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Dark Chocolate Granola

Happy New Year ! My first post of 2019 ! Do you have any new year resolution ? I am sure eating healthier is on everyone’s list, especially after the holiday indulgence…..but wait…..I still like my chocolates ?! So……let’s start with a recipe that has chocolate but also healthy and good for you ! How about granola ? It is easy to make and you can pretty much put whatever you like in there, nuts, seeds, dried fruits…..and yes, CHOCOLATES ! Use darker chocolate if you don’t mind the bitterness as it’s healthier. I used 85%, but if that’s too dark, you can use 60-70 %. Normally, I weigh all the ingredients in my recipe, but granola is very flexible, you can easily adjust the amount to your taste. 

I hope everyone is off to a good start this year ! Stay healthy and be happy !    

Makes about 2 cups     

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 50 g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 85 %) 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients 
  3. Add maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract, mix well
  4. Place a thin and even layer on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once
  6. Cool and store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks

 

 

Homemade Granola

Granola is so easy to make, even my eight year old daughter can almost do it all by herself (except using the oven) ! You can make it as simple as ours, or you can add more of your favourites. Eat it with milk, yoghurt and fresh fruits as a healthy breakfast or snack.

Makes about 2 cups
Total time = 30 minutes

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons demerara or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup blanched almond slices
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Mix together oats, sugar, raisins and almonds
  3. Add oil, maple syrup and vanilla, mix well
  4. Place a thin and even layer on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden, stirring once
  6. Cool and store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks

Banana Maple Pancakes

Who doesn’t like warm fluffy pancakes in the morning ? Sweetened with just banana and maple syrup, they contain no refined sugar. Serve them warm with fresh fruits, butter, or more maple syrup. We just had them for breakfast this morning, yum !

Makes about 4-6 pancakes
Total time: 20 minutes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  2. Whisk in egg, banana, milk, maple syrup and oil
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly oiled non stick pan or griddle over low to medium heat
  4. Cook about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin to form on top
  5. Flip pancake over and cook for about 1-2 more minutes until lightly brown

Easy Waffles

Waffles are great for breakfast or dessert.  Who can resist a warm,  fluffy waffle with chocolate syrup, whipped cream or blueberry jam?  Mmmmm…..

Makes about 4-5 waffles

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, warm but not hot
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat waffle machine according to manufacturer ‘s instructions
  2. Sift together flour,  baking powder,  sugar and salt
  3. Beat egg yolks lightly and whisk into flour mixture
  4. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla, mix well and set aside
  5. Whisk egg white in electric mixer until moderately stiff peak forms
  6. Fold egg white into batter until just blended ,  do not over mix
  7. Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions
  8. Serve warm with desired toppings

Whisking the egg whites and folding them back into the batter makes the waffles extra fluffy !

Super Easy Pancakes

Pancakes are very easy to make and homemade ones taste so much better!  My daughter loves to make and eat them.  It’s a good recipe to get the kids involved. Just watch those little hands around hot and sharp objects.

Makes about 12 pancakes

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt
  2. Mix together eggs, milk and vegetable oil
  3. Add milk mixture slowly to flour mixture, mix well
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly oiled non stick pan or griddle over medium heat
  5. Cook about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin to form on top
  6. Flip pancake over and cook for about 1-2 more minutes or lightly brown
  7. Serve with butter, maple syrup or your favorite jam