Rawnola! I have heard people rave about it but it just never sounded great to me. I don’t know about you but I like my granola sweet.
Like, really sweet.
I know that not all granola is good for you and the “healthy” granola at the store is normally cooked, full of preservatives and still has more sugar than I would put in if I was making it myself.
I know people make normal, aka not chocolate, rawnola and there are loads of recipes for it, but I decided to through in some cacao (not cocoa, cocoa is processed cacao is the purest form of chocolate and raw. It’s also a superfood!)
Like chocolate powders, not all oatmeal is created equal. Your best bet would be steel cut oats but if that’s not your cup of tea rolled oats will be fine. Avoid instant oats.
All oatmeal starts off as oat groats (which you wouldn’t use for this) and then are processed. Steel cut is right after oat groats, then rolled and all the way at the bottom and most processed is instant oats.
- 1.5 cup oats
- 14-18 dates (dry is fine, if they aren’t a little gooey in the middle soak them for no more that 1 minute in warm water)
- a child’s handful of almonds (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 2-4 tbs cacao depending on how chocolatey you want it
- 1 tps vanilla
- 1tbs cinnamon
- ~2 tbs water
- Place all ingredients in food processor or blender excluding water and pulse.
- If the recipe is too dry and doesn’t stick together when you pinch it, add water 1 tbs at a time. If it is too damp and stick on your hand instead of to itself, add in more oats
That’s it! It’s insanely easy to make and it perfect for topping smoothie bowls, with rice milk like cereal or just to much on by itself. You can roll it into balls for quick on the go snack or leave it just like this!