Sweetly Raw – Granola (Paleo/Vegan) & Chocolate Superfood Cups
Granola lovers - and chocolate lovers! Today I have two great recipes for you. First, super crunchy vegan and paleo granola, then dark chocolate cups with an ultra luscious chocolate superfood filling that is both delicious and nourishing. I've made both of these recipes 3 times - they're keepers for sure!
The granola is lovely on its own with almond milk or by the handful for a snack with a piece of fruit but my favourite way to enjoy it is on top of a smoothie bowl! I just love the combo of creamy and crunchy together.
Oh, and did I mention that the granola is only 8 ingredients?!
Its super easy to make and stores for ages in a glass container so go ahead and double it (you'll be glad you did). You can quickly chop the nuts in a food processor or just chop them by hand if you don't have a processor. Feel free to use your favourite nuts and seeds.
3 cups mixed raw nuts of choice (I like cashews, almonds, and pecans)
1 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
optional: 1/2 cup sprouted dehyrated buckwheat groats*
Chop the nuts and seeds in a food processor. Transfer them to a bowl and add the coconut. Whisk the sweetener, coconut oil, vanilla and salt together until smooth. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix together well. Taste and add a bit more sweetener if desired or 1 tablespoon coconut sugar. Spread an even layer of a very large (9x18") parchment paper lined tray (or 2 smaller trays). Bake at 325F for 20 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown. Let sit until cool if you want chunky granola! When cool break into chunks.
*This means it won't be paleo anymore. In my last batch I added them because I have a big jar on hand and it was a nice addition.
See, you get nice big chunks like this when you let it cool and then break into pieces of all sizes. The big ones are nice to snack on!
Now onto the chocolate!
Chocolate is a daily indulgence for me. I don't believe in waiting for "cheat" days or until after a workout to enjoy it! These cups are the perfect way to enjoy chocolate because they're filled with deeply nourishing superfoods - you can decide which ones you use. Did you know that cacao is an ideal food to deliver superfoods into your body?! I used a blend which contained chaga, maca, lucuma, shilajit, mucuna, reishi, and cinnamon. Ashwaghanda would be nice as well.
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This recipe makes 4 large cups made in silicone muffin cups.
Chocolate Superfood Cups
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks of choice*
Melt the chocolate over low heat in a heat proof bowl. Use a spoon to spread a layer of chocolate into 4 large silicone muffin cups. Place in the fridge to set. Spread a second layer around the walls to create a thicker layer. Place into the fridge. Make the filling.
*Raw, cooked, or even make your own from scratch
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2- 3 tablespoons coconut nectar/maple syrup*
3 tablespoons protein powder of choice**
2 tablespoons cacao powder, or more
1 tablespoon superfood powders of choice (see above for my suggestions)
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Spoon into the 4 cups. Place into the freezer to firm up - at least 30 minutes. Spread chocolate over the top. Place into the fridge for at least 3 hours for the filling to properly firm up (otherwise it will squish when you bite into it).
*Use only 2 tablespoons of sweetener if using a sweetened protein powder.
** I used unsweetened collagen protein to make mine (I'll be making a 4th batch soon using vanilla vegan protein powder) - you can use your favourite protein powder.
Hope you give them a try, they're seriously SO good! And the granola too! I hope you see you over on instgram where I share every day.