21 February 2015

Chocolate Orange Granola

Serves: 2-3
Time: 20 mins
Chocolate Orange Granola

When it comes to breakfast, I almost always have some sort of smoothie, with a base of bananas. I got my food delivered last night (at 10.30pm - the cheapest time slot) and realised that I forgot to put a note on there about ripe bananas - so I end up with 20 bananas that are the greenest I have ever seen. I thought it might be a good idea to put a couple of them next to the radiator and that the heat would help them ripen more quickly - it's safe to say that idea was not a good one and I ended up with half  'cooked' black/green bananas which were definitely not edible, I did try them though and kinda wish I hadn't! By now it was evident it was plan B for breakfast; oats. I adapted this recipe from one of my first posts where I used apple juice as a base, I really wanted to use chocolate in this recipe and then it occured to me that orange and chocolate go perfectly together! So I give you, rich & delicious super crunchy granola with orange zest and cocao nibs. This granola tastes absolutely devine and best of all, its nutritious and filling too!
Chocolate Orange Granola

Just a quick note - I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support with this blog, this has definitely been the best month on my blog since I began blogging back in 2013! I've also been featured on FoodGawker & Tastespotting for the first time this month which is truely incredible and I am so excited about! If you have any comments about my posts or about the best way to quickly ripen up bananas then leave your comment at the bottom - I'd love to hear your tips!
Chocolate Orange Granola with Soy Milk

You'll need:

  • Small Saucepan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Baking Tray
  • Wooden Spoon/ Spatula
  • Fine grater
  • Grease-proof paper


  • 1 unwaxed organic orange
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup jumbo rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp cocao powder
  • 2 tbsp cocao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line/ grease the baking tray.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the mixing bowl along with the zest of 1/2 orange, juice 1/2 orange (~1/3 cup) and the maple syrup. Mix together well, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  3. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 15 mins, mixing every 5 mins, then remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve up with some dairy free milk or yogurt and enjoy! Cassidy xx
Chocolate Orange Granola