Monday, May 7, 2012

cacao nib coconut granola

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making granola is one of the easiest and tastiest things i love to make.
there are a million ways to make your own unique granola - i love adding different textures to my granola. once in a while all those little odds and ends you have sitting in your pantry by way of nuts, dried fruits and sweeteners typically gets made into a big batch of delicous granola that lasts a couple of weeks.

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gluten free oats are tossed with unsweetened coconut flakes, pistachios,  cacao nibs & melted coconut oil.
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coriander, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and agave are added to the mix.
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then baked for a short time


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i really loved the combination of pistachios and coconut - so yum.
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the cacao nibs add a punch of super food power


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stored in an airtight container, this granola will keep for 2-3 weeks.
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i personally like my granola served straight up with a shot of almond milk


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or eaten staight outta the container by the handful
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however you like to enjoy your granola, you will be sure to enjoy this version with
hints of cinnamon and coriander.
packaged in a little mason jar, granola makes a nice little homemade "thank you", "i like you" or "you simply are the BEST" gifts - they take no time at all to whip up.
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Cacao Nib Coconut Granola
makes 8 servings

pre heat oven to 325*
you will need:
1 cup gluten free oats
1/4 cup each:
unsweetened coconut flakes
pistachios
cacao nibs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp agave

assembly:
in a medium bowl combine oats through cinnamon - set aside

in a medium sauce pan melt coconut oil and agave - turn off heat.
add the oat mixture to the sauce pan and stir until all of the oat mixture is well coated witih the coconut oil and agave.

evenly spread miixture on a rimmed baking sheet  - bake in pre heated oven for 10 minutes - then toss mixture and bake for an additional 5 minutes

remove from oven. with the back of a spatula press down on granola, this will help form the big chunky pieces of granola.

allow to completely cool in the pan. once fully cooled, store in an airtighht container for u

Yum

51 comments:

  1. I love how you added coriander and pistachios. These granolas look delicious and are so original !

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    1. The Coriander was amazing- it was my first time adding it to a granola recipe :)

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  2. i love the combination of chocolate and pistachios. i love the color of the granola. it looks delicious!

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    1. I loved how the milk turned all chocolately and cinnamony - like cocoa rice crispies!

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  3. Ooooooooohhh--cacao nibs are such a great addition! I am going to have throw some in during my weekly batch of granola-making. I like the idea of my milk turning into a stream of chocolate so at the end I get the honor of slurping it all in as a reward for eating so well :)

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    1. Chocolatey and Cinnamony - so good! The sweetend Cacao Nibs are amazing and totally worth adding into just about anything :)

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  4. Can you believe it's been one year since I've made my own granola?! What happened to me!! This looks super yummy, and I love the addition of pistachios! Will have to do that next time. :)

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    1. Gosh Willow what is wrong you - you are totally lacking in the granola & hummus making area, gee maybe you are just too busy whipping up absolutely amazing recipes and taking gorgeous photos of them?

      I do reccomend the already shelled pistachios, that is unless you are like me and kind of dig the mindless repetition of shelling them - it is kind of soothing...

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  5. Another great granola recipe - I've never tried one with pistachios! Also, I didn't realize there were different kinds of cacao nibs until recently...my dad bought some that looked like the ones in your picture and I noticed they were called sweet cacao nibs. They tasted much better than the ones I have, which are unsweetened and more crunchy. But I think either kind would work well in a granola!

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    1. YES I just came across the sweetened Cacao Nibs- they are amazing! Either would totally work, I have used both - the sweetened ones were used this time around.

      I am a huge fan of pistachios :)

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  6. Pistachios and cocoa nibs!? Yum! Love this combination. I'm with Cara - the milk turning chocolatey is a huge selling point! *hehe* Beautiful post!

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    1. The milk totally reminds me of the cocoa rice crispies milk!

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  7. I have GOT to try making my own granola... using one of your recipes of course! Love the addition of pistachios- genius!

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    1. Its a deal - I'll make your Quesadillas and you make granola, then we both will feel accomplished with full bellies :)

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  8. Cracking photos, seriously! Thanks for your comment on my blog :D. I shall bookmark yours.

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    1. I can see why Cara has such affection for you - I bet you make all the girls swoon by using cracking in all your comments :)

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    2. Don't let his British adjectives win you over...

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  9. This look scrumptious! I lovee homemade granola. Store bought just doesn't compare.

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    1. I totally agree and store bought is so expensive compared to making your own!

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  10. Coriander- that's so unique! And what a great idea!

    This granola looks so freaking fantastic- I wish I has some sweet cacao nibs so I could whip this up! I bet this would make a lovely addition on top of a banana smoothie or with some homemade almond milk. Damn girl my mouth is watering.

