Every season has a flavour. If summer is about fresh berries and zesty lemonades, then fall is about rich, comforting, and indulgent flavours.And when I think of indulgence, the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter stands unrivalled.
I remember those childhood days, eyes wide with yearning, as I stared at those colourful cereal boxes with sugary delights that were, unfortunately (or fortunately, in hindsight), off the table. My mother, bless her, had the foresight to prioritize nutrition over whims. Yet, the child in me never stopped dreaming of that perfect bowl of chocolatey, peanut-buttery goodness.
Fast forward to now, I’ve attempted to create a version that doesn’t just resonate with nostalgia but also aligns with my philosophy of wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients.
Not to be confused with your everyday cocoa, cacao is a superfood. Packed with antioxidants, magnesium, and boasting numerous health benefits, it’s my choice for that deep chocolatey flavour. My choice of cocao nibs are from Navitas.
To intensify the peanut butter flavour and boost the protein content, I swear by Truvani’s Peanut Butter Protein Powder. It adds depth and nutrition to every spoonful.
My family’s home-produced maple syrup is the sweetener of choice, adding a hint of earthy sweetness without any additives.
For that much-needed crunch and additional health benefits. Almonds provide healthy fats while sunflower, pumpkin, and hemp seeds bring in a variety of nutrients.
While both derive from the same source, their processing and health benefits vary. Cacao, being less processed and retains more of its nutritional value. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants, a mood enhancer, and even aids cognitive functions. It lacks the sugar often found in commercial cocoa, making it a clear winner for me.
Another vital ingredient is the sweetener. While I am privileged to have access to additive-free maple syrup, I urge you to choose wisely when it comes to this component. Avoid corn syrup at all costs and lean towards healthier alternatives like agave, honey, or date syrup.
The magic of this granola lies in its duality. It’s a nod to those carefree days of youth, filled with the promise of sweet treats. Yet, it’s tailored for today, with its health-conscious ingredients and rich, mature flavors.
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