Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chocolate "Granola" with Paleo-Friendly Yogurt


This morning I tweaked a recipe I shared last summer for my own take on Paleo granola. I was feeling in the mood for a little chocolate hit this morning, which I accomplished through cocoa powder and some chocolate hemp protein powder.

The end result was delicious. I opted for 2 tbs. of maple syrup and it was plenty sweet for me, but definitely less than most traditional granolas. You might want to use a little more sweetener depending on your taste buds.



Chocolate & Coconut Granola


2-3 tbs. maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 cup natural almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups mixed raw nuts and seeds (I used pepitas, sunflower seeds and cashew pieces)
pinch of salt
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
2 tbs. cocoa or carob powder
a few tbs. coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 275. Heat syrup or honey, almond butter and oil in a small saucepan until melted, stirring to combine. In a large bowl combine nuts, seeds, protein powder and cocoa powder. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients, mix well. Add as much coconut milk as needed to get the consistency you'd like. Stir in coconut flakes.

Spread mixture on a Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and return to oven for 10 more minutes. If you can resist, allow to cool a bit before eating!

I enjoyed my granola with some blueberries and yogurt. And I'm not ashamed to admit I had the white stuff, as I'm happy to report I enjoyed some *delicious* and Paleo-friendly "yogurt"! Thanks to a fellow food blogger I was recently introduced to Tula's CocoKefir. It's an amazing family-run business that grew from a need to nourish their daughter Tula, who has been diagnosed with autism.

This morning's "yogurt" was actually CocoYo, made from raw young coconut that boasts over 80 billion live cfu per serving. It's free of dairy, soy, gluten and is sweetened with stevia. It had a rich, custardy texture and delicious vanilla taste that was a real treat.


I firmly believe in the power of probiotics, and it's nice to have a way to enjoy a healthy alternative to yogurt and get an even bigger boost to the gut. If you're new to the subject, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal sums up the profound impact gut health has on overall health and well-being

 I highly recommend checking out CocoKefir's website or their Facebook page for more information on their products. It's so nice to find a small business worthy of enthusiasm and support!

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