Perfectly sweet and tart, chocolate chip raspberry granola makes a lovely healthy breakfast or snack. Gluten-free and vegan, with just a few simple ingredients, your granola craving can be satisfied in a snap!
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little raspberry red and bittersweet chocolate chips? A sad one, that’s what! I wanted to make sure I gave you all the sweet love-filled treats before the “big day”. But this recipe is a little throwback
Thursday Wednesday. Why? Well, This granola was made a little over a year ago during winter break of 2015 and I had meant to post it as a Valentine’s Day treat last year but obviously I dropped the ball on that one. So better late (a year late) than never!
It’s never a bad time to post granola anyway, am I right? This one is super simple too, which I know you all love! AND it’s obviously gluten-free and vegan, but also sugar, oil, and nut free. Have you noticed people actually naming their recipes “oil-free” or “fat-free” recently? I have and it’s killing me! It’s like they want the “fat-free” craze to come back with a vengeance. Newsflash, it’s not hard to not use oil or fats if you don’t want, same with refined sugar. But it’s the same thing with “skinny” recipes or “detox” in the title. I know it’s January and people are all about #goals, but food is not skinny and food can not detox you. Your liver does that. The only time it’s good to mention what your recipe is “free from” is concerning food allergies, and only if that’s your food blogging niche.
Let’s just vow to name our recipes what they are…please? Okay, it’s settled then! No more “skinny”, “low-fat” branded titles. Your muffin is not skinny, it’s a muffin, it’s round and voluptuous! Now (rant over), since it’s time to show some love and affection to yourself and your significant other, this granola fits all those silly criteria, but you wouldn’t know it! This may be one of the most simple and easiest granolas I’ve made and it’s traditionally baked (this was pre-cast iron era).
I think there should be a granola for every holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and I guess I should make a green “matcha” granola next for St. Patrick’s day! What I’d touted as previously for my Valentine’s Day granola was with fabulous Strawberry Mocha flavor! Another “red” and chocolaty type of crunchy goodie. Another reason why granola should be a “thing” for every holiday is the whole “perfect edible gift” thing. I gift granola to everyone since it is so easy and I’ve never met someone who HATES granola. Even if they think it’s not their “thing” at first, when they try some Strength and Sunshine granola, they’re all smiles 🙂
Maybe you could tell, but I have a secret desire to start a little side granola business. Although, I don’t know how that would work while in college and where does a girl get all those gluten-free oats? But one day, one day! So while I’m munching away on granola and gifting it to loved ones and friends, you can just make your own Strength and Sunshine granolas with my recipes!
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Granola
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix to combine.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat, evenly spread the granola out.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, toss, and bake another 10 minutes until crispy.
- Remove from the oven, let cool a bit and then add the chocolate chips, give it a mix and devour!
Now, promise me you won’t be one of those “pick the best part out” type of eaters. Don’t eat all the chocolate chips and leave all the raspberry oat goodness! I know it’s enticing, but then the fun will be gone before you know! You want the whole deal in those handfuls of snacking or spoonfuls of breakfast-munching! So off you go! Bake some granola, put it in a heart shaped chocolate box and give it to your lovie (without any extra fanfare in the title!)
So tell me:
+ Pet peeve? Let me hear it!
+ Who would you gift some Valentine’s Day granola to?
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