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Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola

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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!

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(From a Mexican hot chocolate granola recipe on The Lemon Bowl)

Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a lined baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together honey, canola oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla, and cayenne pepper and stir until well combined.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well coated.
  4. Pour out evenly onto prepared sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

 

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  • Sues November 15, 2016, 3:42 pm

    I have a very special place in my heart for Mexican hot chocolate, so I am all about this! Especially perfect for when I want my morning coffee, but am craving hot chocolate, too! And ugh, I hear you on the weather. It’s been in the 50s and low 60s during the day all week here in Boston (which is amazing for November!), but it in the 30s every morning and I can tell things are going to get really bad, really fast. Boo!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry November 15, 2016, 5:00 pm

    This is the kind of granola I would want to put on everything and anything!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:58 pm

      Thank you, Nicole!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice November 16, 2016, 6:06 am

    Chocolate for breakfast is the best kind! Especially when it’s in granola form. This mexican hot chocolate version looks amazing, Amanda! I’ve never made a chocolate granola before, so this sounds perfect. Yay for chocolate! 🙂

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:59 pm

      I hope you like it if you try it. Thanks, Gayle!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary November 16, 2016, 3:20 pm

    I’m a wimp in the cold too! Like, I LOVE it, but I’m a wimp. 😉 I’m obsessed with homemade granola and this one looks crazy delicious! I HAVE to make this for the hubster who is chocolate obsessed! Cheers!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Cheyanne!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks November 18, 2016, 6:52 am

    OH YES. That is what I say to this granola any time of year, but especially in holiday season. Yay you!!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Kate!

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