    Also, I think I'm a little too white to be saying "Damn girl" but let's look past that shall we ;)

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    1. Gabby you have won best comment of the day by using "Damn Girl" then following that up with "I am a little too white to be syaing that" thus making me crack up laughing by reading this, I am still giggling over that comment ;)

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  11. Oh good Lord. This... looks... divine. Cacao and pistachios are so sexy!

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  12. Ooh, I really like this combo! I just usually make it with almonds/pecans, honey, and raisins so this will be awesome for a change. And my dad bought some unshelled pistachios the other day at Costco!

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    1. It was meant to be! You must make this today, I think your Dad had planned it that way right? :)

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  13. Your granola looks delicious! I had to google cocoa nibs as I wasn't familiar with them. I will look for them the next time I make granola to try them out!

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    1. The slightly sweetened cacao nibs are awesome - they sell them on Amazon too! Whole Foods or Trader Joes may have them as well :)

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  14. i am loving the dark mood of the pictures.. its tough to take pretty pictures of dark stuff, without the whites overpowering it! these have perfect depth!
    and coriander in the granola.. did u add seeds or powder. the seeds would give a fun burst of flavor with the pistachios ad cacao nibs. i am loving loving this granola!

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    1. See this is why I need you over in NH Richa - I have coriander seeds sitting in my pantry and it never dawned on me to use the whole seed, I ended up using powdered coriander- you are so right the seeds would have added so much dimension!

      Your photo comments always make me smile :)

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    2. yeah, we all do need to move into one big blogger house.:) and as courtney said on fb,, it will become reality tv:)(which does not sound as much fun)

      I took some quick pictures of my dark mocha cake on sunday, and most came out like a dark blob on creamy white .. uggh. anyway i need to remake the cake. so now instead of going looking for the composition and colors on food photog site.. i am just going to use this!

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    3. Did you say you are making a dark mocha cake for our blogger house warming? Aww you are the best Richa :) oh wait that was what I wished you had said!

      I can't wait to see how your pics turn out of that cake - I am sure they will simply be amazing!

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  15. wow, your photos are absolutely incredible! i just added you to my list of favorite blogs. you'r photos speak to me! I can't wait to browse through your site in more detail! thanks for being incredibly talented.

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    1. Wow, you are so amazing- thank you for adding me to your list, it is truly appreciated. Your blog is absolutely wonderful, I love it and am so happy that we found each other!

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  16. I adore cocoa nibs and the idea of having them for breakfast each morning appeals strongly to me :D
    Look delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Same here - your tastebuds are tricked into thinking they are getting away with a chocolatey breakfast when in fact is it a super nutritous breakfast!

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  17. This looks so good! I've only made my own granola once, which is a shame because it's so easy to make. I love the idea of combining pistachios and cacao nibs here.

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    1. So easy Matt, you totally need more homemade granola in your life :)

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  18. Stunning photos, Heather! I mean, every single one is just gorgeous. And the granola looks super tasty as well- I've been toying with the idea of doing a cocoa granola, but this is way better than what I've been dreaming up. Cocoa nibs! Yum!

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    1. That you Kristy your comment means so much to me, the Cacao Nibs and Pistachios combined with the spices makes this granola incredible!

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  19. I love you!!! I just bought 2 large bags of cacoa nibs from Amazon.com and had no idea what to do with them. I have all but one of these ingredients in my pantry! And its another use for the vat of coconut oil I bought from Amazon.com too! WooHoo!!!! I know what I am doing this weekend!

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    1. Don't just stop at granola! I love Cacao Nibs - ontop of cream of wheat, oatmeal, cupcakes, cakes, smoothies - go to town with those 2 big bags :)

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  20. You know looking at the first photo I thought this was more a dessert than breakfast. Your photos are so beautiful!

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    1. You could totally eat this for dessert with a big dollop of vegan whipped cream or coconut bliss ice cream!

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  21. Yum! I have actually had a few granola failures- mainly I've wanted those big clusters of granola and haven't gotten 'em. But maybe being more adventurous with the ingredients like this is even better!

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    1. I agree the clusters are definitely hard to come by with homemade granola..I do find that the pressing helps a bit with the "clumping factor"

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  22. wow..looks & sounds delicious...great idea..!
    new to your space
    excellent space you have
    love your presentation
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Hi Jay! I am so happy that you stopped over for a visit and are now following, thank YOU!

      I had a chance to check out your blog and I must say that Cauliflower looks so amazing :)

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  23. Oooh, the flavor combo sounds delish

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    1. I Tiffany, thanks for stopping by and for the comment- the combination of flavors is pretty amazing :)

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  24. I love making granola too! And eating it of course, haha. This looks delicious - I love the cocoa nibs!!

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