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Chocolate Granola

You may have noticed my love of granola.  We don’t really eat breakfast cereal for a number of reasons, but sometimes you just need something yummy to put into your raw milk.  I saw a recipe for Hot Chocolate Granola and I was inspired to try something similar.  
I started with my regular granola recipe.  I mixed together 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and a splash of vanilla.
 In a separate bowl, I mixed together 4 cups of oats, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and a few pinches of salt.
I mixed the wet and dry ingredients together, spread it on a baking sheet, and baked it at 350*.  The hardest part was knowing when it was done, since it was already pretty dark!
This recipe is definitely a keeper.  It is reminiscent of those chocolate cereals that turn your milk into chocolate milk.  MMM!
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Yummy Brownies!

The other night after dinner, I decided that I needed brownies for dessert.  We didn’t have butter, so we came up with a coconut oil type.
First, John mixed together 2/3 cup of coconut oil, 2 medium eggs, and 1 cup sucanat together with the hand mixer. 
Then, we added in 1 cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, some salt, 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder, and some vanilla. 
We spread it into a buttered pan and threw it in the 350* oven for 25 minutes.
The result?
Perfection.  Lightly coconutty, nicely chocolatey, and the texture was perfect. Success!

This post was shared on the Hearth and Soul Bloghop and Simple Lives Thursday!


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Coconut Oil Mounds Candies

When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.  I looooove me some chocolate!  It was so easy to make, and both John and I love it.  Check out the original link, and I’ll show you the changes I made.
First, I combined coconut oil and coconut palm sugar in a pot.
When it was all melted, I added in cocoa powder. 
Once it was all combined, we added salt, vanilla, and shredded coconut.
I mixed it all together!
It was carefully spooned into an ice cube tray and refrigerated.
When all is said and done, it was DELISH!  It tastes like a Mounds Bar!
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