Here to feed your coffee addiction and assist you with the wake-up process, this cereal comes fully equipped with its own whole roasted coffee beans drenched in chocolate, so no need to get the beverage fix when you can kill two birds with one stone in breakfast. Admittedly, it does pair nicely with an espresso shot, so if you’re going for the double boost, ease on the beans in the bowl.
My boyfriend happens to own a coffee roastery and with so many beans at his disposal, I had plenty to make my coffee vodka plus some leftovers. I hate throwing anything away and since EVERYTHING tastes good with chocolate (not an addict!) these coffee beans met their soul partner, the cocoa bean.
I will warn you, if you go ahead and coat the coffee beans in chocolate yourself, be prepared to undergo the most tedious experience in your life. No exaggeration when I say that EACH coffee bean has to be covered in chocolate individually and removed from the latter with a fork, left to drain between the prongs and then placed carefully on a flat surface laden with greaseproof paper to dry and neither can touch each other at this point. I chose also to dust mine with cocoa powder. Lengthy or what?!
I used dairy free chocolate, but if you don’t care about it being vegan then go ahead and use any chocolate you like.
I’m not a big coffee drinker but I do enjoy the odd cup of tea (ok, a pot or two a day). My coffee-loving partner doesn’t hold it against me. I mean what does he expect, England is a coffee-drinking nation- instant coffee is our morning solution. Proper coffee has become fashionable only in recent years so it’ll take time to convert the tea enthusiasts, and who knows if that will even happen. If you’re a builder’s brew kind of person, you’ll probably never change!
In terms of granola, why the fuck is it so expensive?! If you’re sick of paying the extortionate prices at which it is sold, no longer must you to continue down this wretched path. A cheaper option is available. Ok so yes it may be off-putting, the fact that you need to make it yourself, but that’s why I had never made it until now. All those years of buying expensive oats pimped up with fat and sugar when I can just sugar-coat them myself and it really is as simple and as literal as that.
I was in shock when I made it, a perfect imitation of the shop-bought stuff except I had the freedom to add my own extras (bonus) and NO raisins, whoop!
– 15 portions
- 300g oats
- 75g walnuts
- 75g cashews
- 75g almonds
- 75g dried fruit (I used dried cherries and cranberries)
- Preferred amount of chocolate coated coffee beans (don’t go too crazy!)
- 65ml rapeseed oil
- 65ml maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine together oats, oil, honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract
- Spread out evenly on a baking tray and bake at 150C for 35 minutes
- Allow to cool on tray before folding in remaining ingredients.
Now go enjoy your cheap bowl of impressively home-made granola. I drizzled mine with chocolate sauce, extra chunks of chocolate and fruit.