Bake up a sheet pan of crisp, crunchy and nutrient dense chocolate granola bark.
I’ve made and eaten a lot of homemade granola over the years. It first started as a necessity, back in the days when store-bought grain-free granola options were few and far between, but even now that oat-free granolas are fairly easy to find I still like to make my own when I can.
First, because I get to choose what goes in it; and second because I like clumps and let’s face it, there are never enough clumps in the bags you buy at the store. In fact, I like those big clusters so much I make a whole sheet pan of them.
If you like your granola in big clumpy bites then you’ll love granola bark. It’s light and crispy, like a crunchy granola bar but thinner and broken up by hand into shards like you would brittle or bark.
It’s great with yogurt (coconut yogurt is my favorite) and/or almond milk and fruit for breakfast or simply plain for a snack any time of day. And because it’s tree nut-free and peanut-free it’s also a great option for a lunchbox snack for the littles ones.
It all starts with seeds, lots of different ones for a crunchy/crisp texture reminiscent of traditional granola. There are watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for flavor, fiber and fat along with some plant-based protein.
Chopped up finely the seeds create an oatmeal-like base for the granola. To that we add applesauce and maple syrup for natural sweetness, cocoa for a hit of chocolate and flakes of coconut for lightness and additional crunch. I also like to throw in a handful of chopped chocolate to make it extra special, but you can certainly opt to make a more restrained version without it if you prefer.
Everything then gets pressed evenly onto a sheet pan and goes into the oven where it stays until firm and dry. Once it’s fully cooled, you can use your hands to break the granola into shards of whatever size you please to eat whenever you please!
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