Almond Joy Granola

Almond joy granola

When I was a kid, I thought Almond Joy candy bars were gross. Who would put coconut and almonds in chocolate? These days, while I still prefer a candy bar that combines chocolate with peanut butter in any way, shape, or form, I have come to enjoy Almond Joy, too! When I came across a recipe for Almond Joy granola on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try. I haven't made granola in a while, and wanted to try something new anyway. Even though Joel thought it was a bit too sweet, I think the flavor of this granola is perfect. I have been enjoying it for breakfast, and by the handful as a snack!

2 cups Oats
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/4 cup Almonds, coarsely chopped (my addition)
3/4 cup Applesauce
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/2-1 teaspoon Almond Extract
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
2 tablespoons Milk
2 tablespoons Chocolate Chips 

In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips. In a medium bowl, mix the applesauce, maple syrup, almond extract, coconut oil, and milk. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and toss to coat. Spread the granola onto a baking sheet that has been lined with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Pull the pan out of the oven, stir the granola around, and return it to the oven for another 15-17 minutes. At this point, the granola was still soft, so I turned the heat down to 300 degrees and continued to bake for about 30 more minutes until it became golden brown and crispy. Allow to cool and place in an air-tight container. 

SOURCE: My Whole Food Life