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Sea Salt & Chocolate Chip Granola

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This chocolate chip cookie granola is a simple homemade granola recipe that will remind you of your favorite chocolate chip cookie! Perfect as a snack, with yogurt, milk – however you like!

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds 
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup quick oats (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds 
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (or slivered)
  • 1/3 cup creamy cashew butter (or sunbutter to keep nut free)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/3 cup oil (melted cooled coconut, avocado, olive)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • flaked sea salt, for sprinkling once cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine chia seeds with water; set aside for about 3-4 minutes until mixture gels together.
  3. In large bowl combine rolled oats, quick oats, almonds, sunflower seeds.
  4. In medium bowl combine nut or seed butter with oil, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla. Note: if nut or seed butter is very thick, try warming up first. Now stir in chia seed mixture and add dry ingredients. Use large wooden spoon or sturdy silicone spatula to combine, using hands at end as necessary to get the mixture fully coated.
  5. Transfer to lined baking sheet, spreading out almost flat but keeping some chunks.
  6. Bake granola for 15 minutes, then flip the granola using flat spatula (to prevent from browning too much) and bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes on baking sheet. Next sprinkle mini chocolate chips over granola and gently cluster granola together – this will melt some of the chocolate chips. Finish with flaked sea salt and allow granola to cool completely – about one hour.
  8. Transfer granola to airtight container. Granola will keep at room temperature about 7-10 days. 

Notes

Using quick oats help create better clusters and bind the ingredients together. If you only have rolled oats, pulse about 3/4 cup or rolled oats a few times in a food processor (i.e. NutriBullet) until broken down – but don’t pulse too long or you’ll end up with flour.

To make nut-free: omit almonds and use 1 full cup of sunflower seeds. You can also add half cup hemp hearts. Use sunflower seed butter instead of cashew. 

Nutrition approximate and based on 1/3 cup servings.

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