It's Secret Recipe Club time again! This month I was assigned Table For Seven. Table For Seven is written by Erin who is a "mom to many"! Erin has 6 children. Her youngest passed away last summer at the age of 31 days....this story brought me to tears. I cannot even imagine what it is like to lose a child. My father passed away in February which was and is difficult to deal with. I cannot even imagine the pain of losing a child. May God help you with this great loss Erin.
Erin lives in the suburbs of Midwestern Illinois. We used to visit Illinois every year, specifically the suburbs of Chicago, to visit relatives. My US geography is terrible...no idea if that is MidWestern Illinois...but I am Canadian so I think it's okay :) Erin has some beautiful pictures of the meals she creates for her family. Some of the recipes that I had bookmarked are Homemade Marshmallow Fluff, Chocolate Eclair Cake and Cheddar Bay Biscuits. But I settled on making Chocolate Granola because I was all out of granola and chocolate anything sounds like a winner to me! This granola was great. It was not as sweet as the usual granola I make. I would suggest using a good quality chocolate in this...something you love to eat. I used semi sweet mini chocolate chips and wished I had used something sweeter. I used a lot less chocolate than Erin and added in more nuts. My eldest son who refuses to eat granola really enjoyed this (mainly due to the presence of chocolate). It made a great breakfast with some milk! Thank you Erin for sharing this recipe!
A side note: The wooden bowl I used in the picture above was made by me in Grade 7 or 8 in my woodworking class...and for my Hyderabadi readers...the spoons in the picture above have a picture of the Charminar on them!
Adapted from Table for Seven
3 cups large flaked oats
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 tbsp canola oil
6 tbsp honey
1 cup good quality mini chocolate chips or any other chocolate chopped (I used 1/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, sugar, walnuts, almonds and flax seeds.
In a small saucepan warm the honey and oil until the honey has thinned. Pour this over the oat mixture and stir until everything is coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until everything is golden brown. Allow to cool and then stir in chocolate.
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