Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola with Raspberry Garnish

This past week it started with preparing for the Natural Products Expo. I needed to get my media kit together, so I enlisted the help of Jessa from CakedVintage. She did an amazing job and worked with me for hours via Facebook chat to get everything perfect.

native foods

Thursday night my husband and I finally managed to get a babysitter, and we headed out to Native Foods in Encinitas, CA to meet up with other San Diego food bloggers. We have never actually had a full vegan meal, so we were skeptical. I mean how good would an apple pie be if there was no dairy, butter, or eggs? Well let me tell you… we were blown away with how delicious the meal and apple pie were. I honestly could not tell that my “chicken” ranch burger did not actually have real chicken in it! At less than $10 a plate, Native foods will be our new quick dinner stop. Native Foods also has a location in Chicago. I hope that they expand all across the US!!! Thank you Bri for the pictures!

eggs benedict

The following morning I joined Chobani yogurt at Catal restaurant in Downtown Disney. Yet another delicious meal in great company!!! Eggs Benedict with the hollandaise lightened up with Chobani yogurt will soon be recreated here on The Seaside Baker!

Following breakfast I made my way over to the Natural Products Expo. The amount of companies that were at the expo was overwhelming. I sampled many new products and networked with lots of companies. Hopefully we will be reviewing and giving away many of these products on the blog soon! I also kissed a cow with StonyField!!!

cow kissing

This morning I woke up drained. Not a good way to start the week. I normally skip breakfast and just drink coffee till noon, which I know is horrible for you. Today I decided that I would make a conscious effort to eat breakfast every morning this week. But do you want to know a secret? I hate making breakfast!! In order to avoid the grueling task of cooking every morning, I decided to make a huge batch of granola.

Almond Joy Granola

My son loves Almond Joy bars, so I thought that if I made a granola version of this he would like it too. It worked! The granola is naturally sweetened with Wholesome Sweetner’s Organic Fair Trade honey  and shredded coconut. The kids loved the addition of cocoa powder because when add to milk, in turned into chocolate milk!

 

Almond Joy Granola

Ingredients

    Almond Joy Granola
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 cup butter melted or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

    Almond Joy Granola
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl combine oats, almonds, and cocoa.
  3. Mix until combined. Mix together butter and honey, pour into oat mixture.
  4. Combine all ingredients until everything is wet.
  5. Pour into baking sheet and spread all over the pan.
  6. Bake for 35 min, stirring the granola gently every 12 minutes.
  7. When done remove from oven and allow to cool.
  8. Once cooled, mix in chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
  9. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
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Almond Joy Granola with Raspberry Garnish

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4 Responses to Almond Joy Granola

  1. Sydney Kramer (@CrepesofWrath) March 11, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Almond Joys are definitely a favorite of mine. Chocolate and coconut are a match made in heaven, and the crunch from the almond makes me oh so happy. Knowing that I can have a version for breakfast makes me even happier!

  2. BriGeeski March 11, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Yum! Can’t wait to make these! Also, thanks for the link 🙂

  3. Chobani March 13, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks for joining us! We bet this granola would be especially killer on top of Almond Coco Loco Chobani Flip! Mmmm, drooling just thinking about it. 🙂

    Amy, @Chobani

    • The Seaside Baker March 13, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      That would be delicious! I didn’t try that one but I did try the Pineapple Caramel which was out of this world! Perfect snack to calm my sweet tooth while dieting!

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