Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Healthy Almond Joy Granola. Filled with coconut, chocolate, and almonds, it's the perfect plant-based alternative to Halloween candy.
I'm going to try not to rant about Halloween. Because you don't want to hear about the horrors of handing out tons of sugar-filled candy to small children who are in the process of learning how to eat healthy foods.
Nope. I'm not ranting at all.
Here's what I'll say: I have tons of fun memories from trick-or-treating. BUT I remember feeling awful after eating only a couple pieces of candy. I would love for us to celebrate this holiday, but for the sake of our health, I wish we would give children good-for-you foods.
Okay. I'm actually done now. I'm going to talk about Healthy Almond Joy Granola, which is a delicious alternative to candy. (Read: it tastes like candy, but isn't unhealthy like candy.)
Granola is such a fun treat. With a base of oats (my favorite!) it packs a nutritional punch. Plus, you can add a ton of fun ingredients to make cool flavors. Like Almond Joy!
Almond Joy bars are basically coconut covered in chocolate and topped with almonds. It's a fun, tropical combination. For this granola, I'm taking the elements, coconut, chocolate, and almonds, and mixing them into my classic granola recipe.
Start by preheating the oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. The granola will stick to the pan, so you don't want to skip this step.
Then mix the oats, date syrup, coconut, and salt. Bake this for 10 minutes.
Stir in the almonds and bake for an additional 5 minutes. The almonds will burn if you leave them in the oven for longer than this!
Once the almonds are slightly toasted and the granola is getting crispy, remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool for 7-10 minutes. This will crisp up the granola even more!
While it's still slightly warm, stir in the chocolate chips. The chocolate will start to melt and coat the granola. YUM. Wait for the granola to cool completely and you'll have amazing chunks of almond, coconut, chocolate goodness.
Alternatively, if you want your chips to remain intact, wait for the granola to cool completely before adding the chocolate chips. Either way is delicious!
Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Though it probably won't last that long! Enjoy!
Jesus, thank you for our health. Thank you for educating us on how to feed our bodies nourishing foods. We ask for continued health and wellness. Amen.
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Healthy Almond Joy Granola. Filled with coconut, chocolate, and almonds, it’s the perfect plant-based alternative to Halloween candy.
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