Chocolate Crunch Dessert Granola

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Deep into Reno-cation week, the idea of this dessert granola came to me. I was sore, I was weak, and I was needing a major pick-me-up at the end of a long day of painting intricate wood trim.

Chocolate sounded like the answer.

Eric said it was my best idea all week.

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I dreamed of crunchy and clumpy, warm, chocolaty granola cascading over the top of a bowl of cold Banana Soft Serve. It was just the thing to give me hope that renos would some day come to an end.

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Because when you’ve been wearing red plaid PJ’s and clogs for a week straight, hope is all you have!

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Luckily for me (and my sore arms!), this recipe was quick and easy. It only takes 5 minutes to throw this together and pop it into the oven.

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The most important ingredient to your dessert granola:

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You know the drill by now…mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix the wet (heat up in microwave), and then add wet to dry and stir well.

Add in chocolate chips…

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Spread onto your prepared baking sheet.

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Bake for 23-25 minutes at 325F, flipping once half way through. Cool for 30 minutes (if you can!)

This is what I’m talking about!

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The result is a super clumpy and chocolaty dessert granola….without being too sweet.

I served some granola warm over Banana Soft Serve and it was to die for! It is also really good on cereal and VOO.

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As for those renos, we did 3 coats of paint yesterday and also installed the wainscoting. The room is looking awesome! We now have to paint the wainscoting and finish up a few details. I’m going to wait to show you the rest of the pictures until we are done! It will be a fairly dramatic before and after, I’m hoping… :)

I also have an 11-mile long training run to tackle today…after skipping a few workouts for renos. Something tells me this isn’t going to be easy!

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Kristina @ spabettie February 28, 2011

this looks fabulous – warm granola with melty chocolate? yes please! I can’t wait to see the finished project!! :D

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Ashley February 28, 2011

Wow…good luck with the long run!!! Love the looks of the granola and your hot reno outfit!

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Allison @ Food For Healing February 28, 2011

chocolatey goodness, oh my.

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VeggieGirl February 28, 2011

Oh Angela, this is FABULOUS!!!

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Amanda (Eating Up) February 28, 2011

That looks like a perfect reno treat!

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 28, 2011

Yum! What a great idea to have it with the banana soft serve too. That stuff is good.

I hate renovations. Hope the light at the end of the tunnel is getting very close for you guys.

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carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream February 28, 2011

OMG that looks good… granola harnessed for the power of evil!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty February 28, 2011

I love having granola for dessert! I bet it is amazing with banana soft serve!! I think I might add pieces of dried cherries to my granola. I just love cherries and chocolate :)

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Runeatrepeat February 28, 2011

I’m a huge fan of any recipe that includes chocolate chips :) Looks delicious!

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Lizzie February 28, 2011

I have a 10-miler this week – eeeep! :) Slow and steady .. . that’s all you need to ask of yourself. Hope you’re able to do it outside! T-mill long runs are brutal!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2011

slow and steady…I love that! I think I need to start reducing the speed of my long runs.

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Lizzie February 28, 2011

I used to speed through mine and then wonder why I was exhausted after 8!! I guess they’re supposed to be slow (though on the shorter ones I do find myself competing against whatever pace/time I had at that last distance – it’s hard not to do!!).

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Caitie @ The Caitie Experiment March 1, 2011

I have that exact same problem, especially since I took a break from running for awhile and am just now getting back to the 5k-ish distances. I start out at a slower pace and end up sprinting the last few laps to “beat my times”, even though I know I should give my legs a break on those days! Good luck on the 10-miler!

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Lizzie March 1, 2011

Ta muchly – hopefully it will be outside!!

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 28, 2011

Wow, this does look delicious. Good luck on your training run!

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Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 28, 2011

Have fun on your run today!

I love wainscoting and I’m sure it looks beautiful!

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Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 28, 2011

Looks delicious! Your plaid pants are hysterical. WOW!

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious February 28, 2011

I think this might be your best granola yet! I am in the midst of a cleanse, but if I get gluten-free oats and a good really dark chocolate, I think I can have this …. it looks especially awesome over banana soft serve – great idea!!

Can’t wait to see the unveiling of your room – I love dramatic and bold!!

