Hi guys! It’s Gab from Artful Desperado with a spooky recipe that’s gonna knock your socks off. It’s so tasty, it’ll leave your taste buds haunted—ohhh yass—who doesn’t like a bad Halloween joke?

I recently visited a cacao plantation, and man oh man, my love for chocolate went over to the moon and back. I’ve been scheming everything-cocoa-and-chocolate since then, and one of the things I wanted to make right away was something for breakfast, hence this suuuuper good granola that can be eaten in a parfait OR as a snack when you need a little sweet pick me up.

If you’re a chocolate lover, you can even make a double batch that will last you a couple weeks (or a day if you’re me haha).

I used store-bought coconut yogurt to make this parfaits, but you can use any kind of yogurt you like, I would avoid using greek yogurt as it’s too thick and with the granola it would turn out a bit dry.

Enjoy!

west elm - Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits by Gabriel Cabrera

Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits
Makes 1 large batch of granola (for about 6-8 parfaits)

Ingredients:

For the granola:

    3 cups rolled oats
    1 cup pecans, chopped
    1 cup walnuts, chopped
    ⅓ cup cocoa powder (use all natural so you get the best flavour without sugar)
    ¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
    ⅓ cup dried cherries (sub for dried cranberries if you can’t find)
    3 tablespoons black sesame seeds (optional, but I love the toasty flavour they develop)
    ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
    ⅓ cup maple syrup
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (sounds odd, but it cuts the richness of the granola, trust me).

To make the parfaits

    Coconut yogurt, plain or vanilla
    Pomegranate

west elm - Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits by Gabriel Cabrera

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F (if your oven is slightly on the hotter side, then preheat at 325F)

2. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper

3. Mix all the granola ingredients in a large bowl making sure it’s all combined. If the mix is too dry, you can add a touch of extra coconut oil or maple syrup to get it going. Once combined, taste for seasoning – you should have a nice sweet bite with a touch of saltiness at the end, if you don’t get any saltiness, then add a couple extra pinches of sea salt. Transfer the granola to the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until you can smell the chocolate and the mix sizzles. Take out of the oven, let it cool but DO NOT touch it while cooling – you want nice crunchy clumps to form and if you touch them you’ll break them apart.

west elm - Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits by Gabriel Cabrera

west elm - Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits by Gabriel Cabrera

4. Once cool, place in a glass and serve with yogurt, topped with some pomegranate seeds and some extra chocolate or cacao nibs

BONUS: this recipe makes an excellent hostess gift! Trust me, my friends love it whenever I bring a jar full to their home.

west elm - Dark Chocolate Granola, Coconut Yogurt, and Pomegranate Parfaits by Gabriel Cabrera

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