I always say there hasn’t been a dessert made yet that’s too chocolatey for me. Well, I’ve decided to take my chocolate obsession to a new level. I mean, sure, you can have a chocolate bar for breakfast. I may or may not have had chocolate that early in the day. I’m not telling. 🙂 But you always feel a little guilty, don’t you? So how about we wrap that chocolate around some granola and call it breakfast? Guilt dissolved! 😀
It’s starting to get cooold around here, people. Seriously. Monday was supposed to be 57 and partly cloudy. Could have fooled me. I think it got cooler as the day went on. And it’s one of THOSE weeks. You know the ones I’m talking about. It’s supposed to be 61 today, and then a front comes in and it’s supposed to snow on Friday. 3-5 inches. Yikes! There’s never a gradual transition, is there? I always end up going from short sleeves to thick sweaters.
And the weather people on the local news are pretty much ready to declare the nice weather officially over for the year. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. They might as well be saying, “Pack it all in, folks. It’s over.” 🙂 This Saturday the low is going to be 18. Have I mentioned before that I’m ALWAYS cold? It’s going to be layers and layers until March.
I’ll never be able to reconcile the fact that Fall/Winter are my favorite times of the year, and yet I’m such a wimp in the cold. But I can’t help it. The cold months are the months of pretty lights, warm drinks, rich desserts, and scarves. Scarves!
So here’s a little stick-to-your-ribs wonderfulness. This granola will fill you up and heat you up a little bit, thanks to that cayenne pepper. I could write love poems about my affection for spicy hot chocolate and spicy mochas. And what could be better than having that flavor in granola form?
I mean, just think of the parfaits! And think about the monster cookies you could make with this granola. Wouldn’t it be yummy to substitute some monster cookie ad ins or oatmeal for this? Spicy and so delicious!
- ¾ cup honey
- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup ground flax
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a lined baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together honey, canola oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla, and cayenne pepper and stir until well combined.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well coated.
- Pour out evenly onto prepared sheet and bake for 30 minutes.