Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Greetings from the breakfast table! Excuse me while I finish my mouthful of granola. Ahem. This Chocolate Orange Granola is like a dessert and breakfast all in one, but I don’t feel the least bit guilty. Sorry not sorry.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola

 

My granola obsession started just over a month ago, after purchasing Izy Hossack’s debut cookbook: Top with Cinnamon. I’ve been following Izy’s blog Top with Cinnamon for many months now, and instantly became a huge fan of her blog and the recipes. Her cookbook has a big variety of mouthwatering MUST COOK NOW dishes, all beautifully styled and photographed. I encourage anyone with a sweet-tooth to pick up a copy!

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Always an admirer of Izy’s breakfast dishes, the first recipe I wanted to recreated from the cookbook, was her 10 Minute Almond Granola. After that – life was never quite the same again. I had to have granola for breakfast every day after that. Then again for brunch. Then maybe again for dessert. Shhhh, don’t judge me.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

But seriously, if I’d have known how good homemade granola was (compared to the supermarket varieties) – it would not have taken me 24 years to get to this point. Now I’m eating it by the bucketful, making up for a lifetime deprived of good granola.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

So for a few weeks now I’ve been brainstorming ideas for different flavours that I could make for Heart + Bowl. Then I got distracted by a Terry’s Chocolate Orange bar, and it all seemed far too obvious. Lightbulb moment! Chocolate Orange Granola. Scrap that – Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola. Even better.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

After a couple of trials, I’m pleased to be able to bring you this recipe. Hopefully it’s something that will encourage you out of bed in the morning! With those dark wintery mornings just around the corner – we’ll be needing that extra bit of encouragement! The alllll newww granola wake-up alarm.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola

Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 200g gluten free oats
  • 35g almonds, roughly chopped
  • 25g roasted flaked almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 200ml smooth orange juice
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g 70% dark chocolate, roughly cut into chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly pour in the orange juice a bit at a time until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the honey/maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Once well combined, slowly drizzle oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to coat.
  4. Spread the oat mixture onto the lined baking tray in an even layer. The mixture will be fairly doughy, but do not worry, it will crisp in the oven. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to evenly brown the granola.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir a final time to break up any larger pieces. Allow to cool completely before adding the dark chocolate chunks and transferring to an airtight container.

Notes

Serve with milk of your choice or a dollop of yogurt for a quick and easy breakfast.

The granola will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks.

In an ever-evolving tech-savvy world, foodies and food bloggers can make great use out of a few staple apps, to really help them in and out of the kitchen. I’ve put together a little collection of my favourite free apps, to help you get more out of the online food community, and encourage you to cook, blog and browse efficiently. Here’s my list of top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers:

Top 5 apps for foodies and food bloggers

 Feedly

Follow an insane number of food blogs? Then Feedly is your best friend. Or if you want to get technical, it’s your smart-ass RSS reader. A smartRSS reader if you will. This means you can follow all of your favourite food bloggers all in one place. It’s a smarter and faster way to track, read and share posts from the foodie blogs you love. This app helps you to create a beautifully laid out, custom newsfeed, to insure that you never miss another post or recipe from your favourite food bloggers. The garlic crusher of the tech world, Feedly makes browsing fast, simple and easy.

top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

Pocket

Do you ever stumble across a delicious recipe at a time when you are too busy to save it? Thinking to yourself, I’ll have to remember that for later. But then, life happens. It’s forgotten in an instant. Never fear, because Pocket is well and truly here for you. This beautifully clever app will allow you to save and pocket a recipe for later, with just the touch of a button. It’s available on your phone, tablet, internet browser or computer and works offline, so you will never lose track of interesting posts ever again. Pocket also partners up perfectly with Feedly, allowing you to pocket things straight from your Feedly newsfeed. Its Feedly’s witty sidekick, without the embarrassing pants and cape. Together – they are invincible.

top 5 free apps for foodies and  food bloggers

Zest

Ever dream that you could create your own custom cookbook? Well stop sleeping, and quit your dreaming, because Zest Recipe Manager is the real deal. This app allows you to collect and automatically import all of your favourite recipes from the web, and store them as a digital cookbook. A tailor-made digital cookbook for your iPhone and/or iPad. Do you need a quick pinch? Browse, organise, tag and search all of your recipes and photos via a slick, glossy interface. You can even add your own recipes. When it’s time to get cookin’, Zest will guide you step-by-step through your selected recipe. Foody heaven.

Top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

Pinterest

We all love reading a good recipe, but let’s face it, sometimes all we really want to do is stare at photos of food for hours. And I mean hours. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pinterest was born from our generation’s love for posting food snaps. Look at my healthy breakfast. Here’s my hipster coffee. Feast your eyes on my gastropub dinner. You get the picture. So if you want to feed your hungry habit, get yourself on Pinterest. Tonnes of foodies, food bloggers and enthusiasts are constantly pinning their mouthwatering, belly-grumbling recipe photos to the site, and the app makes following and browsing them completely effortless. Make inspirational boards to organise your favourite foody images. Pin pictures from your own food blog. Pin some porridge, pin some pasta, pin some pastries. Get pinning, the possibilities are endless.

top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

OpenTable

If you’re a food lover, then you probably like going out for a meal from time to time. Become a savvy restaurant-goer with OpenTable. This app allows you to easily book a table at over 4,000 restaurants in the UK. For my US readers, there’s a US version available here. Choose a date, time and party size to find and book available tables in real time. You can find restaurants near you or wherever you’re headed, read restaurant reviews and rate them yourself. You can also narrow your search by cuisine, price, distance or special offers. Choosing where to eat has never been so easy. Choosing what to eat, might be another matter.

 

So there we have it, my top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers! Please let me know of your favourite foody apps, I would love to discover some new gems.

 

 

I’ve always wanted to infuse my own oils, in a silly food-geeky kind of way, and this week I finally got round to doing it. I couldn’t pick one particular flavour, so I decided to do what any (in)sane girl would, and make 3 different infusions. So this week I’m completely spoiling you with 3 amazingly simple recipes.

 

Infused Oil 3

 

Amongst the olive oil whirlwind, I’ve also been dedicating my time to other new and exciting activities this week. Me and a friend took a spooky Ghost Walk around our historic home city of Norwich, I made Naturally Ella’s delicious Raw Chocolate Brownies, and funded The Yellow Table Cookbook, an inspirational foodie project on Kickstarter. I’m so pleased Anna has reached her funding goal. There’s still 6 days to go, so get clicking if you fancy backing someone’s dream!

 

Infused Oils

 

My biggest tip when making any of these oils, would be to make sure your bottles are sterilised, and as dry as possible. That goes for the fresh herbs used too, try to dry them out as much as you can before use. Even If you find yourself drying them in an airing cupboard, or gently with a hairdryer. Ahem. Totally didn’t do either of those. Ahhhh, the glamorous life of food blogging! Joking aside, this is an important step. Locking out the moisture will insure you won’t end up with mouldy bottles, and will allow you to keep the oils for as long as possible.

 

All 3 Infused Oil Recipes can be found here:

Chilli Olive Oil

Lemon and Basil Oil

Rosemary and Garlic Oil