January 1, 2013

Mocha {or Just Coffee} Granola



Before we get into this yummy Mocha Granola, I'd like to put first things first and say ... happy new year, everybody!  I hope that 2013 brings you a year full of health and happiness.

And now, can I just tell you how much of this granola I make every week?  A triple batch.  That's about 15 cups.  15 cups!  That's a lot of granola.  Why do I make so much, you ask? ...
... Well, because it's the hubby's absolute favorite.  Absolute favorite breakfast.  Absolute favorite snack.  Absolute favorite dessert.  Yes, he even eats a big ol' bowl full as his dessert.  When my husband decides he likes something, let me just say, he eats it a lot.

He and I do, however, have a difference of opinion when it comes to this granola.

See, I like it {Mocha} ... with chocolate.  Mini chocolate chips, to be exact.  I mean seriously, everything's better with chocolate right?  

Well, not according to the hubby.  He likes it {Just Coffee}.  No chocolate involved.  That's just one place where he and I have to agree to disagree.

So given that I make about 15 cups of this stuff every week, I'm really glad it's so easy to make.  And I think homemade granola is so much better than the store-bought stuff, especially since you can totally tweak the ingredients to be the combination you want.

For this version,  just mix up some old-fashioned oats with slivered almonds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and coconut ... or whatever add-ins you want.  (Remember?  That's the beauty of homemade granola!)  The sweet of the coconut is super delicious with the flavor of the coffee in this granola ... kinda like putting a spoonful of sugar in your coffee cup.

When making granola, I like to use a big spatula to stir my ingredients ... I think it works way easier than a spoon does to mix everything together.


Then dissolve some dry instant coffee granules in a bit of hot water, and add a touch of vanilla extract.


Once the coffee granules are dissolved, combine the coffee mixture with canola oil and pour it in with the oat mixture.


Next you'll add some honey, stir everything all together real well, and then spread the granola out on parchment-lined baking sheets.  The parchment is important ... it'll make your clean-up much easier.  If you don't have parchment, line the pans with aluminum foil and spray the foil lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake the granola up for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.


Now, if you're making my hubby's {Just Coffee} version ... stop there.  See?  No chocolate!



If you're making my {Mocha} version ... add in a little of the most delectable food there is on Earth - CHOCOLATE!  Mmmmmmm.  Chocolate chips.

And then enjoy.  For breakfast.  For snack.  Or, in hubby's case, even for dessert.

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Mocha {or Just Coffee} Granola
Source:  A Tracey original

Ingredients
  • 3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. wheat germ
  • 1/2 c. coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 T. dry instant coffee granules
  • 3 T. hot water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips (omit if making the {just coffee} version)

Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, coconut, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and salt.
  2. Combine dry instant coffee granules, hot water, and vanilla; stir to dissolve the coffee granules.
  3. Measure the canola oil in a measuring cup; add the coffee mixture and stir to combine. Pour the oil and coffee mixture over the oat mixture; mix together until oats are evenly coated.
  4. Pour in the honey and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Spread granola mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely. Stir in mini chocolate chips if you're making the {mocha} version. Store tightly covered.
Enjoy!


24 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this looks awesome! I love granola, and I can't wait to try this version.

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  2. Oh, me- oh, my. That looks and sounds just amazing. I love granola. I love coffee. And of course, I love chocolate. I know which one I'll be making. Sorry, Mark! ;)

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  3. Your granola looks and sounds amazing! I never thought of adding coffee to granola, but I'm going to try. My hubby would like the chocolate, but I'll leave it out for the calorie conscious. thank you for stopping by my log, and your sweet comment.

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  4. I found this recipe on Facebook and on Pinterest and I am so excited to try it! I love granola and have several recipes on my blog. http://mywholefoodlife.com I never thought to add coffee though. Thanks for the idea and recipe! I will be making this soon.

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  5. For the coconut do you use unsweetened or sweetened? Thanks =)

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    1. I use sweetened ... but either would be great. For me, sweetened is just easier to get in my local grocery stores. But you'd still get the wonderful coconut flavor with the unsweetened, and cut out that sugar.
      Enjoy!

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    2. Thanks for bringing that question up ... I'll clarify this in the recipe.

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  6. I've wanted to make granola for awhile. This recipe will be on my list of ones to try. Now following on G+ visiting from the hop. I am @ DearCreatives.com

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  7. Coffee and Granola, I can't wait to try this recipe, we will love it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. This looks like heaven for breakfast!! I love this and I'm trying it asap :)

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  9. I have been wanting granola forever! Totally making, WITH chocolate. :) Happy New Year!

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    1. Obviously I agree, Dorothy! ... WITH chocolate!!!! Silly, silly hubby of mine.

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  10. Yum! My current favorite granola has (in addition to the regular goodies) peppermint extract, cacao nibs, cranberries.

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    1. Wow, that sounds yummy, Jen! May have to try making some granola with that combination.

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  11. Yummy - caffeine with a little fiber has GOT to be good for you, right?

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  12. Love this granola! Can't wait to feature it on the One Creative Weekend party at www.lemonsforlulu.com!

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  13. This looks so yummy! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing last week, we can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend,
    Mackenzie :)

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  14. OH WOW. I found this on pinterest.I'm so glad I did. My brother and I (he's 17, I'm 19) are in love with this. Hopefully when my mom and dad get home they wont steal it all. I decided to triple the recipe, just because it looked good. Here's to wishing that I would have made 20 pounds of this... It's that good.

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