Anytime I can incorporate my favorite dessert flavors into something for breakfast, I feel like I’ve won. I eat yogurt for breakfast every single weekday and topping my yogurt with different items such as fruit and/or granola helps me never get sick of it. One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate with coconut and when you add the almond that you get in an Almond Joy candy bar, I’m in heaven. I bought a large container of rolled oats last week with this Almond Joy Granola in mind.
Almond Joy Granola begins as any classic granola does with wholesome rolled oats. Then I added sliced almonds, coconut flakes (you could use shredded coconut if you cannot find the flakes) and a combination of coconut oil and chocolate. I tried to keep the added sugar to a minimum with just a bit of brown sugar and honey so you will not be overwhelmed with sweetness when you eat this granola.
I also love customizable recipes, which desctibes this Almond Joy Granola exactly. Don’t care for almonds? Swap for peanuts, pecans or skip the nuts all together. Not a fan of coconut? Leave it out or substiture rice krispies or corn flakes.
Another reason I love this Almond Joy Granola on my breakfast yogurt is that I am crazy for crunch. Whether it is yogurt or ice cream, I always enjoy it more if there is something crunchy mixed in.
Perhaps the most unique addition to my Almond Joy Granola is chia seeds. Bob’s Red Mill was kind enough to send me some chia seeds because I have been intriqued by the new super seed that is all the rage these days. While they do not alter or enhance the flavor of this granola at all, in the research I have done, I am excited about the idea that chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for heart health and are also a good source of fiber, protein and calcium. No you will not start sprouting green “fur” like the beloved chia pets, you may just feel more full and enjoy a pleasant extra crunch the this Almond Joy Granola!