ANNA'S CHOCOLATE GRANOLA
By Anna Davies
Is it possible to have an addiction to granola? I have to admit that I generally eat one bowl a day minimum. I think the beauty of granola is it’s a healthy, comfort food (as long as it isn’t too sugary of course) and it’s a good go-to option for a lot of different situations. If you are having a bad day, you can make a batch of granola at night and start the next day with a good breakfast. I often give granola as a gift for the holidays or for someone hosting us. It’s the perfect pre bike ride/ recovery food and a great start to a busy day at work. I’m never left crashing an hour later like other breakfast options. Need I say more. To me granola is the new avocado toast.
I’ve been making granola for over 10 years now and I have to say, I enjoy making it almost as much as I enjoy eating it.
I would make big batches in my dad’s kitchen using his cast iron Aga cooker. I loved that I could make the recipe a little differently every time depending on the nuts, seeds and dried fruit that I wanted to add. I would often add barley malt extract as a sweetener which gives it a rich, malty flavor and makes for a great vegan option.
So when we were opening our Ritual Chocolate cafe in Park City, I wanted to have my granola recipe on the menu in some form. This time we thought it would be great with a chocolate twist, so our Chocolate Granola recipe has a tasty addition of roasted cacao nibs to give it a bit more crunch and light coating of melted chocolate for a chocolate-y kick. It’s just like the granola I used to make back on my father’s farm in England, now with some high quality cacao!
As always, you can swing by one of our cafes to pick up a bag or find it online here.