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 28, 2011

Chocolate granola is one my my favorites! Love how the chocolate melts and coats all the other good stuff so you get a bite of chocolate with every spoonful!

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Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-Free Vegan February 28, 2011

yummy! i just picked up some buckwheat and can’t wait to make some granola. Love the addition of chocolate chips :)

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Karen February 28, 2011

I was wondering if you know of a good substitute for brown rice syrup? Could I use maple syrup? Or would I need something thicker like corn syrup?

Thanks! Can’t wait to try it:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2011

Another liquid sweetener would work too, although I like BRS because it gives it that nice clumpy factor :)

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 28, 2011

Hey Karen I saw your comment above mine, so thought I’d comment – I have a hard time with sugars, so I use date paste to replace sugar in granola recipes and it’s always worked great for me. You could try 1/4 cup chopped dates soaked in 3 tbsp water for 5 minutes, then mash into a paste and add it as a replacement for the brown rice syrup. Good luck :)

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Jenna February 28, 2011

This is a wonderful idea Leanne! I’m gonna give it a go! :)

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Jen February 28, 2011

OMG. I cannot wait to go home and make some of that! Thanks!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 28, 2011

The first word that came to mind when I saw this recipe was: Deadly. Holy moly I don’t know if I could control myself by not eating the entire batch in one sitting.

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Gen February 28, 2011

That looks sooo good! PB + Chocolate= Heaven! =D I also happen to have homemade caramel dip…..so I might be making a banana soft serve/granola/caramel bowl of yum tonight! =D

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Jenny February 28, 2011

Just what I’ve been waiting for, I might try and add in the homemade choco-chunks:)

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) February 28, 2011

this is dangerous! granola doesn’t last long around me :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 28, 2011

Oooh yum this looks awesome! Here’s the deal: I’ll sit home and eat some dessert granola, and you head out for the run, mmkay? ;) Have a good one Ange!

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Alaina February 28, 2011

Oh that looks heavenly on a cold, rainy day like today. :-)

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 28, 2011

Good luck on the training run! Sometimes my very best runs come when I think I’ve taken just a few days too many off between runs :)

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 28, 2011

all granola tastes like dessert to me — this one looks extra delish though! =)

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Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 28, 2011

YUM! I am such a fan of granola (if you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog!). This looks delightful!

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PB Addict February 28, 2011

I just came in from cleaning the snow off my car and warm chocolate granola sounds like heaven right now.

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Siobhan @ sio 'n the run February 28, 2011

This recipe looks delicious!! I think I will have to make this one!

And I voted for you at the Best Health Blog Awards! Good luck!!

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Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 28, 2011

I can’t wait to see the before and after photos!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 28, 2011

Mmmmm….these look like warm, deconstructed oatmeal cookie chunks!!!! In other words…completely amazing!!!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 28, 2011

I’m with your hubby – best idea you’ve had all week! I will be making this with almonds asap! It will be the perfect treat once I start hearing back from colleges:)

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BrightBakes February 28, 2011

good luck on the run! You’ll do just fine :)
As for this granola…yeah, it’s gonna happen!
love,
cathy b.

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Beth February 28, 2011

That is one delicious looking bowl of granola. Yum!

Sounds like your reno is coming along and I can’t wait for the big reveal.

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Caitlin @the permanent life February 28, 2011

Sounds amazing!! Could you use coconut butter? Honey roasted peanuts would probably be so good in this. Glad your painting is going well, good luck on your run!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2011

i think coconut butter would work, you just might need to use more of it since it is so thick. Let me know if you try it!

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Tine February 28, 2011

Oh my god, peanuts in granola.
Lovely idea!

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Ashley February 28, 2011

Mmmm. I think i’m going to try this with PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams as the pb. Decadent!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2011

mmm great idea!

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Julie @ Shining From Within February 28, 2011

I’m seriously about to cook my way through your blog haha

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Alyssa - fashion fitness foodie February 28, 2011

Looks amazing! I need to try and make my own granola because I go through it so fast! Excited to see your renovations

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Emily February 28, 2011

Oh man, good luck with your 11 miles! I ran 8 on Saturday after going out Friday night.. It was difficult to say the least but I never regret a good workout!

And your recipes never cease to amaze me, that granola looks so delish. And even though its “dessert” granola it’s still granola which clearly makes it okay for breakfast too.

:)

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