I had this CRAZY craving for chocolate granola yesterday. Of course my aim was to make it chocolaty and tasty, but still healthy. So I made it with hazelnut and a lot of popped quinoa, only used a little coconut oil, some cashew butter and maple syrup. So if you’re in the mood for a chocolate granola that still shouldn’t be too sweet then this is the perfect recipe for you.
We are super excited as we were at an amazing animal shelter here in the Algarve yesterday, called Animal Rescue Algarve. We want to adopt a dog, as we know that there are soooo many abandoned dogs here in Portugal. Of course we also love dogs and always wanted to have one. We think it is beautiful for kids to grew up with animals. Now that we are living in an apartment with a garden and we are outside a lot during the day, we think it might be the perfect timing.
The staff at the animal shelter was really special. They were so kind, sincere and full of love. We had written an email to them telling something about us and they had a dog, which they thought might fit perfectly to us. It was crazy, we understood each other so well and had such an instant connection that we even all went for lunch together. They showed us this crazy good vegan restaurant in Loulé, called Vegan Joe’s. It was super tasty.
The funny thing is, the dog they had in mind for us is called Panda and my husband works for WWF (the NGO with the panda logo). It must be fate! I saw the dog and I really fell in love. Although I was the one who was really reluctant and careful with the idea of adopting a dog, I couldn’t hold myself back, when I saw Panda. She is something special. All three of us, were lying in bed yesterday and thinking of her, so special was her presence.
So hopefully we will be able to adopt her as soon as possible. Yesterday evening we were already researching like crazy how we have to feed her. There is a very split way of thinking concerning the food of dogs. My husband watched Petfooled yesterday evening, where they say the best is to give them raw meat. That would be really awkward for us: we live plant based because we want to make the world more sustainable and then we adopt a dog for whom we would have to buy raw meat, that is, kill other animals every day and increase our environmental footprint. We have heard about people that raise their dog vegan. We are researching this deeply now, and are thinking of giving him 90% vegan food, some meat now and then, and some special vegan dog food, which the necessary supplements. If you are experienced in this subject, we would be really happy to get some advice.
SERVES: 4-5 cups
200g oat flakes (gluten-free if preferred)
50g popped quinoa
100g hazelnuts, chopped roughly
40g cashew butter
30g coconut oil
80g maple syrup / or honey
2 tbsp cocoa (=14g)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 150ºC (upper and lower heat). In a large bowl mix the oats, the quinoa and the hazelnuts.
Add the cashew butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa to a small pan and bring everything to a melt, so that it can be mixed well.
Add it immediately to the oat mixture and stir well. I always like to stir first with a wooden spoon and then with my hands to really spread it evenly.
Spread the granola on a baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, stirring the granola 2-3 times in this time.
Let it cool completely before storing in a jar. We enjoyed it with coconut flakes, roasted banana and oat milk.
Healthy for people & planet – please go always organic!