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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola
It’s true … I’m a granola fiend. Ever since I discovered how to make my own granola at home (and just how unbelievably easy it is), I’ve been a bit crazy for it. Every week or two, you can usually find me in my kitchen whipping up a new batch, almost always doing something to tweak it here or there. Because I can never leave well enough alone.

This Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola, however, is the first time I’ve gone all crazy chocolate bonkers with granola. It will so not be the last.

Rolled oats, coconut, and almonds tossed in a sweet, chocolatey glaze and baked to toasty aromatic perfection. Then we add strawberries–tart freeze-dried strawberries, to be exact. Because fresh strawberries would lead to soggy granola, and nobody wants that.

And then, THEN, a dark chocolate drizzle. Just to ensure that this granola is complete and utter chocolate-covered strawberry bliss.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola
If ever granola could be considered romantic, well … I think this is a good start. I, for one, am completely in love with it.Β 

Oh, and it’s a nice, flexible recipe, too. It’s still plenty delicious if you’d rather omit the chocolate drizzle. AndΒ if you prefer a vegan version, a couple of swaps will get you there: Just substitute vegetable oil or more coconut oil for the butter and replace the honey with pure maple syrup.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 8 cups

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola

Hearty, chocolatey, and addicting. Tart freeze-dried strawberries dot this decadent granola; a dark chocolate drizzle sends it over the top.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid, not melted)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups (1.2 ounces) freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 (4-ounce) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate bar (or substitute another chocolate bar or chips of your chosing)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Add the coconut oil, butter, and honey to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter and coconut oil melt. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cocoa powder. Pour this into the coconut oil/butter/honey mixture and stir with a whisk, stirring constantly until smooth, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the rolled oats, almonds, and coconut. Pour the wet mixture over the top and stir well with a wooden spoon, until most of the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Spread onto the cookie sheet and bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is fragrant and beginning to turn golden brown--about 30 minutes total. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool to the touch, about 10 minutes. Break the pieces up with your fingers, then let the granola cool the rest of the way.
  5. Once cool, add the strawberries, breaking them into smaller pieces with your hands as you mix them into the granola.
  6. To melt the chocolate, use a double boiler or place an oven-proof bowl over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water. Break the chocolate into chunks and place them into the double boiler/bowl, stirring constantly just until melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the granola and allow to cool until hardened, 1 to 2 hours.
  7. With your hands, break up the granola to distribute the chocolate and transfer to a bowl or storage container.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Note: don't let it get too warm, or the chocolate may melt and you'll have messy granola on your hands (literally)!
https://ohmyveggies.com/chocolate-covered-strawberry-granola/

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Katy
    February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This granola looks so awesome, I would definitely eat it as a snack all by itself. If only I could find freeze-dried strawberries here. Dried are just not the same and usually full of sugar.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Sorry about that. πŸ™ For what it’s worth, it’s not quite the same without the strawberries altogether, but still pretty dang good!

  • Reply
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    February 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    i love making homemade granola – this is just perfect.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    February 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This looks like it would make a great breakfast or dessert!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Or lunch … or dinner … hey, V-Day comes just once per year, right? πŸ˜‰

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    February 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This is gorgeous! Screw the red velvet, this is my kinda of Valentine’s day food. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Ha! I like the way you think. πŸ™‚

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    dishing up the dirt
    February 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    homemade granola has changed my life too! This version sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing Kare!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Seriously, it’s like the grand poobah of revelations, right?! πŸ™‚

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    Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse
    February 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I love this! Freeze-dried strawberries are a secret vice of mine. I used to pick them out of my cereal and eat them first because I love they way they crunch and then soften when I bite into em. >< Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      They are just like airy, guilt-free (or nearly guilt-free) candy! I love ’em too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    February 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    You had me at granola…than you added chocolate covered strawberry to the mix and there was NO turning back. I need this in my face like now!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Ha! Thanks Meg. πŸ™‚

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    lisacng @ expandng.com
    February 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I’m with ya 100%!!! Now, show us how to freeze dry strawberries :).

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      A quick Google search tells me it only takes a mere $6k worth of equipment to freeze dry fruit! Oy. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I am all for a little chocolate in my granola, this is gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Laura πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    February 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    OMG, I wish I could just gobble this right up! Wowwza!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Katie!

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
    February 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    YUM! I make granola every week, wish I’d known how easy it was to make before I started paying exorbitant prices for really sub par “gourmet” granola. This version looks scrumptious, I’ll have to add it to my repertoire. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Right?! Plus even the most mediocre batch of homemade just beats the pants off of store-bought. And it makes the house smell incredible when it’s in the oven!

  • Reply
    Julie
    February 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my! I need to go out and find myself some freeze-dried strawberries (I think they have them at Trader Joe’s, but the closest one is a 2 1/2 hour drive from here) ASAP! Or I need to try it with regular dried strawberries. Hmm…

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Okay, I am no longer allowed to complain about my nearest Trader Joe’s being 20 minutes away. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been wondering how it would turn out with regular dried strawberries. If you try it please let us know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    February 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I probably don’t need any other dessert on V-Day. Just a big bag of this.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      I’d express mail you some if we had any left! πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Urbanista At Home
    February 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my goodness… this is the most amazing looking granola I’ve ever laid eyes on πŸ™‚ Definitely making this, perhaps with quinoa flakes instead of oats since it’s hard to find certified wheat-free oats! Looks so good!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      And quinoa flakes are now officially on my “must find and try” list! Thanks for the tip. πŸ™‚

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
    February 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Woah! This is the best granola I have ever seen!! So fun and perfect for Valentines Day!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks! My intent was to make special chocolate granola only this time of year, but I have a feeling it might have to make a repeat appearance more often due to popular (toddler) demand. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers
    February 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    This looks amazing! Beautiful recipe.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Meredith!

  • Reply
    ana
    February 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    That is so freaking cute!!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Ha, thanks! For a millisecond, I considered carving a few of the berries into hearts. Pretty sure that would have crossed the line from cute to crazy, though. πŸ˜‰

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    whilehewasout
    February 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Oh this granola looks great, I dont usually like anything chocolate-y for breakfast but the I’d give it a go because of the strawberries! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      I’ve been sprinkling it on top of Greek yogurt along with sliced bananas for breakfast, and it’s great!

  • Reply
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    February 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I would love some of that to put over vanilla Greek yogurt right now for a snack!

  • Reply
    U.
    May 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This granola is actually dessert! I used pecans instead of coconut because hubby hates coconut. Absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe.

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