Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola

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We all good now?
We all good now?

I wanted granola and this is what I had leftover in my fridge/pantry/life. BOOM! Awesomeness in a bowl.

2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 Tbsps cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon (I think this helps bring out the taste of the chocolate)
3 Tbsps + 1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dessicated/flaked coconut
2/3 cup chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and it makes ALL the difference)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius. Line a baking sheet with foil (other people say parchment paper, I don’t have any).

In a bowl mix the dry ingredients (oats, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon).

In another bowl mix and then whisk the wet/binding ingredients (coconut oil, maple syrup, light brown sugar, vanilla extract).

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. I usually use a spoon and then my hands.

Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. Spread it out evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and flip and add the coconut. Bake for another 10 minutes. It should smell like it’s done. I know these instructions are subjective.

Remove from the oven and when still hot pour chocolate chips over. Carefully mix with a spoon so that the chocolate chips melt a bit.

Wait until its completely cool before storing in a container. Should keep fresh for a week.

*I owe my granola making prowess entirely to Shutterbean and base my granola recipe on her Nutty Cranberry Granola. However I did adjust baking times and I find that you really just have to watch the granola and figure out what temperature and time works for your oven.

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

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So this happened. This morning. I was proud. It tasted like chocolate and was kinda chunky (but in a totally good way). Yaay for effort!

1 frozen banana
1 cup of unsweetened soy milk (the white people kind – mine was Waitrose Organic, I got it from Cold Storage, its SGD5.40 for 1L)
1/4 cup cold oats (I made it the night before and put it in the frige – 1 part rolled oat and 2 parts water, stir over low heat until done)
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Marvella (It’s like fake, Turkish Nutella)
2 tsps honey

Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until done.

Pour into a glass. Put a McDonalds straw that your awesome apt mates thought to save in the cutlery drawer in the glass. Drink while watching The White Queen.

Smile.

*Don’t forget to clean the mess created by the food processor when the frozen banana attempted to escape.
*Adapted from the inspiring Food Doodles.