My foodie penpal (who’s name I will NOT reveal yet) this month can’t eat any type of chocolate besides white because it gives her horrible headaches. I was both horrified and heart broken when I learned of her misfortune. I’m not a fan of white chocolate at all, so for me a diagnosis like that would pretty much mean a chocolate free life. I don’t wish that fate on even my worst enemy. But surprisingly, my penpal actually LOVES white chocolate, and considering it’s the only type she can have, I felt it was my
need duty RESPONSIBILITY to send her something white and chocolatey.
I did make some pretty amazing cookies that I quickly shipped off before I could eat the whole batch. Recipe and details to come. But for now, let’s focus on the healthy chocolate alternatives. I’ve gone on about granola in the past. My favorite part of making granola, is once you have a base (sweetener, oil and oats) you can really add anything. Generally I prefer cranberries or cherries with my granola but I wanted something more delicate to go with the white chocolate, like blueberries. Throw in some flax seed and quinoa for crunch, honey for sweetener, a few spices and a little extra and a perfect granola is made.
Blueberry White Chocolate Granola (Makes about 8 cups)
- 1/2 c honey (blueberry, cause I’m fancy like that)
- 1/3 c canola oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- pinch of salt
- 4 c oats
- 1/2 c slivered almonds
- 1/4 c flaxseed
- 1/2 c pepitos
- 1/2 c quinoa
- 1 c dried blueberries
- 1 c white chocolate chip
Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small bowl whisk honey and canola oil until smooth. You’ll need a bit of muscle for this! Add cinnamon, cardamom and salt and blend well.
In a large bowl, mix oats, almonds, flaxseed, pepitos and quinoa.
Stir in honey oil mixture until granola is well coated. Spread oats on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Let granola cool and break apart into a clean large bowl. Stir in white chocolate and dried blueberries (make sure your granola is COMPLETELY cooked or the chocolate will melt all over…like mine might have a bit…). Store in an air tight container.
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