Re-creating grocery store foods is one of my favourite things. It’s like a challenge. And I love challenges. As was the case with Love Crunch Granola– It’s filled with dried berries, chocolate, and coconut. More of a treat than a breakfast, but delicious just the same. And quite addicting.
My best friend K, as well as my father, have both always loved this granola. K and I’s dads are good friends, so whenever my father would visit their house, he would go into their cupboards and steal the granola to munch on.
In conclusion – we owe K’s family a lot of granola… and it was going to get expensive. So to reimburse them for all the granola my father has “borrowed”, I made my own, Copycat “Love Crunch” Granola. And with less sugar.
Copycat Love Crunch GranolaPrint Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- ~1 oz freeze-dried strawberries or mixed berries (can swap dried strawberries if desired, use ~1/2-3/4 cup)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Mix together the oats and coconut.
In a larger bowl, stir together the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and cocoa powder, and ground cinnamon.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well coated.
Empty ingredients onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so until golden.
When the granola is cooled, crush some of the freeze dried berries (I used a plastic bag and a rolling pin to powderize). Stir in the chocolate chips as well as the whole and crushed freeze-dried berries.
Store granola in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt and fresh strawberries, and toasted coconut.