Chocolate Coconut Granola

 Unlike many store bought granola's, this chocolatey granola is naturally sweetened with dates and banana, for a sugar-free, guilt-free snack on the go! Or enjoy it in a bowl with non-dairy milk and sliced banana. I ate mine with light coconut milk and drizzled it with a healthy amount of powdered peanut butter and almond milk.

Unlike many store bought granola's, this chocolatey granola is naturally sweetened with dates and banana, for a sugar-free, guilt-free snack on the go! Or enjoy it in a bowl with non-dairy milk and sliced banana. I ate mine with light coconut milk and drizzled it with a healthy amount of powdered peanut butter and almond milk.

Ingredients:

3 cups gf organic rolled oats
16 dates puréed with water
1 overripe puréed banana
1/3 cup cacao/cocoa powder
1 tbsp melted coconut butter (sub coconut oil) 
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt
If you prefer a sweeter granola, add maple syrup to desired sweetness.

Directions:

1.Preheat the oven to 300 F.

2.Add dates, water and banana, to high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. In large bowl, mix together rolled oats and cocoa powder. Add date and banana mixture, vanilla extract, coconut butter and salt and mix together.

3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture out in a thin layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes then take out and let cool. 

After baking, I added shredded coconut, chopped almonds, cocao nibs and goji berries!