YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS GRANOLA. NOW.
So there I was, not at all procrastinating doing my AP Euro homework (ha) when I decided, out of boredom, to look in the pantry. (Of course, I most definitely NEVER eat when I am bored. Out of the question.)
Me: Why is there so much coconut?!?!
Me: LET’S BAKE SOMETHING
So then, in typical high-schooler fashion, I decided to throw all of my academic responsibilities out of the window and FOOD. And you guys? I’m so glad I did because OH MY GOOD LORD IN HEAVEN THIS STUFF TASTES LIKE THE TEARS OF SWEET BABY JESUS, except I’ve never tasted baby Jesus’s tears, but whatever.
The point is: if you want some freaking delicious granola and/or are looking to procrastinate at your responsibilities (which are undoubtably LESS IMPORTANT), MAKE THIS.
Coconut Chocolate Chia Granola
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Handful semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
Directions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and heat oven to 350º. In a food processor, blend the coconut, 2 Tbsp of maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract together until a rough “dough” forms. Squish dough into a large ball, then break off into small clumps and spread on sheet. Mix together oats, remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl. Spread evenly over the baking sheet, and DO NOT MIX. Bake in oven for 7 minutes, then remove and gently mix. Put back in oven for 4 more minutes. Turn off heat and sprinkle with chocolate and chia seeds. Place sheet back in the oven (which is off but still hot) for additional two minutes. Let cool.
If you do not make this granola, I will be extremely disappointed in you.