Vegan Breakfast Recipes: Chocolate Coconut Buckwheat Granola

August 23, 2016
Are there certain ingredients that you find intimidating? For me, the list includes whole coconut, jackfruit, aquafaba, and buckwheat. Looking at this list, a common theme seems to be the work involved in extracting or cooking the ingredient--work that seems overly complicated and maybe not worth the final product. That said, I like a challenge, and I'm hoping to working on expanding my culinary repertoire in the coming months. First up? Buckwheat groats! I decided to use the groats in granola--a classic application--before trying anything too complicated. And what's more classic than chocolate and coconut? Enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Coconut Buckwheat Granola, dumplings!

Vegan Breakfast Recipes: Chocolate Coconut Buckwheat Granola

Recipe Type: Beverages Sweets
utensils YIELDS 2 1/2 cups
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  • 2 cups buckwheat groats (not kasha)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown rice or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together buckwheat groats, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt. (Reserve the coconut for later, as it will burn if it's in the oven for the full 25 minutes).
3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until fully combined. If the mixture seems too dry, add more coconut oil by the tablespoon until desired texture has been reached.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. At the 20 minute mark, gently fold in the coconut, making sure it's evenly incorporated on the pan. Check the granola after 5 minutes. The coconut should be nicely toasted but not burnt; if it hasn't yet reached this point, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
6. Serve! Granola can be stored in a glass container at room temperature for a week.

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Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.

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