan at the 15 minute mark and mix it thoroughly so that it browns evenly, and then return to the oven for another 15 minutes).
- Tip: If you don’t have buckwheat groats, you can always substitute more raisins or cranberries, or add some sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
- Allow the granola to cool thoroughly in the pan and then store it in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 5 days.
- Serving suggestions: with coconut yogurt, raspberries and honey, or in a bowl with non-dairy milk and a little banana or peach. (Really, it goes with almost anything you like!)
What’s your favorite pick-me-up comfort food? Soup? Cereal? Carrot sticks? Let me know in the comments below!
I used some special honey on my granola, but you can use whatever kind you like! Just make sure it's real honey!
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Ok, take care and have a great day! Happy baking!
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